Tuesday, December 01, 2015

George the Dog, John the Artist: A Rescue Story by John Dolan

Do you like to read true stories about man's best friend? George the Dog, John the Artist is a very heartwarming story about a man named John Dolan who had been in prison and was homeless and directionless until he found a homeless Staffordshire puppy. John starts sitting on a sidewalk in Shoreditch, East London with his puppy, George, sketching pictures of him and selling them to people walking by. John and George sat on High Street together for three years. A gallery owner named Griff takes an interest in John and encourages him to compile fifty drawings of buildings on High Street and fifty drawings of George the Dog. Griff opens a solo show of John's drawings and it is a total success. You can find some of John's awesome drawings of Shoreditch buildings on the endpapers of the book. In the center of the book there are color and black-and-white photos and illustrations that bring this story to life.
George The Dog

The title of the book got my attention and I enjoyed reading this inspiring story. John now supports many charities because he is so appreciative of the help that he received when he was down-on-his luck. I love that John attributes all of his successes to George walking into his life. The bond that they share is very touching. Who rescued who?

For more heartwarming stories about our "best friends" look for A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen and A Dog's Gift: The Inspirational Story of Veterans and Children Healed by Man's Best Friend by Bob Drury at the Virginia Beach Public Library.

Reviewed by Joan

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