So I’ve started to recognize myself as a chronic liar. While this issue in itself doesn’t have anything to do with the article yet, it’s influenced me to bring up my next topic: Juno. Juno is a lovely one-year-old Gemini Weimaraner. Brought to us on May 20 of 2020 (by what I’d assume is an illegal eBay breeder), we got our Juno. The “we” in question is my brother, Jorge Alberto Vigil, who is the owner of the Juno. As Juno came into my life, I instantly loved her. She’s a very funky-looking dog. So to show off my admiration for Juno, I started posting her on my social media or randomly dropping a Juno photo mid text conversation with my friends. Which has caused people to start asking the question: "Who is this dog? And why?" I simply started saying she’s my dog (not true- this is a lie). But no one ever seemed to question it. No one second-guessed it. Good. Let them think that Juno is my dog.
Now, with a bit of background information of who Juno is, let me show my case. Juno became a widely popular sensation amongst my friends. Though I’d see where my friendship lied when they couldn’t recognize my other two actual dogs, they all knew Juno. This one photo in particular sprouted mainstream (again, within my circle of friends), becoming the source of newly made reaction pictures or edited memes, as shown below.
Though I’d like to show more of them, some of them aren’t what we’d call appropriate for a school-wide audience. But as it became the new norm, I was used to people using Juno photos or randomly talking about her.
Then, Renee entered. I was in my P.E class one day, enjoying life and talking about all my little dogs. I was in the process of showing my friend, Ranya, photos of Juno when I heard a voice behind me say; “I know that dog!”
I’d never spoken to this person before--nor have I shown them Juno. So why and how does this person know who Juno is? She then continued to tell me how a friend of a friend had shown her a photo of the dog, and I began to question how that friend had even gotten a hold of a picture of her. I don’t even know her! How would she know my dog before she knows me?
Wait. I’ve got the answer. Juno must be up to this. Juno must be the kickstarter to her newfound fame! Now, I know it sounds like a stretch, but I’ve got the credentials to prove it; 1) I’ve known Juno since she was 2 months old, 2) I’ve met many dogs before, and 3) I’m a master at analysis and behavioral shifts.
Juno has always been a bit of an oddball. Maybe it’s because she is a master manipulator. She seems to be likable but almost all of the most popular and well-known manipulators have been seen as likable and charming. Maybe it’s her funky smile -- or her large wide head that makes her seem endearing and whimsical, but I think it’s something more. A little more spectacular, a little more shocking. It’s definitely her eyes.