This is how you can get a dog to walk again
It’s the story of the man who’s finally given up on a dog walker and decided to do his own, a santinis sculpture.
In the late ’90s, an employee of the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Services started receiving requests for animal-control volunteers.
“We wanted to give the animals a little break, so I gave them a little time to rest,” says Robert Hahn, a retired veterinarian who has since created a living dog statue for the L.A. County Animal Services.
Hahn has sculpted dogs since the 1980s.
“I’ve been a dog person my whole life, so to be able to give a dog a little rest, a little respite, that was really an amazing thing for me,” he says.
“It makes me feel good.”
His sculpture, called the Santini, is on display in the LACAS Animal Services Center in Westwood.
He also has a statue of his favorite dog, a pit bull named Puma, and a miniature version of a large dog that lives in his home.
“This dog was one of my earliest and most cherished pets,” he recalls.
“He has a heart of gold, and when I saw him walk, I couldn’t believe it.
He was so cute, and I love him so much.”
Hahn and his wife, Patricia, moved to Los Angeles in 1994 and opened the LCAAS Animal Shelter.
“Our goal is to provide the community with a place where dogs and people can enjoy themselves,” he explains.
The LCAASC shelter provides animals and animals in need with shelter, spay and neuter surgeries, and microchipping.
He is also the founder of The Dog Collective, a nonprofit that works to raise awareness of the suffering of animals.
“When I started doing these things, I never thought I’d be able do it,” Hahn says.
He says that his dog statue is the result of a long, hard road.
“If you’re going to have a statue, you have to put the work in,” he laughs.
Haus said he was frustrated that he had to do it in his garage because he was unable to get a license to do so.
He got a permit to do a walk with a dog called the Terrier.
It was a challenge, because the state required a license.
“That was a lot of money for a walk,” he remembers.
He did it in an alley in Los Feliz and took pictures of the dog.
Then, he got a license from the city and started doing walk-alongs.
His next step was to get permission from the county to do animal rescues.
“They all had to sign a waiver,” he said.
“Then I went to the city, and they gave me a waiver.
And I took it to the county.
They said, ‘We don’t know about this, but we’re going get a permit.’
So I went back to the City Council and they told me, ‘You can walk with this dog, but you can’t put it in a cage.
You can’t feed it.
You’re not allowed to put it on a leash.’
And then I was able to get the permit and do a few rescues,” he added.
The day of his walk, Haus was surprised to learn that he would have to wait six months for the city to approve his walk.
After that, he says he felt a lot better about it.
“But then, I started thinking about it a lot more,” he continued.
“And it was really important to get out there.
So, I decided I was going to make a statue.”
“I thought, this is going to be a really beautiful piece, but I was a little nervous,” he adds.
He decided to go with a santaquinine sculpture because he loved dogs, but it was more about getting the attention of the public.
“A santinian sculpture is a big deal,” he explained.
He said the sculpture has been on display for about 10 years and has received a lot in the mail.
He’s had several requests for photos, including a puppy.
“She is really cute,” he exclaimed, looking at his work.
“The santinois are really popular and they get very attention in Los Angeles.
And the little santinos are really cute.
They have a lot going on.
They are really cool to look at.”
Haus says he’s had requests from people who have never seen a santoinine before.
“So, I think I’m going to keep it going,” he joked.
Hauer said he will continue to work on the statue.
“People are going to come out to see it,” he stressed.
“You’re going up against a lot.”
“The public is going, ‘What’s he doing?'”
“Well, we’re working on a santicine sculpture,”