It was about four months to the day Phoebe left us. The vet confirmed Walter was lonely. We went searching for a puppy at local PetCo’s in the area. We knew that the right one would just speak to us; pun intended. We were wrong. The puppy we found was sound asleep in the front corner of the pen. We walked in circles around the last parking lot waiting for this little butter bean to wake up, he didn’t. We kept petting his tail in hopes it would wake him up; no such luck. Finally we asked if we could pick him up, he had one beautiful glass eye. When we picked him up he started to purr like a kitten and continued sleeping in our arms. He perked up a little bit played with another puppy and came right back to us; we think for peace and quiet. He came home with us.
This cute little ten week old puppy came home with us and knew where everything was. The water, the food closet, even the back door. The puppy was so happy to see Walter. Walter was a bit standoffish; the puppy felt at home. Days went by and we had to name him. My family agreed that he was the smartest puppy we have ever encountered in our lives. He is part Catahoula and who knows. He made us laugh with his little noises, and amazed us with his outstanding mid air catches for being such a young puppy. Welcome home Sheldon Cooper. Sheldon has now been a part of our family for almost two years.
After a few weeks Sheldon seemed as if he knew something was wrong with Walter. I could not believe that this puppy actually respected Walters boundaries. This puppy was patient, calm and caring. Walter would be sitting by the window and Sheldon would bring a ball and drop it at his feet, as if to remind him that he was missing out on life. Outside they found one thing in common that brought them together: SQUIRRELS! I was never so happy in my entire life. Walter actually taught Sheldon how to run the rodents up the trees. My heart was filled with joy, because the first time in a long time Walter had a purpose and I could actually see his little boy personality shine again. As Sheldon grew older, he and Walter have been side by side like brothers.
Walter now has a hard time with stairs, and Sheldon knows. He has a bit of arthritis in his joints, due to his love of food. Sheldon will continue to circle back to let Walter know it is OK to go up the stairs, constantly motivating him to move. At the dog park it is fun to watch the two of them together run without leashes. They don’t leave each others side.
What me and my entire family think is strange, is the fact that Sheldon’s characteristics are so eerily familiar to Phoebe’s. We were not expecting him to act like her; kind, caring, thoughtful and super protective. From the day we brought him home he was part of the family.
Please enjoy the photos of our Sheldon Cooper. Sometimes he resembles Dobby from Harry Potter.