Addie: The painting dog

By ALLEN MINCEY
Posted 12/30/17

Amy Hicks has seen the power of pets in helping children and adults to overcome obstacles and to learn important life lessons. She utilizes her own dogs to help in this by having them interact with individuals in several ways.

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Addie: The painting dog

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Amy Hicks has seen the power of pets in helping children and adults to overcome obstacles and to learn important life lessons. She utilizes her own dogs to help in this by having them interact with individuals in several ways.

Her newest endeavor is having her therapy dog Addie work with an art class at Cleveland High School. Addie is not just watching the students paint, but is involved in the artwork herself.

“I met with the class to explain the mission of Helping Paws and things we do in the community,” Hicks said, with the emphasis on programs helping kids in crisis, programs for schools and the Helping Paws Healing Hearts grief camp coming up soon.

Discussion with the students and their art teacher, Colin Campbell, led to a project where the students would paint canvas backgrounds and Addie would come in at the end to “paint” the canvas with her paw prints.

“It was wonderful watching the students interact with Addie and to see the excitement as she ‘stamped’ their artwork,” Hicks said. “The students had the room ready with canvas, paint and anxiously awaited Addie painting. She walked across some of the canvas, and had her paw printed on some of the canvas.”

“It was really exciting to see how the students could apply what they had done in their own individual work to a collaboration,” Campbell added. “A lot of students enjoyed what they saw as a great cause."

It was  fun for the students also.

"When I heard we were going to be painting with a dog, I was pretty skeptical because I'm used to controlling my project,” said Thatcher Miles, a senior at CHS. “But it was more fun than I thought. There is something about a dog being involved that makes things better."

"Having an actual dog in the classroom so close to finals is a good stress reliever, I think. It was good to have her here,” added Jane Anderson, a junior at the high school.

The 50 canvas finished projects will go on sale with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Helping Paws Healing Hearts to pay for programming in local schools as well as funding Healing Hearts Grief Weekend, which will be held March 2 and 3, 2018.

The 50 canvas finished projects will go on sale beginning Jan. 15 at the following locations:

Faithful Friend Pet Crematory

Great Doggie Doos

Perry’s Petals

Taylor Animal Hospital

B & Company.

Prices on the prints will range from $10 to $50.

“These will make great Valentine’s Day gift for that special person,” Hicks added.

 

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