Puppy Breath

Yesterday, “the” litter of Newfoundland pups had their final health check up.

Last night, my son and I went to visit the litter to make the final pick of “our” puppy.

(This entire process has been handled WAY differently than it was throughout my Bad Breeder Experience.)

I had an idea of which puppy I’d be picking as I drove to see the litter.

And …?

I did not pick that puppy.

I surprised even myself.

Here is a (poor quality) photo of my new pup:

Pup 1 © 2015 Suzanne Haggerty W

He will be coming home to live with me/us tomorrow, Wednesday.

On the drive home last night, my son said the puppy “looks like a Fred.”

I told him we couldn’t name him Fred because the “lost puppy” from Bad Breeder Experience was named Fred.

My son told me I needed to name this puppy Fred, regardless.

And …?

I surprised myself, again, by agreeing.

Our new puppy is now named Fred.

Let me tell you a little about Fred.

Fred is huge – even by Newfoundland puppy standards.

Fred weighed 23 pounds at approximately nine weeks of age.

Fred has huge paws.

Fred’s dad is an extra-big Newfie and I think Fred is going to be extra-large too.

Fred is not perfect.

Fred has a minor “flaw” or two … flaws I found endearing.

(For example, Fred has a tiny “kink” in his tail.  It isn’t visible, but if you feel along his tail you can find it!)

I explained to Fred I have flaws too.

I told Fred about my bum arm.

I asked him if he’d like to be my helper.

Fred didn’t seem to mind my flaws at all.

In fact, Fred seems eager to become my ever-present assistant.

I decided I didn’t mind Fred’s flaws either.

I could have picked a different pup …

An “unflawed” pup.

But, I discovered I didn’t want to.

I think Fred and I are well suited for each other.

We can make our flawed way together ….

In fact, I think our imperfections make us just perfect together.

20 Responses to “Puppy Breath”

  1. KirstyB

    I am *SO* happy that you have finally found YOUR puppy after that last mess!! Fred is adorable and I wish you many, many years of happiness with your pup!!

    • Suzanne

      Thank you.
      I am looking forward to training him, working with him, and loving him.

  2. Amy

    I’m so very happy that you and Fred found each other, here’s to years of love and companionship!

  3. Judi

    Yay! Welcome home, Fred! I think this is the start of a beautiful friendship. 🙂

  4. Stephen

    Suzanne, this puts the biggest smile on my face! 🙂 I’m so happy for you. And personally, I love the name Fred. Congrats and can you tell I’m smiling? 🙂

    • Suzanne

      I can tell!
      Thank you for being such a good friend.

  5. Julie in Michigan

    Hi Fred!!! So happy for you Suzanne. I look forward to seeing a ton of photos of your new family member.

    • Suzanne

      Thank you.
      Yes, he might become the world’s most photographed dog!

  6. Mj

    Yeeeeesssssssss! Finally…you are getting the newfie! I can’t wait to see all the photos of him. Happy it all turned out well this go around.

    • Suzanne

      Thank you.
      I don’t think I believed it would happen.
      I kept expecting the breeder to snatch him out of my arms.
      Instead, she hugged me and said, “Welcome to the family!”

  7. Michelle

    So glad you and Fred will have each other. I, like everyone else, looks forward to hearing of your adventures together.

    • Suzanne

      Thank you.
      I can’t wait for him to be far enough along with his parvo vaccinations so I can take him out and about with me!

  8. Jenny in MN, now in AZ

    So very happy you and Fred found each other. Seriously, this brought me to tears – knowing how much it means to have this new addition to your life. Congrats!

    He is ADORABLE!

    • Suzanne

      Thank you Jenny.
      I feel so blessed to have Fred!
      He’s an adorable fur ball!

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