This adorable Maltese puppy is from Lynn Allen's blog

It is getting to be that time.

Maui passed about three months ago and I now
am hearing the distinct sound of puppy paws
in my future. How soon, I do not know...

...but I do have a birthday coming up later
this month...and I always wanted a dog for my
birthday when I was a kid. In fact, my
parents promised me one when I turned 10.

I never got one when I was 10. In fact, I didn't
discover the joys of my own dog until I was in
my twenties.

I am old enough to get a puppy on my own now...

So, maybe this could be a VERY SPECIAL birthday!

(Molly has been dropping hints)

We will see...and I would like to include you in
the process. That is why I plan to post some videos right here on about the search for a new dog.

Stay tuned!

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Comment by Sally on October 27, 2008 at 9:58am
Hi James,

Best of luck in your search. You will know when you are ready. I lost my 10 year old choc. lab 6 years ago. I waited 5 years and 3 cats later to get another dog.(crazy huh?) My new girl just had her 1st birthday and I can only say nothing brings more peace to my heart than that big brown dog laying on the floor. I still get a bit choked up thinking of Maxine. She helped me raise 3 children and made us laugh endlessly. Sometimes I regret waiting so long.... but, that space was for Holly. You know Maui will help.
Comment by Sparkey's Mom on October 27, 2008 at 7:03am
It takes time, but you will know when the time is right and the "right" dog will enter your life--just believe ! !
Comment by colleen robinson on October 26, 2008 at 7:42am
I, too, would echo visiting a few rescue groups or using PetFinder if going in person is too difficult (I know, it is for me) -- all three of my fur kids have come from different rescue groups via PetFinder - I was able to learn so much about them before meeting them & fell in love before we ever set eyes on each other!

Maui will help you - this I know!

Much love to you & Molly - you will find the perfect dog for you!
Comment by Ann biting on October 23, 2008 at 3:36pm
Please contact a local humane society or a rescue group in Hawaii to adopt your next dog. These are really in need of a good home and, if you get a puppy, would most likely be from a puppy mill who treats dogs in a most inhumane way. Am sure if you go to and put in Hawaii a lot of rescue groups would pop up and you could view pictures of all the dogs who need a good home like you would give them. Ann Bitting
Comment by Shirley on October 22, 2008 at 7:51am
Aloha James and Molly,
I am so happy you are getting on with your life and thinking of a "great birthday gift".
There is nothing that can replace Maui in your hearts ,But maybe she is giving
Molly a great idea for your special day.
God bless both of you I look forward to the videos
Shirley Mead
Comment by Gael on October 22, 2008 at 6:18am
James, I love this quote. We lost the dog of a lifetime three years ago, and I am sure she sent it to us, the last part is truly Maggie!!!! I hope you can get something from it, and I know the right pup will find you. When the loss is fresh it is hard to imagine a new pup in the home, but soon enough we realize we need the magic they bring to our lives to be whole.
"Now I would ask her, for love of me, to have another. It would be a poor tribute to my memory never to have a dog again. What I would like to feel is that, having once had me in the family, she cannot live without a dog! I have never had a narrow, jealous spirit. I have always held that most dogs are good. My successor can hardly be as well loved or as well mannered or as distinguished and handsome as I was in my prime. My Master and Mistress must not ask the impossible. But he will do his best, I am sure, and even his inevitable defects will help by comparison to keep my memory green."
Comment by Cheryl Warren on October 22, 2008 at 4:19am
Hello James and Molly,
I too have read your blogs about the passing of your beloved Maui. You have great love to give and as others have written we have too many animals in shelters who are in desperate need of loving homes. Please consider inviting one into your life and home. You may want to view the wesite " Dogs in Danger" started
by another man with a great love for dogs. Best of luck in your search for a new love.
Cheryl, Maxximillion and Winchester
Comment by Kit Wrede on October 22, 2008 at 3:19am
Hello James! Having volunteered for a no-kill animal shelter for the last 15 years, all I can ask, beg, plead is that you indeed rescue an animal or go to a shelter! Please do not buy from a pet store or a breeder. I think Maui would agree!
Comment by Jill Fischer on October 21, 2008 at 6:37pm
Hello James and Molly,
After losing both of our dogs in 2002, I lasted only a month before the lack of a dog in the house left such a hole I could no longer stand it. I asked my husband if we could "just go look" at the humane society. He, knowing exactly what this could mean, reluctantly said yes. Well, what should come eagerly bouncing in my direction but the nuttiest 8 month old poodle mix you have ever seen. He ("Tatertot" promptly renamed Gus) is completely different than our other dogs and he has grown into a loving and faithful companion. He was joined by another pound puppy, sweet, sick, and very scared 4 month old Greta - a Golden, etc., etc., in 2005. She is now healthy, happy and secure. The journey of loving, losing, and loving a pet again is personal and takes place in our own individual times and ways. We all have our stories! I wish for that bright spirit to find you and share life with you. He/She will be a very lucky dog indeed. I will await the happy news :-)
Comment by Gail Forman on October 21, 2008 at 6:17pm
By all means, PLEASE adopt a rescue dog, or dog in an animal shelter. So many homeless canine souls are euthanized each year in animal shelters across the country. My girls are rescues and they are absolutely the sweetest, smartest, most intuitive souls. They are not purebred, but chihuahua mixes; "mutts" in other words, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Best of luck in your search for a new pack-member; please keep us all updated!

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