Here they are. The litter consists of three dogs, 2 girls and a boy. Molly and I are adopting the two girls.
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Comment by Cheryl Masterson on December 19, 2008 at 12:59pm
The more the merrier! You can never have too much puppy lovin'. They are just beautiful. Just want to wish you, Molly, and the girls a very Merry Christmas and a fantastic New Year. And keep the pictures comming.
Comment by Jerry Dunham on December 5, 2008 at 7:19am
I am happy to read of James and Molly's decision, too. I think they'll be happy that they've chosen this path. I know it's difficult to resist the cute second puppy, but in another year there will be another puppy just as cute, and they'll fall in love with it, too.

I love it when people are willing to do their research and figure out what will really be best for both the dogs and their human families. Far too few do that. If more would, I'd have a lot fewer dogs to rescue.

Jerry Dunham
Volunteer, Etosha Rescue & Adoption Center
Comment by Bobette on December 5, 2008 at 6:40am
I totally agree with Jerry and k9krzy, concerning getting a puppy from a reputable breeder. I lost both of my Bichons several years ago, and now have a physically disabled 7 year old Yorkie, not in the best of health.
I am physically disabled and wanted to get a puppy while I was still able to train her. I chose a Cavalier Spaniel
due to their mild nature and sole purpose on earth to be a lap dog. Many of us with physical disabilities as well as allergies, are not always able to find a rescue dog, that will match well with us. I agree that everyone needs to "Walk a mile in the shoes of dog owners that have special needs", before they are so critical of James and Mollys' decison.

I am happy to hear they have decided to only adopt one puppy, at this time. Puppies require lots of time and love, as well as training. Kanga will be happy for a playmate when she has been integrated into their family, in about a year. She can be a good example to her new playmate, when the time is right.
Comment by k9krazy on December 1, 2008 at 9:04pm
Jerry, I couldn't of said it better regarding the reputable breeders. All the negative posts regarding James' adoption choice are uncalled for. Unlike most people who adopt impulsively without doing the research into what their needs are, he has DONE the research, weighed his options and did what he thought best for his family. Especially considering their geographical location where it may be difficult to obtain a rescue dog.
I too work rescue, (www.heelingheartsacdrescue.org) and celebrate every dog that finds a forever home. There are many ways one can help out homeless rescues other than adopting and James does just that. So GIVE HIM A BREAK PEOPLE! :P
Comment by Sharon on December 1, 2008 at 4:54pm
Congratulations! I remember when I lost my Andre at 18-1/2 years old (a minature poodle), I vowed that I would never have another dog because it hurt too much. Four weeks later I was dog shopping and ended up with B.J. As B.J. got older, I got Maple because I knew that when B.J. died, I would be devastated again. It doesn't mean that you forget the first one, you just replace that void in your heart. I now have Jackson as well and Tony that cat that I rescued. The more the merrier. Good luck with your new family.
Comment by k9krazy on November 30, 2008 at 2:21pm
True story! I share my home with THREE cattle dogs. Granted they are not siblings and vary in age from 2-4 but the theory is the same. My wish for human kind is that very knowledge you speak of. Maybe then there would not be so many unbalanced, troubled dogs in the world.
Peace to you Jerry.. and THANK YOU for volunteer work! *big canine hugs*
Comment by Jerry Dunham on November 30, 2008 at 2:21pm
Looking back through the comments, I see that many are chastising James for getting these pups from a breeder. I work in rescue and am involved in rehoming hundreds of dogs each year, so I'm sensitive to their concern, but I never condemn someone who does their research, gets the right breed, and gets the pup(s) from a reputable breeder. The real problem is the thousands of backyard bred and accidentally bred dogs, in addition to the puppy mill dogs sold through pet stores. If we didn't have reputable hobby breeders who are truly dedicated to doing their best for their breed, we'd lose the individual breeds altogether. I have nothing against mutts (and have a foster mutt right now), but if we were to lose the special qualities the individual breeds bring to us it would be a real shame, and for many owners dog ownership would be diminished or even dropped because what attracts them to dogs in the first place includes the special characteristics of their favorite breed.

Jerry Dunham
Volunteer, Etosha Rescue & Adoption Center
Comment by Jerry Dunham on November 30, 2008 at 2:13pm
I hadn't read all the previous comments so hadn't seen yours. Now that I read it I see that you gave more detailed advice, and wrote what I would have written had I taken the time. I hope getting this from both of us will have an appropriate impact on James and Molly. If they do as you suggest, they will be MUCH happier with their companions in the long run. I also hope some other readers of this blog take this to heart. It ain't rocket science, but you do need to understand how dog relationships work if you're going to share your home with more than one at a time.

Thanks for the response.

Jerry Dunham
Volunteer, Etosha Rescue & Adoption Center
Comment by k9krazy on November 30, 2008 at 1:33pm
Just what I SAID back on page 3!! LOL Amen Jerry. :)
Comment by Jerry Dunham on November 30, 2008 at 1:04pm
Cuteness times 2!

The pups sure are excessively cute, as puppies typically are. Getting littermates has set you up for a challenge. It's not always true, but it's common for littermates to be very focused on each other, making them more difficult to train. It's certainly not a terrible situation, but I counsel first-time dog owners against it. I believe that you and Molly are sufficiently dedicated that you'll get through it, but expect some interesting challenges during the "teenage years" (between about 8 and 14 months for our larger breeds, probably less for these two).

Enjoy! And keep taking pictures. You can't go back and get puppy pictures after they're grown!

Jerry Dunham
Volunteer, Etosha Rescue & Adoption Center

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