The first time I laid eyes on Rizzo, he was being carried by actor, Corey Feldman. Nervous and scared, Rizzo wrapped his body around Mr. Feldman, unsure of anything that was about to happen to him.
Once on the ground and feeling grass on his paws for the first time in his life, he looked around at all the curious, weepy, happy eyes on him and all the camera's that were clicking away at his beautiful face and just stood still. Tail down but his head was high. I'm not one for understanding too much of a dog's body language but I'd like to think that Rizzo was being brave at that moment. Could he feel the positive energy in the air? Could he feel the love that was undeniable at that moment? Did he know he was safe?
Well, if he didn't know then, he definitely knows now.
When I walked into Rizzo's new home a year later, I found him completely stretched out on the windowsill. He was totally chillaxin' (yes, I just used that word). I received a healthy tail wag but Rizzo wasn't quite ready to say hi yet. And that was okay. I had other Beagles to meet!
This is Bonnie. Bonnie was the greeter of the house. She is also the maternal one. She is the caretaker of all who enter. I thought about sticking her in my backpack when I left but I'm pretty sure they would have noticed she was missing.
This is Ashby. Ashby was a bit more hesitant of me. It wasn't until the treats came out that she decided that I was okay. This image is a Before Treats shot.
After some play (treat) time, Rizzo decided that I must be okay if the other dogs were hanging around me so, he joined in the fun for a bit. As I was passing out treats, Mom (Natalie) told me that Rizzo has ever changing allergies. Just when they think they have found the right food for him, he gets a rash or has a reaction and they have to start all over again. However, his body is always ready for some rotisserie chicken! Watching all three of the dogs try and get some chicken was a pretty funny moment and one that I could not, unfortunately, capture on film. They moved too fast!
Rizzo could not have found a better home than with this young family. They are beautiful, happy, and full of life and just what Rizzo needs to stay active.
The two human kids (and Beagle Freedom Kids members) told me that Rizzo is a mama's boy. They told me that he doesn't like to be too far from her. Getting all that love, who could blame him??
But, I think he looks pretty comfortable on his human brother's lap.
Rizzo was one of the most composed and peaceful animals I've met. Which leads me back to the first time I laid eyes on him. Maybe he was brave. Maybe he was feeling the love and positive energy that cool night in February of last year. Or maybe he's just one cool cat…uh, dog. He's accepted his past, moved on and is living the good life by the beach with some really cool humines and canines. Sounds good to me.
Looking forward to BeagleMania! Come say hi!!