Doggy Da Vincis

Paintingdogs Have you heard about the doggy Da Vinci story?

Here are the Cliff Notes. A dog trainer in Maryland came up with a clever way to make money. She trained her pooches to pick up a paint brush with their teeth and slap some paint on a canvas.  After the dogs have sufficiently made a mess on the canvas, the trainer puts a frame on it, calls it abstract art, and sells it.

Turns out it was a brilliant fundraising scheme. She managed to sell one of the "paintings" for $350. Go figure.

Aside from the fact that I am jealous that I did not think of such a great moneymaking idea, it raises an interesting and serious question about what constitutes art.

There ought to be an objective standard for calling something art, right? Or, do you think I am barking up the wrong tree?

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This is genius! I'm always jokingly telling my dogs that they need to work for their keep. All it takes is one person with an idea and the savvy to market that idea. I guess someone out there will buy it.

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