MY SWEETHEART SHELBY
by Cathy Trisco
It all started with a male Schnauzer puppy we named Charlie. I was naive then and we got him from a pet store but we loved that dog so much, he was faithful, protective, smart, funny, when he died at almost 13 years old our hearts were broken, I said I would never have another dog again because the pain was unbearable. Within 6 months I had two more schnauzers.
I didn't think I could love another more than Charlie, then I got our sweetheart Shelby from a rescue group. She was rescued from a puppy mill. She was just a white little hairball when we got her. She was the most beautiful white mini, loving, faithful, smart, sweet and she loved her mama (me) so much. We kept saying someday we will get her a brother. We had put in applications with breeders but when we got Shelby we were so happy we forgot about that, then 3 months after we got Shelby, we got a call about a black male puppy we named him Colby.
I could never decide if they were brother/sister or boyfriend/girlfriend. Colby was in love with Shelby, he followed her everywhere and kissed her constantly. What a loving pair. They were only 3 months apart in age. I knew they would both go around the same time. So 7 years later I decided we needed another baby but we ended up getting another white female from the same rescue group we got Shelby from and she was 7 years old and they were 8 at the time.
So we had a trio. So much fun and work but definitely worth all of it. My big boy Colby passed away at 14 years 6 months, and my sweetheart Shelby not long after at 15 years 5 months. We still have the last one who came with the name Sprite but she will be 15 in July. We don't have any human children so these dogs are the children and like people say with the human children, they grow up soooo fast. My heart is broken again but I just try to remember how much I loved them and they loved us. I have been trying to adopt another schnauzer but boy times have changed they make it very hard to adopt and its so sad because so many dogs need a loving home and I have a home ready for them.
Love, pet, kiss your dog everyday if you don't you will regret it when they are gone. Pets are just pure unconditional love, where else can you get that from.