Meet Zoey Valentina

Zoey Valentina Photo: Ilana Hulsey Rea

Zoey Valentina Photo: Ilana Hulsey Rea

It’s been a while, I know.  January and February are supposed to be slower months.  Instead, I have found my weeks busy with appointments, colds and an altered routine.  Most recently, we adopted Zoey Valentina, formerly named Cucusa and formerly from Puerto Rico.

So the story goes like this….

On Valentine’s Day, we needed a toaster.  Hubby eats toast EVERY day.  And I wanted to get Kiddo out of the house after she recovered from her most recent cold.  So I looked for ideas of what to do when the weather is very cold.  Oh, that looks good:  take her to the PetSmart next to Target to look at the fish, the gerbils, the kitties, but do not bring home any new pets.  True, we have kicked around the idea of getting her a fish after Baxter died, you know something low maintenance.  But not today.  If I’m going to bring home a fish, I sure as heck better know how NOT to kill it.

And then it happened…

Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation was there.  With dogs.  I oohed and ahhed.  But no touching.  If I touch a dog, I want to take care of it.

But Hubby. Saw. Zoey.

Hubby. Fell. In. Love.

I saw that look in his eyes, so I diverted him and Kiddo to the gerbils again and did a quick Google search of the German Shepherd/Lab mix.  It’s one thing to want a dog.  It’s entirely another to want one that can hurt your child (or you).

Well, turns out this mix is good with kids and families.  So after a consul over coffee and donuts, we ultimately agreed that we were meant to adopt Zoey.  I mean, when do I ever say – hey let’s go hang out at PetSmart and on the one day that Lost Dog happens to be there (Hubby got Baxter from them many years ago) ?  And how often does my cat-whisperer Hubby fall in love with a dog at first sight?  Twice, apparently.

I grew up with dogs and had a Lab when she was an adolescent.  A dominant, alpha female puppy.  Whoa, Nelly, was that an experience.  German Shepherds are smarter than Labs, who aren’t exactly failing IQ tests themselves, and Cucusa may have been a street dog (though she clearly acts like she may have lived with someone).  She’s smart enough to train us all if we aren’t careful.  At 10 months (and almost 60 lbs), we can develop good habits early.

So, we start dog training with Bark Busters tomorrow.  I am very excited, because it is something I wish I had done with my other dogs.   Stay tuned.


What are your thoughts?