They say everything and everyone comes into your life for a reason. For Teri Parkhouse, that was certainly the case with her dog Diamond.
You see, Teri wasn’t a dog person. Dogs didn’t do much for her and she never intended to have one. That is until she met Diamond. Diamond was an American Bulldog . Teri didn’t think she was pretty, in fact she didn’t think she was cute at all. That soon changed as she got to know Diamond.
Diamond is what we would refer to as a “bully breed”. You know, those dogs that people will cross the street for just so they don’t have to walk by it, or that “type” of dog that people think could snap at any moment. Well if you know Teri, you know that she is going to prove everyone wrong and will be in your face about it.
After Diamond came into Teri’s life, she began to volunteer with Ring Dog Rescue, a local non-profit that homes and advocates for bully breed dogs. Teri had finally met her calling. Because of Diamond, Teri spent and still spends countless hours helping find a voice for the ones who cannot speak up. Over the years, Teri has helped hundreds of dogs find their homes, and has shown many that every dog is an individual. It doesn’t matter what a dog looks like, at the end of the day, a dog is a dog no matter their look, shape, or size.
Diamond made Teri who she is today. Recently, Teri lost her beloved Diamond to old age. She was surrounded by friends, family, and lots of tennis balls. Whoever said diamonds are a girl’s best friend never had a dog… unless you are Teri, who had Diamond for her best friend.
This is dedicated to Diamond, Teri, the dogs you have saved, and the ones that you will save.
Photos by Heather Booyson Photography