BETHEL, Connect. – A one-eared dog named Van Gogh is being honored for using his tongue to create artwork for his rescue.
Van Gogh, a 7-year-old boxer-pitbull mix, was rescued from a dogfighting ring in North Carolina, which left him with serious injuries, including a mutilated ear and multiple lacerations all over his body, said said Happily Furever After Rescue.
According to the rescue organization, located in Bethel, Connecticut, he was named after the legendary painter after his ear had to be amputated when he arrived at the shelter.
The center held a gallery of Van Gogh artwork to see if they could find someone to adopt him. (Credit: Jaclyn Gartner/Happily Furever After Rescue)
During his time, Van Gogh learned to paint with his tongue when Jaclyn Gartner, the founder of The Rescue, had the idea of placing a canvas with paint in a plastic bag covered in peanut butter.
“I actually saw the idea on TikTok over two years ago and thought it was clever,” Gartner told FOX TV stations. “Dogs get special treatment and in turn create beautiful works of art. With Van Gogh’s name I thought it would make a fun idea for an event as he was unable to attend our adoption events due to dog selection.”
The center held a gallery of his pieces to see if they could find someone to adopt him. Gartner shared that she was disappointed when only two people showed up for her art gallery debut, because it was one of the “most amazing things” to happen to their little local rescue.
Van Gogh’s work on display. (Credit: Jaclyn Gartner/Happily Furever After Rescue)
Since Van Gogh’s story went viral, Gartner said there has been interest from adopters around the world.
“Van Gogh’s revelation and rescue was such a blessing!” Gartner continued. “Van Gogh is such a special dog, and he deserves all the attention he gets from people and rescue advocates around the world! I certainly didn’t expect it, but I’m so grateful for this opportunity.”
The organization hopes to have Van Gogh in its forever home this month.
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Gartner added, “Put simply, Van Gogh is a true idol. Anyone who meets him falls in love instantly. He is well mannered and has the sweetest demeanor. Despite all the trauma he endured, he still loves people. and is always in love, good humored, he wants nothing more than to snuggle up next to his person on the couch and be by your side.
You can read more about Happily Furever After Rescue here.