My love affair with Shelby began the day we brought her home. Ronnie and I were newly married, living in an apartment and we thought - what a great idea to get a dog! Being in our early 20's with spontaneous energy and little thought for the big picture, we got ourselves a dog that very day. So, we brought Shelby home and quickly realized that there's more to just getting a dog. After the first massive shit in our living room, Ronnie quickly volunteered to go out for supplies. The moment that I held her in my arms, and it was just the two of us, is the very moment I remember falling in love with her.
We lost Shelby in 2010 during the first month of a 10-month deployment. And while I've never experienced more pain in my life, surprisingly, Riley became my little buddy. (I hate it when Ronnie's right!) Riley became the very thing I needed while enduring the loss of Shelby and the many months left to go before Ronnie returning from deployment.