Over the past year, we’ve interviewed many members of the hospitality industry, and one constant among the interviewees has been a profound love for their pets. We thought it would be great to share this love with our readers. That’s why we launched an ongoing feature called “Wag Wednesday” to showcase industry peeps and their pets. Know someone who wants to be featured? Email us at email@example.com.
This week, we’re featuring Eddie Fuentes, Co-Founder of Cocktail Cartel, and his Yorkie, Lexi Woo.
Your Name: Eddie Fuentes
Your Pet’s Name: Lexi Woo
Breed: Yorkshire Terrier
How did you come to own your dog? What drew you to them?
I was an adopted father — not as heroic as I would want it to sound. I met Lexi when I started my relationship with my amazing girlfriend. At first, I hated doing everything for her because I made a promise long ago to never have a small dog … especially something the size of what an average-sized dog receives as a toy. Lexi’s actually a big teacup yorkie. She’s 2.5 pounds of non-stop energy and entertainment now and adds unique joy to our lives. Lexi is a part of our family.
What’s the story behind your dog’s name?
Lexi has always been a name the family wanted for the dog. Woo because she looks a bit Asian at times.
How would you describe your dog’s personality?
Confused and hyperactive.
How has owning a pet made your life richer?
She brings me love every day without judgment, financial gain or wanting something in return. Just more LOVE.
It’s said that dogs reflect their owners and vice versa. How does this apply to you and yours?
It really reflects my girlfriend in hair style and overall look. Lexi is also very protective like her mother.
Tell us a funny story about you and your dogs.
Honestly, she makes me laugh every day I get home regardless of the day I’m having. She has a bit of a lost/dumb face on her; it sounds bad, but I can’t help it.
Are you involved in any pet organizations or philanthropies?
Not yet, but I’m open to it. I would like to do more. It’s sad what people do when they think they have outgrown their pets: toss them out, send them to a shelter or worse.
We follow a lot of dog social media accounts like Doug the Pug, Rocco’s Contemporary Life, and Menswear Dog. Do you? Which are your favorites?
I’m not a social media kinda of guy but come on, you already know: Miami Food Pug.
See past editions of Wag Wednesdays here.