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Pooches play Picasso for good cause

October 04, 2004|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN - Frankie had his first experiment with painting Sunday, putting his paw down multiple times for a piece of art made at an art store in Hagerstown.

His owner, Jennifer Campbell of Smithsburg, said she might have just discovered her dog, a beagle pug who is almost 2 years old, is the canine version of Pablo Picasso.

While Sunday was his first attempt at painting art, "it may not be his last," she said.

Frankie was one of 26 dogs brought to Howard's Art Supplies on Dual Highway on Sunday for "Creative Paws," a fund-raiser for the Humane Society of Washington County. The event raised an estimated $600.

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Campbell said she brought Frankie, "just so my dog can do something crafty."

One of his paws was dipped in tempera paint and placed on a mat multiple times.

This is the third time the store has sponsored the fund-raiser at the store, co-owner Ellen Collins said. She also trains puppies to be guide dogs.

Some dogs Sunday were posed for pictures wearing Santa Claus hats and some had casts made of their paws.

Beth Valentine of Waynesboro, Pa., brought the family dog, Annabelle, to the art supply store.

She painted a bowl for Annabelle, drawing paw prints, a bone and the dog's name on the sides.

"I think this is very nice," she said. The more community events for dogs and their dog owners, the better, she said.

Julie Draper, promotions coordinator for the Humane Society, said the fund-raiser was not just fun for the dog owners, but for the dogs.

"The dogs get to socialize," she said.

Also, under a "Kibbles and Sips" sign, there was food and drink for animals and humans.

Anna Verdel, the shelter's lost-and-found coordinator, sketched individual pictures of the dogs. Verdel plans to use the sketches and photographs to draw pictures of each animal that posed, however briefly, for her.

"This is the most fun thing to do," Verdel said. She loves dogs and drawing, so "this is two loves combined, a perfect combination."

While the event was aimed at dogs and their owners, an exception was made for a bunny named Honey.

Julianna Dahbura, 12, of Hagerstown, said her friends were bringing their dogs, so she brought her pet bunny, who is 9 months old.

"I just felt like it," Dahbura said.

Honey later had her photo taken wearing a Santa Clause hat.

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