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"Lend a Paw" by Teddy Cunha: watercolor portrait of young man, from shoulders up, with dark facial hair wearing backwards baseball cap and smiling. Beside him is a black poodle. the background is bright yellow and purple with the words "Lend a Paw"

“Lend a Paw”

Artist: Teddy Cunha, Brookline

Description: 23” x 15” watercolor portrait of Marc Fucarile, who lost his leg in the Marathon bombing, and his service dog, Onyx. I volunteer at APAW (American Poodles at Work) and met both Marc and Onyx. Both of them inspire me so I asked Marc if I could paint his portrait with Onyx. I have a retired service dog, Harmony, who was trained at APAW too.

Artist Statement: With the aid and support of a service dog, Marc is learning to live his life after tragedy. Service dogs provide physical and emotional support as well as companionship to people with disabilities to help them lead a full life.

About the Artist: My name is Teddy Cunha and the artwork you see before you is titled, “Lend A Paw.” Here is a little about me. The portrait you see here is the second one that I have done; the first being one of my grandfather, before he passed away, and my dog, Harmony. I am a senior in high school at The Deck House School in Edgecomb, ME. I enjoy painting, carving wood, and working on my radio controlled car. I also enjoy playing sports like hockey and soccer. I have a twin brother who is 10 minutes older than me. I have a job as a lifeguard at the Boothbay Region YMCA when I am at school and at Boston College when I am at home. I love to do volunteer work as well. I have volunteered at APAW (American Poodles at Work) to help train and take care of service dogs. I hope to go into the Marines when I get out of college.

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