Luna the Adventuress

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About this J.P. Dog:

We first met Luna recently at the Cambridge Antique Center where she works with her human at the vintage bike shop, Menotomy Vintage Bicycles, in the basement. Luna, who may also answer to Looney Tunes, Bella Luna, or Pretty Girl is an almost 11 year old Irish Wolfhound.

I got Luna from a breeder in Missouri when I was living in Austin, Texas.  I drove up with a friend, got the dog, and then camped overnight in a pretty wooded state park next to a river in Oklahoma. It was a clear night with a full moon and Luna just scampered in and out of the moon shadows – that’s when i decided to name her Luna. (Continue for 3 more Luna photos and the rest of her story…)

During the night a mega rain storm swept the plains and I rushed out of the tent to put the rain fly up. Luna slept inside the tent the whole time, but somehow managed to take up the whole tent with her tiny dog body when I got back in. Ever since then I’ve slept in the corner of the tent while she sprawls in the center.”

About this J.P. Dog’s human: 

Luna lives with her human near the Brendan Behan Pub in Hyde Square, where they’ve lived in “the same wonderful apartment” for the past six years.

Does your J.P. Dog have any funny quirks, odd behaviors, or defining characteristics?

Luna snaps her jaws instead of barking when she wants something. So if she’s hungry or wants to go outside she will walk up to you- stare intently at you for 30 seconds to get your attention, and then SNAP SNAP! It really freaks out people when they are first getting to know her.

She also makes me hold her bones so she can chew on them. I suspect its because her paws are so far away from her mouth; it’s hard to get bones long enough that she can hold herself.

She’s really afraid of swimming but loves to lay down in puddles.

What do you love most about your J.P. Dog?

Luna is such a loyal companion. She is up for anything (except swimming).

Your J.P. Dog’s favorite outdoor spots in J.P.?

We like to walk in the parks, specifically the Forest hills cemetery and the Olmsted park. We like feeling like we are in the woods. Luna and I lived for 5 years in a cabin in Vermont before coming to Boston and we would hike everyday. I think our preferences come from that. She loves to follow tiny animal paths through the underbrush.

Anything else you’d like to share about your J.P. Dog?

Luna has treed two juvenile black bears. She’s also been chased by a herd of goats, and a gigantic pig.  She’s a Texan, a Vermonter, and a Bostonian. She’s a horrible bicycle mechanic. She’s not one to shy away from adventure and she’s always happy to make new friends.

Thanks for featuring my best friend!  I love her with all my heart.

Photography: Luna’s human (that last photo is Luna as a puppy!)

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