It was a chilly night in April when Pete Gabriel got his first look at a dog on Craigslist.
His friend Jennifer had posted it on the local dog-lovers site and the search continued to grow.
Gabriel, 26, and Jennifer had been friends since high school.
She’s a writer and artist who grew up in the District, and she grew up around dogs.
They’re the sort of animals that bring people together and make them feel like part of something larger.
“It’s like we’re living together, and we’re kind of on the same side of the world,” Gabriel said.
“We get along great, but we don’t have the same expectations about each other or about eachother.”
The two started meeting up after they moved to D.c. from Texas for their first year at college.
When Gabriel started working for an entertainment company in the city, Jennifer would stay home.
She’d spend hours cleaning and washing dogs, and Gabriel would come in the evenings and help her.
They began seeing each other a few more times over the next few years, and they eventually started living together.
“She started being a real dog lover, and Pete started wanting to be a dog lover,” Gabriel recalled.
He said that after years of not being able to find homes for their dogs, Jennifer finally began looking for a new home.
“There’s always a need for a dog in the neighborhood,” Gabriel explained.
“People have always wanted a dog and have always looked for one.”
He said Jennifer and he started dating for a while, but the two were still living in the same apartment.
But when Jennifer’s husband moved back to Texas, they moved into the same house in North Carolina.
She called Gabriel a few times to see if he was interested in moving in with her and her family.
“I just kind of told her, ‘Look, if you’re looking for something that’s right for you, you’re going to love this house, and if you love it, I’m going to go and get it,'” Gabriel said, describing the moment when he called Jennifer.
“And she just loved it.
She was just a super happy dog.”
They moved into their first home together.
Gabriel was excited about the new space, but Jennifer’s family was less so.
“That’s when I realized it wasn’t a home I wanted to live in,” Gabriel continued.
“The dog-loving part of me was gone.”
Jennifer, who had always had a dog-related love for dogs, started getting worried when she saw the large, white, black, and white-colored dogs that lived in the living room.
Gabriel and Jennifer decided to give up on finding a new place to live.
But Jennifer’s younger brother, Adam, had just moved to the District to work in construction.
He also has a dog, which he took with him to work and play.
“My older brother and I just started playing with our dog, and I’m like, ‘We’re gonna have to find something,'” Gabriel told HuffPost.
“Pete started coming over, and he’s been with us since we started dating.”
Gabriel said that Jennifer became the first person he ever met who actually wanted to get a dog.
“He was just this one of those people who’s been around forever, and all these people had dogs, but they didn’t know where to go,” Gabriel recounted.
“This was just like, let’s start going, and let’s do it.”
He added that Jennifer’s love of dogs led to an affinity for people with dogs.
“When she was younger, I think it was like, I don’t want to be the only person that’s been to a dog show,” Gabriel added.
“In my younger years, when I’d go to a show, it was a huge hit.
I didn’t have to look for a place to go, I didn.
I just knew the people who had dogs were cool, and people who loved dogs were cooler than I thought.”
But when they got married, Gabriel said Jennifer began to worry about her dog.
Gabriel said she told him, “If I ever get divorced, I just don’t wanna leave the dog.”
The next time Gabriel saw his wife, she had a new puppy.
“You know, when my mom died, I went to see her and said, ‘What are you doing here?'”
Jennifer told HuffPost, but she quickly regretted it.
“As soon as she saw my new dog, she started crying,” Gabriel laughed.
“But I’m just so glad she finally accepted him because I didn`t want to leave him.”
The new dog was a chocolate lab.
Gabriel didn’t want him to be upset about being put down, but it wasn`t easy to get over his initial reaction.
He thought it was just the normal thing for a pet owner to do.
“Every once in a while it’s just