25 1 / 2012
I remember picking her up for the first time, I had never had an Alaskan Malamute before and my mother thought I was crazy taking in a dog like this. To tell you the truth, I was worried myself - and spent long hours googling information about the breed. When I first got her, I wasn’t sure if we had a connection. She was so timid and quiet for a puppy, she stared at me like she thought I was an alien. I remember taking her to the veterinarian and they said it was the usual behavior for a puppy to act distant during her first few days in a new home.
And, in a matter of a few days, Zoey took this whole “connection” process a lot more seriously than expected. She would find any way she could to get closer to me, and although she wasn’t allowed on my bed (yet), she always found ways to be around me and anything with my scent. Napping on my slippers was her new favorite pastime.
She was playful and rambunctious, but so well behaved around me. I took her to Puppy Starters Class, and found out she was an incredible little Malamute. So different from all the others, as she felt the need to please me was of the highest importance!
Zoey became more than a dog, she became my baby and best friend. However, I found out how attachment also had its problems when I left for Canada for a month. Zoey didn’t take well to that and ended up in the hospital, and I had to rush home ahead of schedule to make sure she was alright.
I learned my first lesson then, when the quiet, sickly dog that tucked her tail between her legs suddenly let out a long howl as my car was approaching. The veterinarians were surprised, rushing to her, only to find that she had leaped out of her cage and into my arms, asking me to take her home.
Lassie had nothing on Zoey.
Zoey didn’t live a long life, she passed away just this past January 3rd, 2012. However, the lessons she taught me will remain with me forever.
This blog is dedicated to a wonderful dog who will forever be missed, and forever loved. She inspired so many people through Twitter and Facebook that had never even met her. The least I can do is write about what she wanted to leave behind.
God touches us in ways we never imagine, and my faith grew through this little puppy with the biggest heart I’ve ever seen. Zoey, I was lucky to have been loved by you.