My dog craze started in college when I made the mistake of playing with a dog at one of those pet stores in the mall. It was a golden retriever puppy that my sister and I named Kesha and she only cost $3,500. For the last few years I have been stopping by shelters in case I found the perfect dog even though it was always the wrong time (I used to live in a studio apartment). Last January, Ronan and I celebrated our first anniversary. We agreed that a dog would be our gift to each other.
I looked at animal shelter websites practically every day for months and we would go to shelters every few weeks but still no luck. At one point I thought I found the perfect dog so we rushed to see her after work before anyone could adopt her. When we got to the shelter they brought a different dog and swore it was the same dog (it wasn’t). I became a little disillusioned with the smaller shelters that I had found online. I started looking on a website for breeders and found a miniature schnauzer breeder with great photos of the puppies. We agreed on a price and we were going to meet halfway from Phoenix to Tucson. The night before I was really nervous so I told my husband that I wanted to look them up on Facebook first. Turns out they were basically dog hoarders and the dogs were not living in the best conditions. I continued my search.
Then finally one day I saw this picture on Craigslist:
I rushed to show Ronan and I was like, “I know this is crazy but I think we should get this puppy. Let’s get her tomorrow night before someone else does.” And he agreed! Then came the nerve wracking part. We drove to a town that we had never been to. We got there at night and it was fields and farms (aka everyone probably owns a gun). Once we got to the house I got really nervous. Should we be going into a stranger’s house? What if we were about to get murdered? Still, we decided to risk our lives and went in (Zoey owes us one).
It turns out that the couple that had the puppies each owned a miniature schnauzer when they started dating and their dogs had these puppies. That was sweet. When we met Zoey she was the small one of her siblings and was super mellow (minus the part where she jumped out of Ronan’s arms). Her dad was big and really calm and her mom was small and energetic. We thought, “Yes! She will be small like her mom and mellow like her dad!” I was still really nervous when it came time to actually say yes, in fact, I kept asking Ronan if he was sure. So we took Zoey and her parents stood at the door and watched, it was so sad but I’m glad now (I’m selfish and I think Zoey loves me so…). When we got home she was super mellow and slept on our fur rug. This only lasted about two days; she’s like a circus dog now. You would think after years of wanting a dog I would have had a name picked out but my friend Deysi actually helped me with that (thx girl!).
She is small like her mom (14lbs to be exact) and NOT mellow like her dad. She wakes us up at 6am every morning and barks like crazy at the mailman across the street. It’s good though because she gets us moving and she makes us laugh. She is really smart and cute too. The last thing I want to share is my favorite thing about Zoey. When we come home Zoey is SO thrilled to see us, even if we were only gone for 15 minutes, it’s such a happy feeling to come home to that.
And here is Zoey now:
Many people have messaged us on Zoey’s Instagram account (Z_is_for_Zoey) asking about those squirrels. They are part of the Outward Hound Hide-A-Squirrel dog toy and are super durable. Zoey doesn’t use the log anymore she just hides the squirrels under furniture and finds them when she is bored. You can buy them at most pet stores; we bought ours on Amazon.