She came to live with Dave and Shannon at the age of eight weeks-old for their first wedding anniversary on July 18, 1999. It was
Shannon’s gift to Dave. Paisley spent the better part of her puppy obedience classes walking around the ring backwards trying desperately to greet whoever was behind her.
Paisley spent her last few years living with
Shannon’s parents. Shannon’s parents were able to give Paisley the walks and attention she deserved. When Paisley still had energy and good mobility, she loved to watch Judy ( Shannon’s mom) swim laps in the backyard pool. Paisley would race from end to end, licking Judy’s hands as she touched the wall to turn for her next lap. When Paisley got too hot, she would sit on the steps of the pool in the shallow end to cool down.
Paisley would take nightly walks with Art,
Shannon’s dad. “She’s kind of a chicken,” Art had said about his walks with Paisley. Paisley had been known to be spooked by her own shadow and in her scramble to get behind whoever was walking her she’d nearly trip whoever was on the walk with her.
Shannon recalls the time 65-pound
Paisley and three-pound Alli the Pomeranian joined forces. Alli showed Paisley where the treats and food were kept at Art and Judy’s home. Paisley then clawed the closet door open. Both of them enjoyed their team effort thoroughly and were found with their heads in a bag of dog food stuffing themselves silly. The family often joked that those two dogs, big in heart and little in brain, shared a bond and a brain and together made a good pair.
Paisley joins Mocha, Alli, JoJo, Rusty, and Mindy at the other end of the proverbial
. She and her gentle spirit have left a hole in everyone’s hearts and a trail of tears glistening on sun-kissed cheeks. Rainbow Bridge