When you have lived with dogs for any amount of time you know that they, like their humans, develop of love for certain foods and certain toys. Fortunately for my friend Lisa Pomerance and her Papillon Remington it was the exact same toy. Hedgehogs filled their lives, and through Facebook, our lives.
Their fun and joy in hunting the most unusual hedgehogs was infectious. The hedgehog was a perfect foil for Lisa. Hedgehogs are small, cute and captivating, so was Lisa. There wasn’t anything that she and Remington didn’t enjoy doing together and she shared it all with us, and like those adorable hedgehogs we smiled whenever we saw a picture of Remy being Remy. Lisa let me into her world and shared her love for Remington and I am a much better person because of it.
I don’t think that I totally understand the “Hedgie love” but I know that Lisa enjoyed the hunt. Finding the right Hedgie toy that was the perfect size (ok, Remy loved his Hedgies big, medium or small) the right color (Lisa helped me find a camouflage Hedgie for my Toller puppy), the toy that made the best noise and had the right amount of fake fur. The hunt did not there, it went into the right Hedgie sweater/shirt for Remy, the pillow or dog be that was covered in Hedgie print and of course Hedgie photos.
Whenever I was able to spend time with Lisa I was brought into her world. We shared the passion of obedience, rally and agility. Lisa always made me smile. Her smile and her laugh were infectious. She could easily find the “happy side” of those not so glorious agility runs or the new fail in the obedience ring. She enjoyed the company of all kinds of people and dogs and she brought that love and attention to detail in her many photos.
Lisa also wanted to make the perfect performance events for her little Prince. We had been working together off and on for the past few years trying to get our regional Papillon club to add obedience and rally to our regional specialty. We finally had the go ahead for this year. We had so many plans and ideas. It seems impossible to go on with our plans without her. She had such energy and passion and worked hard to carry them out.
What I will carry away with me is the fact that Lisa loved her Prince Remy and she wasn’t ashamed to show it. He is a totally and perfectly spoiled prince. However, Lisa loved Remy enough to teach him about being a good dog. He had such wonderful manners and was a real representative of the Papillon breed, small, funny and highly trainable. Remy can track, he can run agility (even designing his own courses), and was working on his AKC Utility title. Lisa was always reminding me that this life with dogs was fun, fun, fun.
Just like Remy loved his Hedgies, I loved Lisa. She never failed to make me smile and all I want to do now is bring her home and know she is safe. I’m going to miss you Lisa. Thank you for sharing your life and Prince Remy with me. Travel safe and one day Remy will meet you at the Rainbow Bridge. In the meantime keep hunting for that perfect Hedgehog.