Man Takes Up Painting to Save His Cancerous Dog

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A Utah man is trying to save his dog one paint stroke at a time.

After Shaun Mitchell was told his 5-year-old dog, Charlie, had lymphoma, he was going to do everything he could to save his pal.

Charlie. Image from Facebook
Charlie. Image from Facebook

So he now devotes one day a week to drive Charlie 200 miles (400 miles round trip) to a clinic that performs a trial form of treatment, hoping one day his dog will be cancer free.

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To cover the costly vet bills, Mitchell has taken up painting. For $40, people can get an 8 x 10 canvas oil painting of their pet. And while he doesn’t really consider himself an artist, the requests are pouring in – something he can partly thank his wife for.

After she posted a flier on social media and a sign was hung in a store, people from all over the world – New Zealand, Australia and New Finland, to name a few — asked Mitchell to paint a portrait.

Here are a few of our favorites:

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“They want to help Charlie,” he told news outlet KSL. “I could never ask for anything better.”

To find out how you can get a picture of your pup, while supporting a great cause head over to Paints for Charlie.

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