Father-and-Son Dog Lovers
Derek J. Statkevicus was never a dog person. For one thing, he did not like dog hair everywhere, said his wife, Kimberley Young Statkevicus. When she finally persuaded him that she needed a pet, he decided on a basset hound because he thought it would look goofy and just sit around (she wanted something more high-energy, like a retriever).
Then came Squirt: half basset, half yellow Lab, very cute (and house-trained to boot). "He totally fell in love with that dog," Mrs. Statkevicus said, "even to having her on the bed!"
Though he commuted an hour and a half each way from Norwalk, Conn., to his job as an equity analyst at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Mrs. Statkevicus said, "Derek would take her on walks, play ball with her, give her baths and stuff."
And a good thing, too, because Tyler, their son, was born in August 2000, a year after Squirt arrived, and another baby is due in January. (Mr. Statkevicus, 30, loved being a father.)
These days, Squirt gets her exercise in the backyard, sometimes with Tyler, who loves to climb on her. In addition to adoring Squirt, Tyler takes after his father in other ways, Mrs. Statkevicus said: "He's very active, very smart."
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on November 27, 2001.