Monday, July 5, 2010

Love and Small Packages

You may remember
when I wrote
about the crossing
of my parent's
young dog,
over the 
Rainbow Bridge
in the beginning
of May. (here)

Sweet Sasha
As they
worked through
their grief
and sifted
through photos
and memories

My mom
felt her heart
calling and
began to look
for Doberman
puppies in
their area...
just for fun...
just to remember
those puppy days.

IF they ever
got another puppy,
they wanted a
A breeder, not
too far away....

11 Puppies Born on May 2nd!

There she was.
Lake Oswego, Oregon.
Doberman puppies.
One little girl available.
Born the same day
that Sasha died.

Well, you can
guess the rest!

They named her
Kate and she came 
home on Saturday.

My kids cannot
wait until we visit
next month!

I wondered
how Kate
would adjust
from her rambunctious

To a quieter
life in
the country.....?

She howled
about coming in,
at first ~ 

But soon
she fit

Kate and Dad
hit it off
from the 

{They actually met within weeks of her birth.} 

And Mom
has a serious
case of
puppy love,

Welcome to 
our dog-loving,
crazy family,
little Kate!

You have big paws to fill.

I think dogs are the most amazing creatures;
 they give unconditional love. 
 For me they are the role model for being alive.  
~ Gilda Radner

Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.
~ Roger Caras

[images: All P&H except
pawprints and Google screen
{click on those for attribution}]


Zaira said...

Oh, she's so cute!!!! I'm happy that your mum found another lovely dog to care for. She must be so happy!!! Pets are so tender...
Hugs darling,
xx Zaira

winnibriggs said...

I wish Kate and her new family all the best. She does look cute. I am sure she will be just the tonic your mum and dad needed.

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

Oh dear............I have serious puppy-lust! Our son keeps asking when we are going to replace ours and I am almost there. I am sure Kate will be spoiled and fit right in with her new family. Looks like she already has........lucky dog. Much love XO

Morning T said...

YAY! Your mom is too cute with her sweet new pup. Love the shot of Kate on the couch, just like Sasha. :)

cityfarmer said...

oh my goodness gracious ...
she's beyond words ....

missn u

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

I'm sooo happy for them! I will tell you a similar little story. Almost four years ago I went to a little town and picked up Charlie Ross. I knew his name would be that, because it was my late best friend's father's name. And she was named after him. As I sat at that turkey farm where he was born, I asked her his birth date. It was my late best friend's birthday as well. I burst into tears. She had died in my arms just that summer. I knew it was meant to be.

Blooming Rose Musings said...

My goodness, Kate is precious! The cycle of life-the same is almost as if Sacha guided your parents to Kate. The picture of your mom with Kate is too cute! Wonderful picture. I think Kate is a very fortunate little puppy. There is a lot of love in that house!

Anne Marie said...

totally meant to be Suzanne.....

Faded Highways said...

Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I hope you had a wonderful 4th holiday. I actually tried to comment on that post (it was a great post) but blogger wasn't allowing me. I kept getting an error message.

I know exactly how your Mother must feel. My Mother too, has a silky terrier that she's nuts about.

Kate is so adorable. I'm very sorry to read about Sasha. The photos are so sweet.

Olive Cooper said...

Mercy me, that Kate is darling! The pic of her with your Mom is something serious.


Snappy Di said...

I LOVE this!! Dobies are such wonderful pets. Had one years ago and have never forgotten him. I can see that there is a lot of love going on at your Mom's house right now. Thanks for sharing this wonderful news!! I'm excited for Kate.. and for your Mom too.


Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Too wonderful. :-)

Of course I have to smile...isn't it funny how we become so attached to a certain breed? With us, it's Huskie's.

Your parents with their new baby are absolutely adorable. Nothing like the unconditional love of a pet!

Love ya!

Low Tide High Style said...

I'm SO happy for your entire family! That is going to be one very spoiled and much loved little Dobie!

Congrats, she is adorable!

Kat :)

FrenchGardenHouse said...

How absolutely adorable Kate is! This is the perfect post for me at this time. Our Beau, Labrador Extraordinaire, is almost 16. He is getting very old. I am beyond thankful that he is still here, this summer, as our children and grandbabies come and spend a few weeks with him, most likely the last time.

