Les was a 7-9 month old Lab-Terrier mix suffering from severe malnutrition; heartworm, hookworms, anemia and bacteria skin infections from advanced mange and sores from an embedded collar. So weak from malnutrition he could not even move. Les was abandoned in one of the play yards at Animal Refuge Center. At that moment, with little reason to hope, he curled up in a tiny ball next to a tree and waited for what would have been a certain death. As ARC caregivers entered the yard to exercise other canines they noticed the dogs did not want to precede. Puzzled by their behavior, they searched the yard and noticed what first appeared to be a small tan blanket, was actually a dog.
Not even sure he would make the trip to a veterinarian; Les was rushed for emergency nutrients. As if all his physical problems werent enough, it was discovered that he was heartworm positive. It would take months of care and much patience for Les to have any chance to survive treatment for this condition. Thus started his long journey back to health, healing and trust.
Now months later, not only is Les a healthy dog but an emotionally stable and happy companion to his new guardian. He is loving and loyal and glad to go for walks, run and chase his toys!
Story provided by Animal Refuge Center
Nathan Janes is a graduate of The Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio. Janes is becoming increasingly known in the world of art for his pop art stylings addressing national and global social issues while using the family dog as his muse.
Janes strives to combat the popular perception that fine art can only be in certain styles or of certain subjects. According to Janes, "Now more than ever I am striving to push my work so that the family pet is used as an artistic tool to depict deeper questions and messages about our society. Everyone can relate to the family dog but not everyone has a cognizance of the social issues that I depict in my paintings. The dogs depicted in my work serve as a bridge for individuals to journey into topics and questions that they may have never explored before but certainly affect their lives nonetheless.”
In addition to his growing collection of activist art, Janes has created a number of designs, which have been used to help support various nonprofit organizations that promote animal welfare. Among these projects, Janes has designed the first official ribbon for animals, the “Orange Ribbon for Animals,” which is being distributed by Rational Animal to help support animal shelters nationwide.