To bring light and joy into the lives of mentally handicapped people is Brooke Riggsbee’s goal with her adopted dog, Remi. He’s a friendly dog, who loves to give kisses on command, “willingly and endlessly,” says the West Bloomfield, MI, woman. That sounds perfect for the new role she hopes he will fill.
Two years ago, Remi’s home was the Canine Companions Rescue Center in Clarkston, MI. The Husky/Collie mix was 14 weeks old and needing a forever home. Brooke saw his photo on Petfinder. “That little thumbnail image of Dunkel (as he was so named) had my heart fluttering,” she says. “One look at that little face and I knew it was meant to be.”
These days he fills his time with “walks at the park, playing Frisbee in the yard, and snuggling with us in bed at night,” Brooke says. It’s a dog’s dream life, and Brooke says he has made her a better person. And so her aspiration is to share her remarkable best buddy with others.