Nelson. Photography by Jessica Turner.

“I know I’m biased, but he’s perfect,” says Allison Sheffieck of her family dog, Nelson.

She and her parents found him at a Plano animal shelter in 2012.

Nelson was sitting there, completely chilled out, like he was just waiting.

“He was the only dog we looked at,” Sheffieck says. “We took him home that day.”

His graceful demeanor landed him the role of Sandy in a production of Annie at The Shelton School a few years ago, but he found the actor’s life too boring after one or two rehearsals.

“I think he prefers modeling,” Sheffieck says.

Sheffieck, a school nurse in Richardson ISD, was raised in Lake Highlands with siblings Sarah, who is a teacher, and Caroline, who recently graduated from Texas Tech. Their mom, Diane, is a teacher, and their dad, Andrew, is an engineer.

Nelson came into their lives after the death of their 6-year-old dog, Clovis. He had a ruptured tumor in his spleen and died while the Sheffiecks were away on vacation. Nelson even looks like Clovis, and they can’t imagine a more perfect pet.

“He’s the same dog today that he was at the shelter,” Sheffieck says. “He’s 10 years old now, but he’s always acted like he was 10 years old.”

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