The Ephemeral Romance of Audrey Hepburn and Her Precious Jean Pierre is an upcoming book about two dogs who met by “chance" in 2012: a true, love-at-first-sight encounter. Neither Audrey Hepburn, an 8-pound Italian Greyhound / Chihuahua mix, nor Jean Pierre, a 14-pound Rat Terrier / Chihuahua mix, were previously much into other dogs. Jean Pierre is an independent guy, and Audrey simply cannot tolerate other dogs. She feels strongly that as long as she is around, there is no need for other dogs on the planet!

Audrey Hepburn

Jean Pierre

Upon entering the park that day, each accompanied by their entrusted human, both immediately ran toward the other; they touched noses, and began frolicking in tandem through the high green grass. It was startling for Jean Pierre’s human, Avery, and for me. We had never seen either of them engage with another dog in quite that way, and have never seen them individually respond that way since.

The connection affected us both. The meeting had felt so fated and profound, that we brought them together as much as possible to explore their kismet. They always engaged in high play — chasing and smelling and grinning--- until they passed out near one another

in total blissful exhaustion. Only to rest briefly and then start all over again. Their meeting also sparked a wonderful and unexpected friendship between Avery and me that exists to this day.

Over the next years, Avery and I planned a number of official dates, activities, and celebrations, with Audrey and JP intimately involved in their unfolding. That is how this romance came to be documented and can now be shared with you.

For their first official date, Audrey and Jean Pierre went to Gabriel’s, a fabulous and authentic Mexican restaurant north of Santa Fe. They ordered margaritas and had guacamole made fresh at the table.

For their first official date, Audrey and Jean Pierre went to Gabriel’s, a fabulous and authentic Mexican restaurant north of Santa Fe. They ordered margaritas and had guacamole made fresh at the table.

For their next date, Jean Pierre decided to invite Audrey to go skinny-dipping at Abiquiu Lake. Audrey had never been swimming before. They laid out their beach towels, tossed off their bathing suits and JP patiently showed Audrey how to do her best dog-paddle.

On Valentine's Day, after exchanging cards and gifts, Jean Pierre drove Audrey to Albuquerque. He knew of an old-fashioned, authentic soda fountain, with the round, red-leather seats, and the fully mirrored wall, that served milk shakes, egg creams, and root beer floats. They decided to share a banana split with heart-shaped dog biscuits on top.

In the fall, they decided they wanted to go to the New Mexico State Fair and walk the midway together.They wanted to ride some rides, go to the concessions and eat unhealthy food, play some games, and buy or win souvenirs.

In late winter, John Pierre’s humans decided to get married. He asked Audrey Hepburn to the wedding.  She wore her pearls, and they basked in the garden sun, shared champagne, and gobbled down wedding cake. 

I wish I could say at this point that Audrey Hepburn and her precious Jean Pierre lived happily ever after, with several Chihuahua-mixed puppies running and rolling and frolicking between their legs. But as is often the case in this life, our beloveds move away, or fall out of love, or choose another, or get older  and lose interest. Several years ago Jean Pierre’s humans had a baby named Jack, and the four of them moved to Washington state, not a quick drive away. Audrey grieved for 18 months, and never has dipped her paw in the love pond again. Jean Pierre made some four-legged acquaintances in Washington, but never found anyone as compelling and attractive as Audrey Hepburn. And so, their ephemeral romance came to an unexpected end. Tough planet. 

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