By John McDevitt, Alexandria Hoff

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – As police continue to search for the person who shot and killed a 41-year old Frankford man in a home invasion earlier this month, the victim’s dog who was shot in the leg is making a recovery in his new home.

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Rhino, the energetic seven-month-old Boxer Pit Bull mix was dotted with blue magic marker at his veterinarian appointment — not by the vet but by two-year-old Quentin (no doubt a budding artist).

“The dog sat there and let him color on him, so yeah he has marker all on his ears and his body,” says Ivory Poinsett — Quentin’s mother

Rhino is the new member of their family of five. Ivory’s brother Nakia Pyatt was shot and killed inside his Frankford apartment on January 16th — where he lived with Rhino. Ivory believes Rhino was shot trying to defend his owner.

The dog was shot in his leg and a $3,000 surgery to remove the bullet was most likely needed. Despite the expense, Ivory knew she had to step in, in memory of her brother:

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“I miss him a lot, but then we have this bundle of joy that keeps us all going, like really he has been our main focus and keeping us all strong.”

Pyatt was shot twice and died in the hospital.

Rhino may not need the bullet removal surgery after all. The veterinarian is holding off on that right now because he seems to be getting around just fine.

“I think my brother would be happy,” Ivory said.

She says money raised through a GoFundMe page will help pay for training and veterinary bills for Rhino.

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Anyone with information about the shooting should contact police.