From Michelle: “My dogs are Ditch (named because I found him and his two sisters in a ditch, all dying from Parvo. Unfortunately, Ditch is the only one of the three who made it. When he became mine, he ditched his worst days behind him. Ditch is now seven and the most handsome dog you will ever see.
He loves humans, tolerates most female dogs, and wants to be the only male dog on the planet. I found the litter while out for a training run for a half marathon on July 25, 2013. So I refer to that date as Ditchmas in July. According to the DNA test, Ditch is Chow, Swiss Shepherd, American Staffordshire terrier, and Rhodesian Ridgeback. So I refer to him as my Shepshire Chowback.
Chestnut is my nearly 6-year-old girl who ran in front of my car on Chestnut Street in Nashville. She nearly caused a collision with another car. We both stopped and got out, and she ran right up to me and began licking my face (which is still one of her favorite things to do. The girl loves giving kisses.) I posted her on all the Lost and Found sites, hung flyers, and even walked in the area I found her, and no one ever claimed her. At first, Ditch wasn’t so sure about her, but now they are two peas in a pod. They are complete opposites (Ditch is serious, smart, and very responsible, minus his love for dumping garbage cans.) Chestnut is super silly, not terribly bright, loves all dogs, and loves to counter and table surf.
I would have never picked either dog out of a lineup, but they are actually the perfect dogs for me! And both have become fairly involved in helping lost pets find their way home.
About Mandy Whitley Photography: Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Mandy specializes in photography for pets and their people.