We love our furry family members, and we bet you do, too. In honor of our annual men’s issue, we invited a few local guys to introduce us to their favorite four-legged friends.
Lamar Rembert and Baxter
Please tell us the story of how you and your dog met, or how he/she became part of your family.
We adopted Baxter in August 2014. He belonged to my wife’s best friend, Tara Napolitano. Before Tara went on Hospice care, she asked Lorna if we would take Baxter. She had several dogs, but Baxter was her favorite. Lorna agreed. A few weeks after Tara passed away, Lorna informed me that she needed to go pick Baxter up. I was not on board with the decision. We already had a dog and we traveled a lot on the weekends for our son’s travel baseball. Lorna informed me that it was too late and that she promised Tara before she passed. I understood, but was not thrilled about the added responsibilities. When Lorna arrived home with Baxter, he immediately ran up to me on the couch, and practically sat in my lap. He knew what he needed to do to win me over. My attitude changed on the spot, and I knew he would be a great addition to the family.
Do you and your dog have a favorite activity you enjoy doing together?
Baxter and I enjoy watching sports. If our boys Eli and Ethan are not home, Baxter follows me around and watches sporting events with me. If he wants attention, he will hook his paw around my hand and force me to pet him.
Please share a brief story or example of why your dog is truly “Man’s Best Friend.”
Baxter would not claim me as his best friend. His best friend is my youngest son Eli. Baxter sleeps in Eli’s room and he impatiently waits looking out the window waiting for Eli to return when he is gone. Baxter is always by his side. The bond that they have is great to watch. Baxter is 11 years old but shows the exuberance of a puppy whenever we return home after a long day. The care that Baxter shows for our family is what makes him a Best Friend.