Derby, Julep, Larry & Spike

Today I'd like to share this session with Courtney, Garrett and their four dogs Derby, Julep, Larry and Spike. Courtney contacted me shortly after Derby had been diagnosed with a tumor, and they didn't know how long he had left. Their pups were so sweet, and it was really special to capture this family being together at Hartwood Acres Mansion. Derby crossed the rainbow bridge earlier this year and he is deeply missed. This is their story.


Tell me how you got your name...

Derby: my parents are from Kentucky, so they wanted me to have a Kentucky-themed name.

Julep: see above. Also, they really like bourbon.

Larry: I am a crotchety old man. The name fits.

Spike: I was a tiny baby, and they tried out about 50 different names. Spike just stuck.

How old are you?

Larry: I was born before humans began measuring time

How did you come into your parents lives?

Derby: They found me in a shelter in Lexington, KY when I was 8 weeks old. I was the only puppy left who wasn't eating poop. Also, I ripped Dad's pants and he didn't get mad. It was destiny.

Julep: I was in a shelter in Ann Arbor, MI. Mom came to the shelter like once a week for a month and fell in love with me. I mean, who wouldn't? So she convinced Dad that Derby needed a sister.


Larry: Animal control picked me up and took me to the Animal Rescue League. Where'd I come from? I wasn't even neutered yet! They named me Tyrion at the shelter and posted me to Facebook. Mom came in and just took me!

Spike: Someone bought me in Ohio when I was 6 weeks old. They brought me back to Pittsburgh and dumped me at the shelter when their landlord said they couldn't have dogs in their apartment. One of Mommy's friends from the shelter posted me on Facebook, and Mom arranged to pick me up the next day! I was a little baby and so cute!


What is your most defining characteristic?

Derby: My incredibly neurotic personality.

Julep: My stumpy tail and super-sweet demeanor.

Larry: My epilepsy, arthritis, and my exciting stories of war and bar fights.

Spike: My spot. Also, I'm a puppy! I'm a puppy! I'm a puppy!

Do you know any tricks?

Spike: I've completed three masters degrees in philosophy, electrical engineering, and social work. I also have a PH.D. in Australian Studies. I can sit and stay.