This sweet Kate story has given me hope that there will be another little darling that will capture my heart. thanks, friend.xo

Karena said...

So Adorable!! Precious and so loving, our dear four legged friends!

Art by Karena

June said...

Kate is one lucky dog. To be loved so and welcomed so. A very lucky dog indeed!
She is a little beauty.

Linda said...

OH Suzanne~ I love this post...I'm so happy for all of you!

Rozmeen said...

She is so lovely, and she will give your mum and you guys a lot of love.

It was just ment to be! Enjoy...


pve design said...

awww,-unconditional love, for food, a home and care.

Passionedeco...perchè le case hanno un'anima said...

Good morning my dear!
Oh my, so sweet! She is so beautiful!
Yes, dogs are wonderful creatures and we love them so much even if sometimes (like this morning!!!) they make such a mess in the garden!! I had to clean all around for a whole hour this morning before going to work, can you believe that???!! ;-)
I wish your parents many many happy years with Kate!
You got it right, the pics you saw in my post are those of the before and after renovation of my grandparents home. The bricks weren't added, we just discovered them under layers of concrete!!
Have a good day,

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Suzanne dearest, this is a wonderful post....dogs are my favorite and I so wish I had one. I would love a westie, cairn or a fox terrier, but my all time favorite is a big, chunky YELLOW LAB!!!!! Hey, come on over for some tea? Let me know when! Anita

pretty pink tulips said...

OK...not sure why, but tears in my eyes. I am so happy that your mom has found Kate! Big paws indeed to fill....but I have no doubt she'll leave her own pawprint on your mother's heart! We need a dog....and I just haven't made the leap yet. This makes me want to! xoxo, Elizabeth

Flaviana said...

Suzanne!! I'm seriously ill with puppy love all the time and little Kate is beyond cute ,she's adorable!
She's a lucky pup because she found the perfect home and the most loving family
I love her too!!

Ticking and Toile said...

She is totally adorable!! Oh my goodness ~ I am so in love with her :) I especially love her big ol paws.....your parents must be thrilled :)

Did I read you are coming up this way? We should get together when you do, if not just for a quick bite or something or a stroll thru an awesome antique store....


koralee said...

What a sweet sweet story..I am so so happy your parents are ready for another wonderful dog in their lives. What a blessing and Joy! Thank you for sharing this heart- warming story today. xoxox

Beach House Living said...

Yes, I remember your post about Sasha a tissue in hand necessary. Your tribute was so lovely and it is clear Kate couldn't go to a better home. Her date of birth; it was meant to be.

Kate is a lucky canine companion.

Rene said...

Oh my goodness gracious, I can almost smell the puppy breath. What a cutie. I'm so happy for your parents.


The Zhush said...

Thinking I may have a case of puppy love now too! This was just so sweet and cute! :)

Barb said...

Hi Suzanne,

Kate is precious. I know Sasha is smiling down on her.
Your mom looks just smitten with her. I am feeling the puppy love.

big hugs,

Kathysue said...

Aaaaah KATE Is so cute what an adorable puppy. I have never seen a doberman puppy before. I can see why Mom has a case of Puppy Love. Hugs,Kathysue

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

OMG she is adorable!!! You all must be so much in love!

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Hi Suzanne; This post made me teary..Kate is so adorable as is your mom! Kate will bring much joy to your parents and help fill that heartache left when Sasha died. I was excited to read your folks live not far from Lake Oswego area. My Kate (daughter #1) lives in Portland as does my eldest son Matt. Son #2 may end up working in L.O. by summers end! Thanks for great comment about my Wild West post. I would love to see Lake Louise and Banff!
You'll have to keep us posted how Kate & your parents do.
Thanks for posting, so fun to see. xx

Deborah said...

Loved your post and love that puppy..what a little darlin'.
She'll bring much happiness and smiles....
coming from a gal who has 3 dogs and 2 puppies in her home..they bless our lives and bring something out of us that makes our lives the richer. :)


In friendship,
Deborah xo

Teresa said...

