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.

(You can find more of my dog and animal related verse and humor here and my money humor here.)

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9 Responses to “Cashing In With “Doggie da Vincis””

  1. sigg says:

    Dear Mad, you have missed what’s the art.
    You need talent and you need to be smart
    And the pooches have none,
    Cause the artistry’s done
    When the cash and the purchaser part.

  2. madkane says:

    Haha, Sigg! You make a very good point! :)

  3. Modulator says:

    Friday Ark #145…

    We’ll post links to sites that have Friday (plus or minus a few days) photos of their chosen animals (photoshops at our discretion and humans only in supporting roles). Watch the Exception category for rocks, beer, coffee cups, and….? Visit all the …

  4. Have you heard of Cholla ? He is an artist who happens to be a horse.

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  6. Matt says:

    A retailer I know sells a “Picaso” puppy painting kit. Basically, you put the paint on a sheet, put a plastic sheet over it, and your dog or cat walks over it and creats their own “art.” All the items are included in the kit. Go figure.

  7. Diana Evans says:

    great read…and I guess animals can be artists too…lol


  8. julia says:

    That’s fun . I love it !:)

  9. Donna Cook says:

    Love your limmerick