Snippy (a mixed breed), the alpha dog, was adopted almost a decade ago after Shannon saw her at a roadside pet rescue and she reminded her of her childhood dog, Lassie. She was eating out of garbage cans, Shannon recalls, noting that the dog’s tag said her name was Peanut.
They renamed her Snippy (because young Nick thought she was a boy dog whose male genitalia has been “snipped” off), and the rest is history.
Snippy is highly evolved for a dog – she can turn knobs to open doors, wears a seatbelt when she rides in the car, and, according to Gene, can climb trees! Gene often plays ball or chews the fat with Snippy, but Shannon is the pooch’s primary caregiver.
According to Sophie, Snippy is Mom as a dog. She’s skinny, blonde, really smart and does a lot during her day.