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Life hasn’t stood still while I’ve been too busy to blog – in fact, it has been pretty eventful around here. I’ll try to get caught up, starting by sharing this new addition to our family.

We have a new Great Dane puppy! I’ve had a lifelong love of gigantic dogs (I have my parents to thank for this, as they bought our family a St. Bernard when I was a child), and when the chance came to purchase a Great Dane from a local litter, we jumped at the opportunity! This dog is officially Allen’s birthday present to me, and I think it’s the best present ever!

Buddy (as we call the pup, while we await naming inspiration) is about 6 weeks old. In Honduras, puppies are sold at a younger age than in the US, and this litter of pups wasn’t going to be around if we waited until the puppies were older. So, we’re giving him a bit of extra care and attention (read: spoiling him), since he’s really a teensy baby.

All of our adult dogs think Buddy is a nuisance, but Ginger, our 4 month old Labrador, thinks the puppy is a new friend/toy. We have to watch them when they play, because of the difference in their sizes, but Buddy isn’t intimidated. He’s just thrilled to have a playmate.

We’re having such fun with our new baby. Buddy hates to be alone, he grumbles in his sleep and when his belly is really full, and he has now grown enough that he can get up and down off the couch by himself (using the footstool to help). Oops – that letting him on the couch thing might have been a bad idea! Don’t worry, though, when he gets a little bit bigger we’ll train him to stay off the couch. We have to . . . either that, or purchase an additional couch. Once he’s grown, he’d need the whole couch to himself!

For now, the baby gets to sleep on the couch, and I love seeing him snuggled up to our long-suffering cat, Splotch.