The inspiration for this image was a dog I had rescued from the streets of LA. “Muppet” was a white jindo who had escaped what I can only imagine was a hellish existence. The Korean Jindo is a breed of hunting dog known to have originated on Jindo Island in South Korea. They are celebrated in their native land for their erce loyalty and brave nature. Jindos are illegal in the United States but are smuggled into the U.S. and mixed with pitbulls and other breeds in order to create an even more aggressive ghting dog. Muppet came to me with a huge scar across his stomach, probably from jumping a fence to escape. He was very hand-shy and had obviously been abused. I created Buddha Dog to honor homeless and abused dogs. Dogs, even when beaten, still have the capacity to be loyal and trusting. Their nature is one of the Buddha: compassionate, forgiving and all-loving.