Last Saturday we volunteered to photograph the Bark of the Bay benefit for Bay Area Humane Society. Â We are not generally event photographers, and turn down most event coverage requests in favor of the things we love more – weddings and portraits. Â We made an exception in this case because we have close ties to our local Humane Society in the form of our big-eared, little dog, Pieper.
We adopted Pieper from the Humane Societyâ€™s former PetSmart location in January 2013. Â She was 3 months old and just the tiniest thing (with floppy ears if you can even imagine it!) Â Ben didnâ€™t grow up with pets and was very unsure about the prospect of being dog owners, but the moment he held Pieper, she nestled into his arms and I knew she had to be ours.
The Humane Society received Pieper from the Rescue Waggin’ along with three siblings. Â With very little to go on, and their young age, the staff had to make a guess as to her breed, and when we picked her up, we were adopting a rat terrier/husky mix. Â It became clear as she got longer, chestier, and not that much bigger that she was no husky. Â And the moment I heard a little hound howl from our backyard, the long tail and crooked paws added up. Â People are always stopping us while weâ€™re out walking to ask her breed, and although we donâ€™t have any real information, the evidence points to rat terrier/beagle mix aka: Teddy Roosevelt Terrier.
Even as Iâ€™m blogging now and she lies sprawled out in the room next door, it is wonderful to have her here (giving me curious expressions and occasional deep sighs). Â Anyone who has ever loved a dog knows what sweet companionship there is in simply being together.
You can find out more information about the Bay Area Humane Society and Rescue Waggin’ here: www.bayareahumanesociety.com www.petsmartcharities.org or stop by our Facebook page to see photos from the BAHS event www.facebook.com/pmpsphotography