It may seem unconscionable, but this chocolate Pomeranian was dumped at a shelter when he was just five months old simply because his breeder deemed him “too big” to sell. (This is a pretty damn strong case for “Adopt, Don’t Shop,” people!) But the joke’s on that awful breeder: He dismissed a dog that was about to become a star on the NYC art scene. (Who else misses Gallery Girls?)
The sweet Pom was spotted on PetFinder by Kathy Grayson, the owner of an art gallery called The Hole. “There was just something about the look in his eyes,” she told The Dodo. Without a second thought, she traveled all the way to Oklahoma just to adopt the pup.
Now named Bertram (a.k.a. Bertie Bert), the teddy bear-esque dog has made a name for himself in the highly prestigious New York City art world. He accompanies Grayson to work at The Hole every single day, and has traveled with her to hundreds of high-profile events.
"He's been to dozens of openings, scores of art fairs in NYC, Miami, L.A. and the Hamptons even,” Grayson said. “He's been to Canada and Seattle and D.C., to clubs, restaurants, bars, even the opera once! His motto is 'Happy to be included!'"
They say to succeed in the art world, you’ve got to have a gimmick—and if cuteness is a gimmick, we see an illustrious career in Bertie’s future!
Here are some of our favorite snaps of Bertie on the ground at the gallery.
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