Happy Friday, and if you need a little inspiration to help you get through the final day of your work week, look no further than the furry friend at your feet, or in this case, feast your eyes on 'Hallie,' the beautiful blind Dachshund who paints! We've gotta admit that we're a bit in awe at watching her go to work. Via WRIC:
Seattle, WA--A Seattle-area painter has turned her sadness when her pet dachshund went blind into an opportunity to create unique works of art to help other pets in need.
DeeDee Murray, who has made a career as a painter of realistic portraits of horses, dogs and wildlife, was saddened to learn that her beloved rescue longhaired dachshund Hallie had gone blind from Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration Syndrome (SARDS), an autoimmune disease that attacks the retina.
"It came on really fast — overnight," she told ABC News affiliate KOMO. "It probably happened within 2 or 3 days. She was seeing fine and then suddenly she was walking into walls."
Murray had already taught Hallie the painting trade before she lost her sight. She said that within a few days after she had taught her to take to a canvas with the brush in her mouth, Hallie was picking the brush up herself.
Sadly, Hallie's retinas had become detached in many places, and the doctors could not do anything.
"I'm amazed," Murray said. "She can't see the paper … she'll put her paw out, and she's only done that since she's been blind — so I'm guessing that she's reaching for the paper. But her paw is shorter than her nose so she can't reach it. "
The two are now using Hallie's artwork – each piece of which is signed with a rubber stamp imprint of her paw — to help out other animals in need. Selections of the dog's work are posted to a website, and all of the money from sales goes to Purple Heart Rescue, a dog rescue charity.
Awesome work Hallie. Find out more about this amazing gal at her website: HalliEART