Those of you who own (or really are owned by) a Boston Terrier, know that there’s nothing quite like this breed. Cute and compact, this is a little dog with a big dog attitude. Boston Terriers are truly American and are the result of a cross between an English bulldog and a White English Terrier, the latter of which is now sadly extinct. They are more commonly seen in the colors of black and white, hence their nickname, The American Gentleman. The two Bostons in this post, Petey and Hank, are reds, and live in Austin, where things are not so conventional. Perhaps they’re helping to “keep Austin weird.” Way to go, guys! 🙂
Petey was up first. He is almost 12 years old and is a foster failure — our favorite kind of failure! His mom fostered him through Northeast Boston Terrier Rescue while she was living in Manhattan, and try as she might to get him adopted, he had some behavioral quirks and just kept being returned to her. She gave up, and Petey is very happily hers. He is her constant companion and best friend. We can all relate to that. Petey was very serious for his portrait, unlike his brother Hank, whom you’ll meet very soon.
Hank was next. He is almost four years old and was rescued from the Richie County Humane Society in West Virginia, where he was a “repeat visitor.” Petey needed a companion and Hank needed a home. Through networking, a friend of Petey’s mom knew about Hank and arrangements were made to get Hank to Austin. Hank was a bit more lively than his brother during his part of the photo session, and we think may have even enjoyed the limelight a bit. He certainly has the head tilt nailed!
We decided it was time to try to get them together for a few shots. I asked the dogs’ mom if she liked quirky images or more serious ones. She liked quirky and we got ’em! These will make for a great series!
We decided to get the dogs to play. Hank LOVES a good game of tug-of-war, and Petey LOVES to pull Hank around. Too funny!
It was time to wind things down and let the dogs settle for a bit. Look how much they love each other. So sweet!
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