Be still my puppy...fur-ball...DOBERMAN loving heart!
Don't tell me KATE was born THE DAY Sasha past from the sweet arms of your parent's to the flowered fields in heaven!
Tell me this is not so!!!!
Oh how sweet!
How completely SWEET SWEET!
Hello There Miss Kate!
Doogan and I are delighted to meet you!
We can't wait to watch you grow!
Welcome to your wonderful WORLD!
Thanks for your sweet comment today Suzanne!
You are such a dear dear soul.
ANd I adore you!
ANd Doogan adores you too!
And I LOVE your music!

La Dolfina said...

What great news!!!
Kate is adorable. I'm so happy for your entire family... as she is sure to provide you with many years of unconditional love and tons of wonderful memories!!! Love the photo of your Mom with Kate. It says it all!
Much love,

Fearless Nester said...

Oh my goodness, I can see why it was love at first sight! Kate is so adorable and I am so thrilled for your Mom and Dad. I would take her birth date as a definite sign that it was meant to be. WOW! ~Lili

pollydove said...

Okay, with Sara Mclachlan singing Ordinary Miracle as I looked at these pictures, my eyes are welling up with tears.

There truly is something absolutely beautiful about the unconditional love of a dog.

What fabulous photos ... what a precious puppy!!!

She's lucky to be in your family, I can tell.

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Had to come back one more time to see her. She is such a darling. Please join FrenchGardenHouse for our 1st summer GIVEAWAY and to meet Connie. xo Lidy

Laura said...

that puppy had a very lucky day, the day he went home to your parents.
How wonderful Suzanne.
What great memories1

White Spray Paint

Zuzu said...

Litte Kate is such a sweetheart!!! Enjoy all that wonderful puppy lovin'!

lisaroyhandbags said...

oh hello sweet little Kate! she looks right at home on that couch and in your mom's arms. xx

Tarnished Rose said...

AAAWWWWW that's so cute! I just love dobbies. We had many while I was growing up.

Congratulations to your parents on a new member of their household.


hometown girl said...

what a beautiful puppy! how wonderful for your parents!! hope you are well and had a nice 4th! susan

KClark Photography said...

What a lucky girl. I'm missing my senior dog Jimmy that passed away almost a year ago.

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Kate is adorable. It looks like she has found a happy home. I wanted to thank you for following my blogs and leaving such nice comments. I enjoyed browsing through your blog and look forward to future posts as we get acquainted. Connie

traci said...

she is so sweet. i think it's perfect that she was born the same day their other dog died. meant to be. have fun with her.

Mara said...

Ohh she is really adorable! I'm happy for your parents: a dog can give a lot of love, but also your mom and dad need to love with all their heart another little puppy!


Alisa said...

Oh my word... too stinkin' cute! And those are some big paws!

Violet said...

Nothing heals a broken heart over losing a dog like getting a new puppy to love!!! We think we could never love another dog the way we loved that one (and wonder, would we even want to? to know we would one day feel that same loss?) and the answer is YES. Because I have gone through it, I know it is true. I would never have these amazing creatures in my life, had my previous dogs not passed away... and my love for them is now a sweet memory as I embrace my new sweet friends. And a rambunctious puppy certainly takes ones mind off of sorrow!!! To busy to grieve ~ oh how we forget how much work a puppy is! But well worth it. Wonderful love in a furry package. I am so happy for your mom and dad and their new baby!!!

~ Violet

Jeanneoli said...

So cute! I can't wait until we can find our perfect puppy!!!

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Dogs are truly the best! Love the the significance of their shared date...beautiful!!!

A Write Life said...

Welcome to Kate. How cute! Have a great day.

for the love of a house said...

Hi Suzanne! I'm finding so many connections here! Love little Kate, and love that she was born the day sweet Sasha crossed the bridge... it was meant to be! Little Kate looks a lot like our pound pup Ella!
We used to live in Portland, before Dallas, and now New Hampshire, and would visit Naomi's Lamp shop often! Have you been there?!
We adore Maine, and Kennebunkport and visit at least once a month!
My maiden name is "Wall"!

lots and lots of connections!

nice to meet you!

Beatnheart said...

What a beautiful, heart wrenching story...A lovely little dog. Those feet, those lips...

Farmgirl Paints said...

She is adorable. When we lost our Sidney I waited 2 months before getting another. NEVER AGAIN!! I swear the second I put my Fergie down I'm off to get a puppy. It completely heals the heart. Seriously it is salve for the soul. Great story:)