I’m having a very chaotic week.
I apologize to all of you who are waiting to hear back from me.
(And there are a lot of you!)
I returned from my trip last weekend to an overwhelming amount of stuff needing my immediate attention.
I’m doing my best to get caught up.
At the same time, on a personal front, I said good-by to my oldest son.
He returned to work in North Carolina.
My daughter has needed my help with a few things due to an international trip she’s currently on.
My youngest son returns to college in Texas in just a few days.
His imminent departure has meant a lot of additional errands.
(For instance, his cowboy boots desperately need resoling. Cowboy boots are urgent?)
I’ve come to the realization I won’t get caught up with work until next week sometime.
Tonight I have a shoot.
I’ll be cleaning lenses all day in preparation.
Thank goodness we have one of only three U.S. Canon Service Centers here in Orange County.
They did a professional cleaning of my camera bodies for me this week.
I’m also checking messages frequently in hope for puppy news.
There’s a Newfoundland in Canada expecting a litter this week.
I don’t know, yet, if there will be a healthy puppy in the litter for me or not.
I’ve been in touch with the breeder, but we are just in the beginning stages of corresponding.
Newfoundland puppies are not easy to come by if you’re working with a reputable breeder.
If I’m able to adopt one, I’ll have to wait until it passes it’s nine week heart check to bring it home.
And then ….
Training will begin so Adorable Puppy can grow into a Loving Companion and Service Pup.
I realize some of you might be wondering why I would go to a breeder vs. rescuing a dog.
I am very pro-rescue.
But, in my case, there are two reasons.
First, I’m looking for a specific breed for specific service tasks.
I love many types of dogs, but I need a big/strong dog.
Second, health issues abound in Newfoundlands.
By going through a breeder, I can verify health screening for both the puppy and it’s line.
Does health screening guarantee I won’t run into health problems?
No, but it does improve my chances with some of the life threatening ones.
Service training takes a lot of time and dedication.
Obviously, it’s wise to find a breeder who does health screening.
In any case, I’ve been busy juggling a lot of this personal stuff.
Simultaneously, I’ve been attempting to work my way through a backlog of emails and photography projects.
I appreciate your patience …!