I just ran across this polaroid going through paperwork. I think it was taken the night Ben met Emmy Lou. This was before me.

I love the story; Ben was grieving the loss of his alley cat, Lou*, who had died recently. He came home from the bar one night, slightly, um, intoxicated, to discover two pit-mix puppies in his living room. "That one is yours." said his roommate, pointing to the little girl puppy who looked like a piglet with a black eye.

A friend of theirs had found the two puppies on the side of the freeway, their mother had been hit by a car and killed. I am not sure if his friends knew this at the time, but Ben, who had been bit in the face by a dog as a child, had always been afraid of dogs. Emmy Lou cured him of this. She is by far the sweetest dog I have ever met. I wish I knew her when she looked like a piglet. [But I'm glad I didn't know her when she did things like chew up couches]

*Ben claims that Emmy is named after Emmy Lou Harris only, and in no way was he paying homage to his recently lost friend Lou. I don't believe him, I mean; Lou and Emmy Lou? I guess it was subconscious.


  1. I just had an "Awww!" moment.

  2. piglets. I love puppies that look like piglets.

    I was bitten by a dog as a teenager and was terrified of dogs until I met N's two soppy mongrels and they melted my heart.

  3. was just about to type awwwwwwwww myself.

  4. hi!
    i just found yo through peonies... and i want you to know that i'm balling my eyes out. for reals.

  5. Anonymous8:16 PM

    love that these little mementos can bring back such cute (and sad) stories. You make it all sound like quite a sweet encounter though.