This is Shelby. She is a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. She is also our dog. Our first dog. Puppy, actually. She is 7 months old. Despite the picture she is actually shaping up to be a pretty good dog. I feel like we've had her for...ever, but it has only been 4 months. The hardest part about this dog is getting Dr. Gooch to fall in love with her. Because, Shelby already loves Dr. Gooch. She loves him so much that she pees a little every time he shows her attention. Dr. Gooch is my hero, because he only agreed to a dog because of the larceny. Remember the larceny? He's my hero because he is doing his best to love what he doesn't love. Dr. Gooch is an ER physician. So Dr. Gooch sees people who have been bitten unprovoked by dogs.
There have been a few times when I've been on the verge of giving this dog away. Not because I don't love her, because I do, but I love Dr. Gooch way more.
The thing is. I'm committed (seems the theme for me this year) to training her into adulthood. Then, I promised Dr. Gooch, we'll reassess.
This dog makes me laugh. She looks like a muppet, first of all, and she loves the rascals to pieces. To. Pieces. Seth especially loves Shelby these days. You can often see the two of them romping out back with the soccer ball (or his socks). And Hazel is more affectionate with her than any of us. Hazel and
Shelby are bosom buddies.
No one can resist a Griff face.
Not even Dr. Gooch.
He's even talking about training her up as his hunting companion. She's a bird dog, after all.