Service Women & Their Dogs, Vol. III
Laura & Lil' Bit
"My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me."
This is the word that Laura uses to describe Lil' Bit.
Theirs is a classic lost and found story. Back in 2014, Laura was a college student at Northwestern State University. One night, a little black Pomeranian with a greying chin appeared outside the home she shared with roommates. The dog had no collar, and Laura did everything she could to see if anyone was missing a pet. But no one claimed the little dog, now dubbed Lil' Bit, and she became part of Laura's family instantly.
From Louisiana to Alabama, Lil' Bit has seen Laura through graduation from Northwestern, to her commission into the Army, to now. Laura's flight school graduation is swiftly approaching. After a long day of flying Apaches, Lil' Bit is always ready to spend hours cuddling with Laura on the couch. That's one of her favorite activities.
"She's always there for me," says Laura. "She's always available for cuddles, and she's super happy when I come home, even if I've only been gone thirty minutes. It makes me feel like I'm a celebrity!"
Laura describes Lil' Bit as a diva, and the tiny Pomeranian mix is just that. Whether she's looking Parisian in her carry bag, or prancing down the street like she owns the world, the little dog owns her space. As Laura says, she's small on the outside but you would never know by her big personality.
"She's changed my life in many ways," says Laura."It's hard to stay stressed when she looks at me with her loving eyes and giant wagging tail."
When we arrived in downtown Enterprise, AL, for our urban photoshoot, it was a chilly morning. But as the sun continued to rise, it brought warmth and highlights that made the cold hands worth it. Spring was well on the way with pansies already planted outside the Rawls Hotel.
If you haven't been to downtown Enterprise and you live in the Fort Rucker area, I encourage you to go out and explore the little storefronts and bistros. There are some real treasures to be found, from ice cream and donut shops to a farmer's market and butcher stand. You won't be able to miss the Boll Weevil Monument or the peanut and cotton mural, all of which are iconic to this little Alabama town.
Most of all, it's the friendly people who make this town so special. Many thanks to our friends at Crazy Cool Threads for letting us drop by their space to warm up, chat, and listen to some uplifting morning tunes!
"The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it."
Travelers, there is no path, paths are made by walking.
This is part three of a three part series of stories of service women and their dogs. To learn more about the project, read the introduction here.
"People, let me tell you 'bout my best friend."