Intelligence is something a dog does not lack. We use canines to search for criminals, drugs and to help guide the blind. Two-year-old Arbor is no exception to the intelligence rule.
Arbor was rescued in Las Vegas by an animal shelter. Her new parents, Bryce and Jennifer Henderson chose Arbor from the shelter as their new family member. They had no idea what it was they were getting in to.
As most family members do, Arbor took up a hobby. She enjoys sniffing other dogs and romping in the grass during the spring weather, but she also has another hobby in painting. Yes, Arbor paints.
Arbor doesn’t use her tail or her paw. Arbor picks up a paintbrush and gets into her work. She has impressed her parents with her new found hobby and the world.
Her paintings are becoming a bit more creative, with strokes defined and intentional. She loves to impress those at the Bellagio Hotel in Vegas and has appeared on television.
Arbor grabs a brush with her mouth. She pushes the brush down on the paper and her artwork takes shape with each stroke. She picks up the brushes on her own now and is definitely showing her creative side.
Arbor sells her paintings on her Facebook page and in person. All proceeds go to various organizations, such as the fight against using the inhumane technique of gassing dogs. She has recently painted several pieces for those pets who survived the Oklahoma storm and are now I shelters.
One of her highest selling painting sold for $453 and all 100 percent of the proceeds went to an animal charity in North Carolina. Arbor sells most of her paintings on eBay. Arbor recently sold a painting for $1,000 and all the money went to “Hope Through the Rubble,” a Central Oklahoma Humane Society fund. The piece will be a gift to the buyer’s best friend, a Labrador/border collie mix, who is turning 10 years old in July.
Each art piece takes about 10 to 15 minutes for Arbor to finish. Even though she loves her hobby, she creates one painting per month.
The director of Outreach with the COHS, Amy Shrodes, states they already have some plans for the donation, according to KFOR, the local Oklahoma City News station.
We are so thankful to be selected as the beneficiary of one of Arbor’s masterpieces during our time of need. Our animals consider her a role model for the canine population. It’s hard to believe that a little over two years ago, Arbor was a stray sitting in a kennel at the county shelter with no home or future. She is a great example of the many wonderful pets you can find at your local shelter and we hope it encourages others to adopt.
Check out Arbor’s Facebook page!