In memory of Shelby, cherished companion for 14 years. The most loyal and faithful friend I will ever have. Trusted guardian. Patient babysitter. Agile groundhog, opossum, raccoon, rat, mouse, squirrel and chipmunk stalker. My first love. Before my husband … before my children … there was a rambunctious, badly-behaved puppy that stole my heart. She was passionate about ice cream cones and thunderstorms. And she loved us as much as we loved her.