Service Dog Artist Nicknamed “Salvador Doggie” Paints For Charity

April 13th, 2008 by Dan

Athens, a five year old Golden Retriever who assists a wheelchair user, has a nickname: “Salvador Doggie.” Athens paints with a specially made paintbrush that he can grip in his mouth, and his talents have made waves in his hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia. The service dog will be auctioning several of his works to raise funds for the Pacific Assistance Dogs Society, which trained him.

Athens The Painting Golden Retriever

When he’s not painting, Athens keeps busy by pulling his handler’s wheelchair up hills, turning lights on and off, and retrieving household items. Sherry Caves, who uses a wheelchair due to a spinal cord injury, is a former painter herself. Parenting a teenager now keeps Sherry too busy to paint, but she enjoys helping “Salvador” develop his art skills. Says Caves, “I just made him learn that he has to touch the paper with his paintbrush before he gets any food.”

Athens will donate paintings for a live auction and silent auction at the PADS Mothers’ Day Charity Auction on May 10th, and will demonstrate his painting technique to attendees.

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