Hundreds of rag-to-riches stories tumble through the internet and onto our computer screens. I am grateful for them. After news abounding with so many horrifying stories, it’s great to know someone has hit the jackpot. How was anyone to know that gorgeous George would be the doggie leprechaun to hand the pot of gold over to his papa, John, no strings attached? All it required was some artistic effort on John’s part to change his (and George’s) life forever. Here’s the story:
Homeless Man Turns His Life Around By Creating Drawings of His Dog*
by Grieves, Deirdre
Three years ago, John Dolan was homeless and living on the streets of London. He was battling drug abuse and a life of crime that resulted in multiple prison stays. It was a vicious cycle and Dolan didn’t think there was any way out.
But one day a fellow homeless woman gave Dolan a Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy named George, and that’s when his life began to change.
According to the Guardian, when Dolan was entrusted to watch over George, he had the realization that if he went back to prison, there would be no one to look after his dog.
So Dolan cleaned up his act. He began to draw sketches of George while begging on the street and people started buying them for a couple dollars here and there.
Then, a chance encounter with Richard Howard-Griffin, a street art connoisseur and gallery owner, marked the beginning of a whole new life for Dolan and his dog. Howard-Griffin decided to show Dolan’s illustrations and art at his Shoreditch neighborhood gallery. The show sold out and Dolan quickly skyrocketed to success in the art world.
Now, some of Dolan’s drawings sell for thousands of dollars and the success has helped Dolan and George get off the streets. Dolan recently wrote a book about his struggles and successes called “John and George: The Dog Who Changed My Life.” Dolan will soon host his first gallery show abroad in Los Angeles.
Dolan credits George with saving his life. “I feel like he’s a guardian angel,” he told reporters. “If it hadn’t been for him I’d have never picked up my pen.”
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