Bonita Springs – “Look for the silver lining,” is often said to comfort people who experience challenges. Hurricane season evokes many memories for residents of Southwest Florida. Once the frightening and damaging aspects pass, many people are able to find their pieces of that silver lining. Jennifer Semro of Bonita Springs is one of those lucky people.
She had two precious pets that filled her life with joy and companionship for many years. When they passed, she went a long time without finding another dog.
Along came Hurricane Katrina and an interrupted vacation due to gasoline shortages. Feeling a little sad, she decided to take a drive instead to the Humane Shelter.
After they introduced her to many dogs and none caught her eye, she said, “I really prefer a little scruffy dog.” They had a small golden terrier mix in the back, not yet processed; and it was love at first sight. “It was the eyes,” said Semro. “She still talks to me through her big eyes.”
According to the AKC definition of terriers, people familiar with this group invariably comment on the distinctive terrier personality.
These are feisty, energetic dogs whose sizes range from fairly small, as in the Norfolk, Cairn or West Highland White Terrier, to the grand Airedale Terrier. Terriers typically have little tolerance for other animals, including other dogs, but make engaging pets for energetic owners.
Therein lies the magic of a mixed breed that Semro calls “dog” and named “Katrina” in honor of the storm that brought them together.
Unlike her Terrier cousins, Katrina is a great hostess. “If someone comes to the door without a dog for Katrina to entertain, she looks lost as if to say, ‘Where’s the dog?’ She even shares all but a couple of favorite toys that she immediately makes clear only belong to her,” said Semro. Weighing in at 13 pounds, one of Katrina’s best friends is a 100 pound golden retriever!
“Katrina was kept in a crate by the people that owned her before she went to the Humane Shelter, explained Semro. It took three months to mitigate her fears after I brought her home.” Now Semro is considering Katrina for a therapy dog at Hospice, her disposition is so friendly to all. Semro takes her love of dogs one step further.
“I like photographing dog faces,” she says and advises pet owners to photograph their pet at the pet level, not aiming a camera down at the animal.
“A dog’s attention span is not long; a short session is best.” Of course with a subject like Katrina, with one ear up and the other permanently down, a great photograph comes naturally.
Bonita’s Best Friends
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