Wagner by Laura Meddens

© 2016 Acrylic on canvas | 47.2″ x 35.4″ | 120 cm x 90 cm

WAGNER was my first Seeing Eye® guide dog. He was a beautiful Golden retriever and he was an absolute gentleman who could smile.

When Wagner was diagnosed with cancer in 2010, he was given 8 months to live and the veterinarian in Amsterdam wanted to euthanize him.  After doing research, putting him on a raw food diet, and undergoing chemotherapy in the Netherlands and immunotherapy in the U.S., Wagner lived for another two-and-a-half years.

He beat the cancer, but he was also fighting Erlichia (tick disease) which, in the end, overwhelmed his system.

My instructor at the Seeing Eye said she could see Wagner’s body and his right eye in the painting. Can you?

You can learn more about Wagner’s brave battle with lymphoma and his contribution to immunotherapy research to benefit other animals and humans at Abled.com.

Laura Meddens

WAGNER by Laura Meddens
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