Meet the new pup!

I’m doing my best to form words and not just emit a high pitched squeak because last night I held my new pup for the first time!

With my brother and sister along for the ride (no way they were missing this) I drove down to visit John and the litter. The eight pups are six weeks old an were eager to romp as soon as we walked in the door.
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Unleash the hounds!DSC05660-1The pups piled out and one went straight for my shoe. I was too giddy to do anything but laugh and take photos.  After some boisterous trouble making, Molly came over to keep her pups in lineDSC05677-1“What did I tell you guys about roughhousing on the furniture!?”DSC05680-1The pups are also getting teeth so Molly is weaning them. It was hilarious to watch a couple go for milk only to have mom toss them aside. The grow up so fast! DSC05721-1

Ginger, the foster John had when I first visited is still with him. Thirteen and still going strong, but she has seen enough puppies in her time. Ginger was happy to watch from above

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Recognize those expressive eyes? That’s Eko’s mom, Goldi. It was fun getting to see the whole gang again

After reveling in the puppy mayhem for a while, John reached down and scooped up the girl he thought would be the best fit.

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She was quite content to be passed around and loved

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Helen of course promised to give her plenty of treatsDSC05819-1

And well, in my arms, she was a perfect fit! While I fought the urge to steal her right then and there, she fought the urge to keep her eyes openDSC05846-1

I reluctantly put her down and she sauntered over to the dog pile for bedtime

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Sweet dreams, I’ll be back soon!

I’m so happy the stars aligned and I had the opportunity to come back for a visit. It was great to see John and remember where it all began three years ago. The adventure begins all over again in just a few weeks! Until then, I get to dream but John probably won’t sleep – the pups still have to get their vaccinations, microchips and health certifications – not to mention all the other work that goes into caring for eight pups.

I have more photos and videos to go through, so there will be plenty more to share as soon as I get back to Chicago. I’m so excited to be so close to turning this dream into a reality!

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