02/13/09: I can hardly believe the time is almost here. It has seemed like such a long wait. This year has had more than it's share of heartache. As you know, I cried every day for 2 months straight over the loss of my little Amando. I also had to say goodbye to my old boy, Moses the cat. He had been battling with high output renal failure since the fall and was so sweet to allow me to hydrate him subcutaneously without a fuss, but he got to the point where he no longer left the warmth and comfort of his bed and was so emaciated. Sue was kind enough to go with me to the vet last Saturday where we allowed the vet to put him to sleep. We then brought him home to lay him to rest in his favorite spot in the garden. Fran had helped me dig a grave last fall when I realized he probably wouldn't make it through the winter. Anyway, I am blessed to have two wonderful friends who wept as hard as I did.


As for my new bundle of love!!!!! The Blue collar male is my favorite followed by the OXM, and RM. They all look so sweet. The name I have chosen for [the red collar male] is Phoenix. Not so much for the mythological bird that rose to live another cycle of life, but more for the emblem of the rebirth of hope and peerless beauty and excellence. Sue and I would like to drive up on Saturday the 21st if that works for you. We both want to meet the beautiful white king shepherds! I will call you tomorrow to try and firm up any plans and final payment. Amy, I can hardly wait. I am so ready and will be very happy to have a new spark of joy in our home. ~ Nancy (Ohio, USA)


050403/16/09: I can hardly believe it has been three weeks since I brought Phoenix and Mily' (Phoenix's litter sister) home. Although bringing home two puppies was a spur-of-the-moment decision, I have not for even one moment regretted that decision. They have added new life to our home. Akamai has been wonderful with them. I am really enjoying getting to know the intricacies of their personalities. Phoenix is much more confident and laid back . . . Phoenix, as you know, was named symbolizing the rebirth of hope . . . Anyway, I love them both dearly and am exceptionally grateful. They are both very bright and already soundly know the meaning of “potty” and “sit” and are somewhat learning the idea of “stay”. They are a true joy. Thank you for remembering Amando in your e-mail. I hope you enjoy the pictures. [Phoenix has the darker coat] ~ Nancy (PS: Phoenix weighed 28 pounds . . . at 11 weeks.)




04/22/09: I can see why Mily' was your favorite. She is so incredibly sweet and eager to please. Phoenix is all boy! They tend to feed into each other's energy but are quickly learning how to be patient and polite. I think with dedicated effort, I will be able to help Mily' become a confident little girl. I just need to be patient and gentle and not push her too hard. She runs and hides at any unfamiliar noises, so I want to be sure the situations I expose her to do not traumatize her. By the way, at their 16 week check-up Phoenix weighed 45 and Mily' was 32 pounds. I will send more pictures soon. ~ Nancy


06/30/09: Mily' is unbelievable beautiful. She has the most beautiful pale yellow, white, sable and black coat. She has gone through so many interesting color changes and now has a beautiful saddle back. I will send more pictures. I just didn't want to overwhelm you with more until you had a chance to deal with what you already have. Both pups have done exceptionally well in obedience school. They both graduate from eight weeks of training this week (separate classes). They also just started attending four hours per week of doggie daycare for socialization and I have hired a wonderful private trainer for the summer. Group classes resume at the end of August. They have suggested I try and show. We'll see. ~ Nancy


09/27/09: The puppies are both very loving and sweet with Akamai and myself. Phoenix is huge. He was 106 pounds at 8 months. He is a big teddy bear. Mily' is very small. I will be weighing her tomorrow when we are on our way home from doggie daycare. Both dogs still have one ear completely down. I've tried every method I could find on internet. What is the latest age at which you have heard of ears still coming up? ~ Nancy


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