When photographer Laura Goldenberger reached out to share the story of her two incredible rescued Boston Terriers, I knew I had to share. Not only did she save these two pups from an abusive situation, but she has captured so many of their magical moments through gorgeous photography–something I can truly admire. Today Laura shares some wonderful photos and the amazing story of these blue eyed ladies.
Can you share a bit about your pups?
My dogs names are Blueberry Valentine and Honey Bear Bowie, but if you’re a friend, they’ll let you call them Blue and Bowie. They just turned 2 years old on January 15th.
How did you and your dogs come to be together?
My whole life, I’ve wanted a dog more than anything. Growing up, it was what I wished for every time I blew out candles or wrote out my Christmas list. I would often hide stray dogs in my parent’s garage, sneaking them beef jerky or borrowed kibble from the neighborhood kids. But my Dad worked extremely long hours and my parents decided it just wasn’t in the cards. I was heartbroken even though they reminded me that when I grew up I would have my pup.
When I finally did “grew up” and became a full time wedding photographer, I knew I was ready to start looking at shelters and rescues. I’ve always had a connection with animals and a soft spot for those who need a second chance. I looked at Petfinder.com every day and visited a few shelters. I would end up spending hours petting each dog through the caged door, wishing I had a huge ranch where they could run free until they were adopted.
One day, I saw a picture of Blueberry. She had freckles on her cheeks and the most piercing blue eyes. As soon as I saw her, I knew she was my dog. When the day finally came to pick her up I noticed that, although she was a happy girl, she had pretty severe breathing problems and congestion. I took her to the Vet and discovered she had fluid in her lungs, a fever and pneumonia. Her heart was also enlarged due to the stress on her body. I found out that her previous owner not only neglected/abused her, but had taken her to be put down instead of getting her treatment.
After a couple weeks of antibiotics and medication, Blue was in perfect health. Though she still snorts like a little piglet (a very endearing quality). Three months later, the rescue contacted me asking for my help. They found out the same horrible person who had mistreated Blue, had bought her sister, Honey Bear Bowie, from the same litter and no longer wanted her sister either. The rescue wanted to know if I knew anyone who could adopt Bowie….I just had to have her. I wasn’t expecting a two for one deal, but I consider it the best surprise I’ve ever had.
Bowie wasn’t sick but had been abused and had zero training. Everything scared her, she would crawl on the ground, flip onto her back, and pee if you spoke too loud; she would shake and always have her ears pinned back. With a lot of patience, love and training both Blue and Bowie are now the happiest, sweetest, craziest, silliest, healthiest, smartest dogs I know!
What do you love most about your dogs?
I love how much they make me laugh. They are little clowns. Bowie can do a spot on impressions of Dobby from Harry Potter and also Benjamin Button.
Best Tricks: They know how to sit, wait, drop it, leave it, roll over, high five, walk on their hind legs, lay down, go to their beds, give kisses, play dead and more! Training them is a breeze and it amazes me how quickly they pick up new commands and tricks.
Favorite Activities: Their favorite activites are sun bathing, going on adventurous hikes, rough housing, learning new tricks (especially when treats are involved), playing on the beach and snuggling.
Favorite Treats: Their favorite treats, hands down, are the braided bullysticks from Trader Joes
Favorite Human Qualities: They sometimes remind me of little old men who snore loudly and fart often.
They are peanut butter and jelly, best friends, sisters and partners in crime. They truly love each other so much and spend every minute together. I am so happy that they could be reunited!
What’s the greatest lesson your dogs have taught you?
As silly as it may sound, they inspire me. Even though they were, at first, filled with fears and anxieties from their painful past, they are always wonderful to every person and animal they meet. It reminds me of one of my favorite quotes from The Perks of Being a Wildflower, “even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there.”
And now every day is a happy one for Blue and Bowie.
I strongly encourage anyone considering getting a pet to adopt from your local shelters & rescues. It is one of the most rewarding experiences you will ever have.
all photos by Laura Goldenberger