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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The New Addition to the Family

For as long as I can remember, my family has always had a dog or two. I'm not sure if it was intentional or just chance, but the way things usually worked out was that we overlapped them by getting a puppy (or young rescue dog) when our existing dog was somewhere in middle age.

The result of this arrangement was that our middle aged dog got to 'mentor' a puppy or young dog, and gained a play companion (things that they both seemed to enjoy). 

And when, by and by, the time came for the older dog to 'cross the rainbow bridge', we already had a beloved pet to help comfort the family during our time of loss.

Our lab/shepherd mix 'Lulu' was the puppy that helped our previous lab mix 'Jordan' get through her cancer treatments, was her constant companion throughout the second half of her life... and was with her to the very end.

This is a photo from about  seven years ago of Jordan meeting Lulu for the first time:

Jordan & Lulu 1

And here they are a few months later as fast friends:

Jordan & Lulu

Now that 'Lulu' is in the neighborhood of seven, we started thinking about getting a puppy to keep her company. Some asking around and research brought us to a lovely family in the Galilee that breeds German Short-Haired Pointers.

Zahava and I were looking for a short-haired breed (less shedding) with an even temperament, and this breed seemed to fit the bill.

Here is a picture from yesterday showing a grown up 'Lulu' with her new side-kick, 'Rosie'.

Lulu & Rosie

Things have, once again, come full circle... and we (and they) couldn't be happier! 

Posted by David Bogner on April 28, 2015 | Permalink

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Adorable... thanks for posting!

Posted by: val | Apr 28, 2015 1:39:42 PM

Somebody looks cozy :)

Posted by: Alissa | Apr 29, 2015 10:52:37 AM

They are so cute! May they bring each other and you lots of joy!

Posted by: Stefanie | May 1, 2015 6:07:18 AM

Im so pleased for you. I have been similar, with my cats....and right now, they are keeping me going: yesterday, May 26th was my 60th birthday....a year ago, by beloved husband had another massive stroke on that day, and then on the 29th he left. So, approaching first yahrzeit, and my head is in a very strange place. Still trying to come to terms with the death of my mother in a fire three years ago. Losing my soulmate....we were married 34 years....is such an incredibly painful thing. No family, except my cats, who are keeping me going. And your post about your new puppy was a lovely thing to read, even if Im a bit behind....but perhaps it was the right time for me to read it, as I need all the comfort I can Get right now.
Alex

Posted by: Alex | May 27, 2015 2:12:25 PM

Alex... I am sorry you have experienced so much loss in the past few years. But I am pleased if my post offered some comfort, however small.

Posted by: treppenwitz | May 28, 2015 1:17:10 PM

I am not a dog person - never have been. HOWEVER, I had some lovely "parents" when I was at university who had an identical breed as Rosie. She was called Chepta (Pokot for "little girl"). That dog was amazing in every way and when I spent time with my other mum and dad, Chepta was always at the front door to welcome me in. You have a real sweetheart there.

Posted by: Kiwi Noa | Jun 22, 2015 12:33:03 AM

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Thanks

Posted by: Adrienne | Aug 3, 2015 1:44:18 AM

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