When it comes to lifetime commitments for these gay Atlanta guys, Mr. Right has nothing on canine companions.

By Mike Fleming

For better or worse, in sickness and in health. These words may bring to mind certain ceremonies, but they’re never truer than the unspoken vows gay guys make to our dogs.Think about it. Most gay dog owners you know have been through two or more boyfriends or husbands since they got their dog. With a few notable exceptions, pets outlast all other pretenders to our hearts. For richer or poorer, to have and to hold from this day forward, the five Atlanta guys featured in our Pets Issue show what lifelong love is really all about.

Photos by Preston Woods, PPlanet Photography

BruKrebsBru Krebs, 45
Dog: Zorro, 4.5-year-old Doberman
How long have you been in Atlanta?
Since 1998.
What do you like to do together?
Zorro and I love to rollerblade the BeltLine together or go to the beach.
What’s your favorite thing about having a dog?
He is the one you can always rely on, the one who is always there for you, the one who truly cares about you, the one who is always your cheerleader, the one who is always happy to see you no matter what.

 

 

TylerForsythTyler Forsyth, 29
Dog: Gunner, 4-month-old Boston Terrier
Where are you from and how long have you been in Atlanta?
I am from Rockmart, Ga. I’ve lived in Atlanta for two years, and there is no other place I would rather be.
What’s your favorite activity?
Long walks around Piedmont Park. Gunner loves to roll around in the grass and chase after people walking by.
What’s the greatest thing about having a dog?
The unconditional love I get from him. Whether it’s following me around the house or cuddling with me in bed, he is always right by my side.

 

 

DanielValentineDaniel Valentine, 31
Dog: Mighty, 4.5-year-old Bulldog Mix
How long have you lived in Atlanta?
From OTP and lived in the city 5 years
What’s his favorite activity?
He loves playing fetch and being my shadow.
What is your favorite thing about having a dog?
Unconditional love and loyalty.

 

 

 

VincentMartinezVincent Martinez, 50
Dog: Simone, 8-year-old Standard Poodle
How long have you lived in Atlanta?
19 years
What is your favorite activity together
We love car rides. Simone is a great passenger.
What is your favorite thing about having a dog?
Easy. Everything. Dogs are like children that never grow up and live to love you and make you happy.

 

 

 

BrentMoneyBrent Money, 25
Dog: Georgia, 6-year-old Labrador Retriever
How long have you been in Atlanta?
2.5 years
What is your favorite activity together
Sunday Funday at Piedmont Park and throwing the tennis ball
What’s your favorite thing about having a dog?
She is a better cuddler than any man.