But Peaches seemed to be a magnet for misadventure. One day, while playing in the family's backyard, she simply disappeared.
How does a 10-pound dog get over a 7-foot-tall fence in the middle of winter? Had she been scooped up by a hawk?
"There was two feet of snow on the ground when she disappeared, but not a single track on either side of the fence," Connelly says.
For days, people combed through the woods around the mountain community. A week later, a neighbor who lived five miles away heard a commotion outside. She opened her front door - and a tiny, terrified dog came running right past her. At her heels were two coyotes.
Peaches was back. And back to her old ways.