Shelby Has Her Perfect Forever Family

We adopted Shelby, the 12-year-old Keeshond, on Thanksgiving weekend 2010. She's a real character: she smiles, she snorts, she chuckles, she eats expensive cupcakes meant for friends' birthdays.

She lives her days in the eternal hope that we'll feed her whatever is in our hands, be it vitamins, laundry, the mail, or power tools.

She's got the pep of a two-year-old, best manifested in her paroxysms of glee when we prepare to go for walks.

She might have unusually offensive breath; she might lack self control in the presence of expensive cupcakes; but so do the best of us.

Welcome to the family, Shelby.