The Rem Dogg

04Aug14

I truly believe that you don’t necessarily choose the dog that you adopt.  Sometimes, they choose you.

Remy wasn’t supposed to be mine.  I had my eye on a low-rider Corgi named Penny, and had started the process to adopt her.  My mom had just adopted a dog as well – a bouncy 4-month old puppy named Remy, and I picked him up from the rescue and drove him home to S. Florida for her.  He was the cutest, most irresistibly fluffy little munchkin that I had ever seen.  Somewhere in that 3 hour ride to South Florida, we had completely bonded.  During that weekend, he would cry by the door whenever I left the house, and would wait there until I returned.   When I left to go back to Orlando, I missed him and his adorable fuzzy face.  I decided to ask my mom if she would let me have him.  The answer, of course, was yes**.

What can I say…  sometimes, Mom knows best.  Remy is an awesome companion and snuggle buddy, and could quite possibly take the title for the most well-behaved, low-maintenance dog ever.  I may be a little biased, but I’ve heard from multiple sources that he’s impressively docile and well-mannered.  So it’s not just my opinion, I swear.  🙂  That little pup who stole my heart on I-95 will be turning 8 this year, and I honestly can’t imagine life without him.  I mean, you KNOW it’s love when you’re willing to spend way more time outside during a polar vortex than absolutely necessary.  No matter what, he offers me so much more than I could ever give to him.  There’s truly something magical about dogs and their ability to make you smile and give you love when you need it most.

As evidenced throughout this blog, Remy is one of my favorite subjects to photograph.  He’s also one of the more resistant (and ADD) subjects,  so when I’m able to actually capture a good photograph, it’s a pretty big deal.  The park district just built a beautiful new dog park in my neighborhood and I had just picked up a new lens, so obviously I wanted to take advantage of both.   Although Remy doesn’t always cooperate, I was pretty happy with these 2 shots.  They’re a reminder of the puppy who captured my heart with his floppy ears and sweet brown eyes, and I’m forever grateful that he chose me.

PSA:  If you are considering a pet, please do not overlook adoption!  There are 6-8 million dogs and cats in US shelters, and approximately 3-4 million are euthanized every year.  You could save a life, and I guarantee you that an adopted companion animal would repay you tenfold with happiness and love.  Please adopt, don’t shop!!!

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All smiles at the new park!

**This plan is exactly what my mom had intended.  She is partial to Border Collies and thought that I should have one too.  I still love Corgi’s, but fate and a little trickery got in the way this time.

 

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