A 7-year-old pit bull mix named Van Gogh was used as bait in dogfighter rings in North Carolina, which ultimately cost the canine his left ear. Van Gogh was brought to Connecticut with Happily Furever After Rescue, where he lived with the organization’s founder, Jaclyn Gartner, while waiting for his forever home. Gartner decided to get creative to find Van Gogh a home. She put different colors of paint into a sealed plastic bag with a small canvas inside and rubbed a layer of peanut butter on top of the plastic. When Van Gogh licked the peanut butter, the paint moved around on the canvas to form an abstract art piece. Van Gogh loved to “paint” so much that Gartner compiled an art gallery of his creations to display at an adoption event. People began purchasing Van Gogh’s artwork and he was adopted by one of Happily Furever After Rescue’s volunteers, Jessica Starowitz. The pair have become best buds and Starowitz has continued to fuel Van Gogh’s painting passion.
Image via Happily Furever After Rescue
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