A different kind of homeless story...
A homeless woman gave the dog, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, to John when George was just a puppy. At first George was quite aggressive, but after a month of training, Dolan said, "He became a really pleasant dog."
While begging on the street John drew sketches of George and the street scenes around him, selling them for kibbles money.
Now he gets about $6800 for them.
Dolan's luck changed when he met gallery owner Richard Howard-Griffin who mounted a show of Dolan's work. That was a hit and now there is a second show. Dolan has a book out, John and George: The Dog Who Changed my Life and has plans for a book of drawings of rock stars with their dogs.
John's rise has been really meteoric in the art world, it's like watching an artist's career in fast-forward — that's what a lot of artists say so his first show was a sell-out, he's got a second show now coming out which is really, really amazing.
He's got a book and he's doing a show in Los Angeles and all this kind of stuff so there's a real relevance to his work and there's a real soul in it because it has a true story behind it which is very inspiring, and that's born out of the work when you look at it. Source