Shelley Widhalm

Hello world!

In First puppy, Puppy love, Shelley and Zoey on June 16, 2010 at 12:12 am

I wasn’t planning on getting a puppy. I wanted to some day, but that some day was far off. I was in year five of my allergy shots and found that I could be around my friends’ cats and dogs without sneezing and wiping at my runny eyes. Since my teddy bear days, I was an animal lover, resorting to befriending and dressing my bears every morning, knowing that my relationship with animals would have to be imaginary.

A couple years ago, it dawned on me that I could in fact get a cat or a dog. I bought a cat record book and a guidebook for your first cat. I figured I would get a cat, because I was single and worked full time and wouldn’t be around enough to give a dog enough attention.

In February 2009, I went to a mall pet store and saw a short-haired miniature dachshund and held him and thought, “I want this dog.” I went back three days later to hold him again, and he was gone. I cried driving back to my house, and as I lay in bed that night, I tried to figure out what was wrong with me. I knew that I longed for a pet, but I was being a bit ridiculous about it.

A week later, I was feeling dog lonely, so I want back to the pet store and saw a long-haired miniature dachshund and held her. She had a black strip down her back and black lines extending from the corner of her eyes as if she was a punk rocker. I wanted her but this time did not cry. I brought my mother back the next day for a second opinion, not wanting to make any rash decisions. My mother held Zoey, and that was it. We both fell in love. My mother suggested the name, liking it after just finishing a book with a character named Zoey. The name fits – she is so easy to fall for with her zaniness and crazy love of life.

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  1. i especially like the part abt her having ” . . . black lines extending from the corner of her eyes as if she was a punk rocker.” no wonder Zoey and i get along so well!

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