When it comes to adopting a dog there are generally three lines of action:
- Research to find the perfect breed and temperament for your lifestyle, find the perfect dog online, go in and meet the dog.
- Decide you are ready to add a dog to the family, visit shelters, and wait until you meet the right dog.
- Randomly see a dog in the shelter or online and realize you have to bring it home. Even though you weren’t looking to adopt a dog.
Katie fell into the third category when she was just a teenager. A young Shepherd-Husky mix, Aedean, caught her eye and then her heart in a matter of minutes. Although Katie Jean is primarily a wedding photographer, Aedan might be her favorite subject.
From Katie: “Aedan is our 9-year-old rescue. He is a Shepherd-Husky mix. He has been the greatest thing that has happened to me and my fiance Dylan. We rescued him when we were only 18, and he was six months. We were visiting the county shelter helping my Dad look for a dog after my parents got divorced. I saw Aedan out of the corner of my eye, took him out of the cage, and carried him to my car. I knew at that moment I wasn’t leaving him there. Our first moments together were so strong my Dad or the employees at the shelter didn’t even question me. I ended up not even having to pay his adoption fee; they just let me take him. He was in really bad shape- malnourished, ribs showing, fearful aggression to strangers, and separation anxiety. He had been previously abused and was left at the shelter after a police report. I will never forget on the drive home, my fiance (boyfriend at the time) sat in the back seat with him and Aedan just laid in his lap being so thankful. Ever since then he has slept in the bed with us, right in the middle on his own pillow. He is an extension of our hearts and has made us better people. It took us about five years to get him to the point where strangers could approach him. He learned so quickly but needed to have his trust built back up. Today at nine years old, he travels EVERYWHERE with us, gets so much attention, and is the best-behaved dog I have ever had.
Every time we go out, someone always approaches us or comments on how beautiful he is, and asks ‘is he a puppy?’ His personality is absolutely wild. Aedan runs laps around our apartment at all hours of the day. He loves swimming, running, and visiting cafes. He is the best dog ever.”
About Katie Jean Photography: Based in Richmond, Virginia, Katie specializes in wedding photography.