oil on canvas 6x6
Carol Horzempa


This is a little homeless dog that was found tied to the inside of a trash can in Poland. A wonderful woman named Ori has a rescue home for homeless cats and dogs that have been abandoned, abused or found in the forests of Poland. Not only does she find homes for them but she takes beautiful pictures of them and has given me permission to paint from her photos.

Okruszek, which means crumb in Polish, is a fitting name for him since he was thrown in the trash like nothing other than a piece of crumb. He is an old dog with health problems but will be taken care of by kind caregivers to enjoy his last days with good food, medicine and a warm bed.

My granddaughter fell in love with this painting so I plan to surprise her with it for her birthday next week.

This painting has been submitted to the DPW Challenge on Color sponsored by Carol Marine.

Update: On April 28th Ori (the woman in Poland that rescued Okruszek) wrote this on her blog about Okruszek (Crumb):

Crumb died yesterday evening.

We had him for three weeks and three days.
I guess I have never met anyone who would be at the bottom of this misery, so incredibly battered by fate, so lonely and helpless.
We tried for three weeks to give him as much love as he should get through his long life. We believed, or rather, I naively believed that in this way manage to outwit the disease, banish it from the Heavens and bargain a few months.
Crumb rewarded us well-being and attempt to return to health, but the forces he was able to very briefly.
He died as someone very dear, important, deplorable as Someone's dog, nestling, farewell, and was buried with great respect.

(This has been translated from Polish to English by Google Translate)


  1. Your doggy paintings are wonderful all will tug at the hearts of animal lovers, I'm not surprised that your grandaughter loves this one.

  2. This is a wonderful painting, Carol . . . and what a touching story. Are you sure your grand-daughter will be satisfied with just the painting? He looks so sweet!

  3. What a beautiful painting of a lovely little dog, makes me want to take him home!!

  4. This is such a wonderful painting, Carol. The attentive look is endearing. Beautiful job.

  5. How wonderful, Carol. I love the look you have captured on the do, he has such personality, and the colors really enhance his expression. Who could leave such a sweet pup? Your grand-daughter will be thrilled!

  6. This is an absolutely beautiful painting and a great answer to the color challenge
    Love how you did the fur!
    It's heartbreaking how people can throw something this precious away.

  7. I can completely understand why your granddaughter wanted this one. I love it, that little face melts your heart. A wonderful painting.

  8. It breaks my heart to think of this precious pup tied up. So glad he had a happy ending! What an incredible expression. Really gorgeous brushwork, Carol. Love the way you've pulled the orange into his coat. And those SWEET eyes!

  9. Oh Carol i am at a loss for words, upon reading the story of 'Crumb' -before reading though--just upon viewing his portrait-the expression you rendered compelled me to delve deeper-you really captured the underlying soul of this sweet brave dog

  10. Beautiful painting. Beautiful story.

  11. what a touching post and heart felt painting. Your blog is wonderful-especially love all the animal paintings