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Dagger II, aka DogVinci, 3-year-old black Labrador-golden retriever
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Dagger II, aka DogVinci, 3-year-old black Labrador-golden retriever mix, has become a paintbrush-wielding media sensation since March 18, 2016, when Newsday first told the story of the Massapequa canine. Dagger had been headed for a career assisting the disabled, but his life took a pivot and he's now applying the follow-command skills he learned in his training as a professional artist. He's been profiled by the likes of WPIX11, ABC7NY, CBS NewYork, as well as Mashable.com, time.com, today.com, insideedition.com, nydailynews.com and telegraph.co.uk. (Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas)

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