Actor and father Parry Shen (Brad, GENERAL HOSPITAL) is still thankful that he and wife Kim let Santa deliver a puppy to their family back in 2017. “I’d never had a dog and always wanted one, but practicality set in,” he explained to Soaps In Depth. “You’ve got to feed it and walk it and take care of it…”
So when the Shens’ daughters, Avery and Kori, who are now 14 and 11, started pushing for a dog, their folks warned them about all those responsibilities and asked why they wanted one to begin with. “What sold it for me was when my youngest daughter said, ‘We’d always have something to do, because we’d always be hanging out with her,’” Shen recalled.
Still, he and Kim played it cool until Christmas. “We put Roxi in a wrapped box for 30 seconds and had the girls open it up. And they were extremely surprised, because we’d pretty much told them we were never getting a dog!” Just as Kori expected, Roxi has been a great addition to the family. “It was just us four for the longest time, so she’s definitely added a new dynamic,” said the actor.
“When we come home, she’s always excited to see us and jumping on us. And first thing in the morning, they all snuggle up with her in bed. It’s like that every day.” And despite Shen’s concerns, they don’t even have to walk the 12-lb. cutie and she’s pretty low-maintenance! “We have enough room around the house and in the backyard that she gets plenty of exercise,” he said. “She’s also very well-trained. She’s got a cool, easygoing demeanor. I don’t think that’s much due to training on our part. She’s a rescue, and we kind of lucked out with a chill dog. She’s the best!”
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