Cashing In With “Doggie da Vincis”
Cashing In With “Doggie da Vincis” (Limerick)
By Madeleine Begun Kane
A dog trainer needed some cash,
So she dreamed up a plan—made a splash:
Teaching dogs how to paint
Abstract art. Great they ain’t,
Though their pictures make mine look like trash.
According to a June 2007 AP news story, Mary Stadelbacher, a dog trainer from Salisbury, Maryland, taught three dogs how to hold a paint brush and paint abstract art. The “doggie da Vincis” are being featured in a Salisbury University art gallery and also have a line of greeting cards.
I must admit to being conflicted about this story. On the one hand, it strikes me as utterly absurd and makes me feel bad for artists who paint actual art. On the other hand, those dogs sure as hell paint a lot better than I can.