Engaging Tails: Teddy Roosevelt the Shih Tzu-Pekingese Mix

Teddy Roosevelt is one former president who is pretty recognizable.   While I am not a history buff, I’m a fan of both his mustache and the National Park system that he established.   This Teddy may not have developed any National Parks, but he does have an epic mustache!  Thanks to Leslie West Photography for this dog-centric engagement session!

dog with mustache, engagement pictures with dogFrom Leslie:  “Mallory and Matt are the sweetest, most laid-back couple. When they asked if they could bring their rescued dog along with them to their engagement session, of course, I said yes!

little white dog looking up, on location dog/engagement photosHis name is Teddy Roosevelt… because of the mustache. How fitting! They also purchased these rad t-shirts from Etsy that had Teddy’s face on them.”

couple wearing t-shirts with their dogs face on it, custom made shirt, gifts for dog loverscreative engagement portraits, including a dog in engagement session dogs in engagement session ideas, Shih Tzu Pekingese mixed breed lying on grass with his peopleFrom Mallory and Matthew:  “We rescued Teddy Roosevelt from the local animal shelter in Athens, Georgia  four years ago – right before Christmas 2013.  After taking him to the vet, we learned that he was not the 3-year-old dog the shelter told us, but more likely a 7 or 8-year-old dog.  We thought the age completely fit the ‘old man’ vibes we were getting from this guy. 

little dog sitting between engaged couple, couple wearing matching t shirts with dogs face, dog with Teddy Roosevelt mustacheThis Christmas we celebrated his ’10th’ birthday and decided to mark the occasion by getting his DNA tested so we could finally answer the question, ‘what kind of dog is that?’.  It turns out that Teddy is NOT the Havanese mix that he was listed as when we found him at the shelter.   He’s a mix of mostly Shih Tzu and Pekingese, with a little American Eskimo Dog somewhere in the family tree.

couple and Shih Tzu mix sitting on grass, engagement pictures with dogs small mixed breed standing in between couple with matching ts, creative dog portraits

 We don’t know the story of his first seven years, but we are thankful we’ve got him now. He is a grumpy little guy but makes up for that with a pretty spectacular mustache (hence being named after a famous mustache).  He loves being an only pup and only barks when he is sleeping.

dog sitting pretty during engagement session, dog photography ideas We both feel incredibly blessed to have this guy in our lives.”

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About Leslie West Photography:  Based in Athens, Georgia, Leslie specializes in wedding photography in the Southeast.  She has an adorable Frenchie named Etheline.





Abby says:

What a handsome fellow! Their matching t-shirts are so cute and such a neat idea!

Ah, man, this photo shoot is THE CUTEST. I LOVE their shirts, and their sweet little dog. I especially love his name! I am sure they will treasure these pics for a long time!

Monica says:

Cuteness overload! I love the shirts!! I need one of my Shiba Inu!

    Beth says:

    That would be awesome, I hope you get one!

Whitney says:

What a cutie!! Those shirts are so awesome too!

Megan says:

Now I really want a t-shirt with my dogs face on it! So cool.

    Beth says:

    Isn’t it great! I hope you get one.

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