Gentry November 2016 : Page 128

PETS &THEIR PEOPLE SHARE &SHARE ALIKE An abandoned stray now calls two homes his own. recently decided to apply this wise adage to their newly adopted dog, Thunder. Jill Daniel and her husband John Savage first met Renee and Aaron Paterra four years ago when their sons Stone and Luke (respec-tively) were teammates on the Belmont Blasters team.Quickly becoming friends, the families soon realized they also were neighbors—living only one block apart. While the boys traipsed back and forth between houses, the moms bonded during “girl-talk” walks, and the family patriarchs— John and Aaron—began coaching Little League teams together in addition to sharing a passion for golf. Jill admits her son Stone (now 11) had been begging for a dog but she was hesitant to take on the commitment, given the long hours she and her husband spent with their start-up venture, Din-ner-licious.com, an organic prepared food delivery business servic-ing the greater Peninsula area. Renee, too, loved the idea of a dog for her two sons,AJ (14) and W Luke (12), especially never having had one growing up. But she shied away from the commitment since her family was always on the go. “Renee and Aaron have the opposite schedule of ours,” says Jill. “Their jobs provided some flexibility during the week but they loved to travel on weekends when we just wanted to relax at home.” Discussing their dilemma on the phone together one day, an idea was hatched. “It dawned on us both simultaneously: What if we share a dog?” says Jill. Page 128 // GENTRY // NOVEMBER 2016 e’ve all heard the maxim, “It takes a village,” often refer-ring to the shared under-taking of raising children. But two Bay Area families Jill Daniel and Renee Paterra with Thunder A spontaneous visit to the Peninsula Humane Society sealed their fate, as well as the fate of a large Labrador/border collie mix with beautiful black-and-white shaggy hair and golden eyes. “My heart immediately melted,” recalls Jill. “I was a goner as soon as I looked into those sad eyes.” So far, co-sharing is a breeze. The families’ biggest hurdle to date was getting seven people to agree on a name—Rocky and Oreo were contenders, but Thunder was a loud-and-clear winner. The division of care isn’t set in stone,and can vary week to week. But, “Essentially, Jill and John are home more on the weekend,” says Renee, “and we are home more during the week. So Thunder tends to stay with us on more weekdays and with them more week-ends. But since we live so close, it can change day to day as our schedules change with sports and vacations.” Since both families want to maintain a strong connection with Thunder, they each try to see him every day, albeit briefly. “Our families mesh well, respect each other, and err on the side of grace and generosity,” says Renee. “So this relationship works well, and Thunder is the beneficiary of so much love and attention.” As the family vet voiced recently, “Great dogs find great people.” This great dog found seven of them. x —JILL LAYMAN

Pets & Their People

Jill Layman

SHARE & SHARE ALIKE

An abandoned stray now calls two homes his own.

We’ve all heard the maxim, “It takes a village,” often referring to the shared undertaking of raising children. But two Bay Area families recently decided to apply this wise adage to their newly adopted dog, Thunder.

Jill Daniel and her husband John Savage first met Renee and Aaron Paterra four years ago when their sons Stone and Luke (respectively) were teammates on the Belmont Blasters travel baseball team. Quickly becoming friends, the families soon realized they also were neighbors—living only one block apart.

While the boys traipsed back and forth between houses, the moms bonded during “girl-talk” walks, and the family patriarchs— John and Aaron—began coaching Little League teams together in addition to sharing a passion for golf.

Jill admits her son Stone (now 11) had been begging for a dog but she was hesitant to take on the commitment, given the long hours she and her husband spent with their start-up venture, Dinner-licious.com, an organic prepared food delivery business servicing the greater Peninsula area.

Renee, too, loved the idea of a dog for her two sons, AJ (14) and Luke (12), especially never having had one growing up. But she shied away from the commitment since her family was always on the go.

“Renee and Aaron have the opposite schedule of ours,” says Jill. “Their jobs provided some flexibility during the week but they loved to travel on weekends when we just wanted to relax at home.”

Discussing their dilemma on the phone together one day, an idea was hatched. “It dawned on us both simultaneously: What if we share a dog?” says Jill.

A spontaneous visit to the Peninsula Humane Society sealed their fate, as well as the fate of a large Labrador/border collie mix with beautiful black-and-white shaggy hair and golden eyes. “My heart immediately melted,” recalls Jill. “I was a goner as soon as I looked into those sad eyes.”

So far, co-sharing is a breeze. The families’ biggest hurdle to date was getting seven people to agree on a name—Rocky and Oreo were contenders, but Thunder was a loud-and-clear winner.

The division of care isn’t set in stone, and can vary week to week. But, “Essentially, Jill and John are home more on the weekend,” says Renee, “and we are home more during the week. So Thunder tends to stay with us on more weekdays and with them more weekends. But since we live so close, it can change day to day as our schedules change with sports and vacations.”

Since both families want to maintain a strong connection with Thunder, they each try to see him every day, albeit briefly. “Our families mesh well, respect each other, and err on the side of grace and generosity,” says Renee. “So this relationship works well, and Thunder is the beneficiary of so much love and attention.”

As the family vet voiced recently, “Great dogs find great people.” This great dog found seven of them.

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