Lots to unpack!
Molly used to take pictures of cats too. Get them all staged. It was amazing. I don’t think he had a dog when he started — Arrington calls it out in his investment post. But, I remember Moxie fondly (and I am 99% sure it was Ted’s dog, but now you have me questioning myself). In fact, I met Mox before I met Ted.
Have you looked into local law clinics? There are often great law clinics either through local law school or nonprofits. When I was working at The Catholic University of America in DC and the University of San Diego law schools their clinics were amazing.