~ Bryce and Arbor ~
Ten years ago, Bryce rescued Arbor from a shelter in Las Vegas. In the time since then, they have both had a big impact on each other and the greater community.
In 2011, Bryce visited a shelter in Las Vegas in search of a new canine companion. Soon, he came across a large black dog and was told that, like black cats, black dogs find it more difficult to find homes. He also felt an instant connection with this one dog. Bryce decided then and there that this was the perfect dog, and named her Arbor.
Not long after welcoming Arbor into his family, Bryce realised just how special she was. She would pick up commands quickly and could easily remember them. Then, one day after work, Bryce returned home to see a finished painting. Bryce’s then-partner told him that Arbor had actually painted the piece of art. He couldn’t believe it until she showed him the video.
Arbor started to become famous on social media. With her talent for painting, she and Bryce began to fundraise for local shelters. She would paint and he would auction them off. Fairly soon after, she appeared in newspapers and shows worldwide, from Japan to America, England to New Zealand.
Having such a big following, Bryce and Arbor started to advocate. The shelter Arbor had come from were neglecting many of their animals and many of the animals were put down. They wanted to do something about this, to stop the suffering of these animals. Together, they used their voices to speak up.
Bryce had started a page that would bring to light some of what was happening at the shelter. There were protests, interviews, and more. It also inspired Bryce to open his own non-profit organisation – No Kill Las Vegas.
It took quite some time, but eventually, the shelter wanted to make a change. They have taken on much of what Bryce advocated for; better care, doing all they could for the animals, and making their living environment better in general.
Thanks to Arbor, Bryce was able to raise awareness and inspire these changes. He is thankful for Arbor as she has helped to save many animals at the shelter she once lived in.
Since all her advocate work, Arbor continues to paint and have these auctioned off to fundraise for local shelters. In 2021, she has also appeared in the Netflix series, ‘Pet Stars’ and Disney+ series, ‘It’s a Dog’s Life’. She is truly a shining star and has touched many throughout her amazing journey.
It’s obvious just how much Bryce and Arbor have impacted each other. They have brought so much love and happiness into each other’s lives, and together have changed the lives of so many.