Its taken me almost a full week to get this post up. As you all know we have been waiting (patiently) since before his Aug 9 birth to bring home our Fergus. I must have drove the breeder crazy asking for photos every week. This past Wednesday we drove to Newport, PA. A drive I NEVER want to do again in this lifetime BTW. But so worth every mile. He is not the lighter of the two males, the one I was hoping for, but he is perfect in every way. For those of you who have read The Art of Racing in The Rain, or better yet A Dogs Purpose you will understand when I say, I have known this dog before. I didn't recognize him at first, but as we drove home, this little silverish brown bundle of love sat on my husbands lap, with his piercing green eyes staring at me, almost begging me to look at him, REALLY look at him. And the moment I did, I could almost hear him say, "you know me, right, we've got this, right?" And it was strange, but I did, I did know him, I DO know him. Its a very comforting feeling, soul hugging, if I dare say it. Once home, Gunther was, to say the the least, not happy, AT ALL. I had forgotten that he has been an only child for over a year, and boy was he jealous. But after a bit of wrestling and ear pulling, and relentless snuggling from this new little guy, he either saw exactly what I saw in him, or he just gave in, because they have been inseparable since. I had forgotten the "new mother" stage of having a puppy this young. The middle of the night runs out to the yard, the occasional found turd on the floor, and the constant watching, grabbing and replacing so as not to be killed really wears you out. But when he's laying fast asleep on your back, head thrown over your neck, a constant stream of puppy breath floating past your nose, it's all worth it. He's been having struggles with staying dry during the day, and has come to love his daily bath at lunch time (something my husband is NOT very happy about ). He'll get it, they always do. I just want to soak in every second of the puppy stage that I can, because I know too well that I will wake up not too far from now laying next to a full grown dog. My dog. It amazes me how much I learn about myself from these animals thatallow me to share their lives.