Friday, August 13, 2010

Never Say Never

Sasha is our last dog.
~ My dad

I'll never survive another
{Doberman} puppy.
~ My mom

Never say never.

Two-thirds angel....
One-third {mischievous} devil....

One-hundred percent love.

When you walk
with a puppy
on the beach
you are an
instant celebrity....

movie star

rock star

star athlete

May I pet her?

Yes, of course!

How old is she?

Thirteen weeks.

Is she a Doberman?

Yes, she is.

What's her name?


Where did you
get her?

She's from here.

Are you going
to crop her ears?

No, never!

Proving that
you can
teach an old
dog new tricks,
Sasha was not
my parent's
last dog.

But they
will always
miss her.

Sasha taught 
them to keep
their hearts open...

And that 
never dies.

And so far
Mom is
surviving another
Dobie puppyhood...
Her hands have
the teething marks
to prove it!

Because puppyhood,
so fleeting,
so full of
joyful moments
is also

....teeth marks
and all!

Love from
the Oregon Coast
and wet puppy kisses
from Kate.

All images P&H with
special assistance
from my son on #2 & #19.


cityfarmer said...

I know a rotie named sasha ...

such a beautiful name for an adorable friend ...
you paint the picture so perfectly

up early eh??

Rebecca said...

This is precious. that you so much for the photos and for sharing with us all!

We have a 4lb Yorkie who is totally high maintenance but I wouldn't take her any other way.

We found out the day we had her fixed (after her surgery) that our Miss Mollie had cysts on her ovaries and would surely have not survived had we not taken her in for her surgery. Our vet said the cysts would have eventually burst and she'd have been in pain but no sign of infection would have been noted until it was 'too late'.

We need to have all those pet-babies we love spayed and neutered!

Not sure why...but your post made me tear up at this early hour. Pets are God's precious gift to us all.

Love to you this day~and to Miss Kate!


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

There is something divine about animals....their character tells a silent story behind all that cuteness and unconditional love....there is something eternal about the lessons they teach us, non? But of course, we have to be still enough to listen....beautiful photos, stunning story dearest one! ENJOY THE REST OF THIS INCREDIBLE SUMMER! Anita

I Love Pretty Little Things said...

Ohhhh, she is too, too cute! And, I am so glad that they aren't going to crop her ears. Those ears are Pure Character!
This story scares me a little though- I just have to be honest about that- because, I have said over and over again that our dog, Junie, is our last dog. Scary! :)

Have a fun-filled weekend!

I Love Pretty Little Things said...

Ohhhh, she is too, too cute! And, I am so glad that they aren't going to crop her ears. Those ears are Pure Character!
This story scares me a little though- I just have to be honest about that- because, I have said over and over again that our dog, Junie, is our last dog. Scary! :)

Have a fun-filled weekend!

Anonymous said...

Well, I think everyone in Bloggyland knows that my heart has a special place for pups. The big kind. The rottweiler kind. Oh how I remember the puppyhood days filled with laughter, high energy and a bit of frustration as well. Once you have dog there's no forgetting him/her. I'm very happy for your parents as I know they are having a ball with their precious new Kate. This post totally made me smile this morning.

Happy Friday my dear!


LuLu said...

awwww Puppy LOVE! Kate is darling and what a blessing to your parents!!! My parent's just left after a month with me and fell in love with my dog Lily... now they are whispering to each other should they get a dog... i say YES they are such a blessing {puppy hood and all} they asked if I'd do the puppy stage then send it to them heeeheee
happy Friday :)

Rene said...

Oh you have me crying again. Such a sweet post. I'm glad that your parents decided to go it again. Dogs bring such joy.


Anonymous said...

Fun post and such cute pictures!
I don't know if I could survive another dog ... thoughts of "let's get the boys a dog for Christmas..." creep into my brain and I remember it was all fun until I was the one to do all the work! We always managed to get the most high maintenance/biggest/loudest/most shedding dogs in the world! :)

traci said...

puppies are the best. she has the cutest floppy ears. karlie and dusty's new puppies have big floppy ears to. love them.

hometown girl said...

how sweet! i too am a fan of the floppy ears! love all your photos so cute! have a great weekend!! xo susan

Rozmeen said...

Lovely pictures and she is sooo beautiful. You write so passionate about her... Loved to read this cute and lovefull post!

Hugs to you my friend and have a great weekend.
xx Rozmeen

Anonymous said...

Such a wonderful story - how love shows us we always have room for more!

Wishing you a very happy weekend,

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I have to say that I find dobie's without altered ears much more adorable and approachable.

What a lucky dog to have been adopted into such a wonderful family.

lisaroyhandbags said...

ahhh.... Kate is a sweetie! So glad they've found more love to share! There's nothing like puppy love xx

hope you're having a lovely vacation! : )

Julie said...

I will just say this. I AGREE!!!
And are right. NEVER say never....
and I (heart) dogs...
She is adorable. I know your parents are treasuring her in their lives and daily routine, and cherishing her in their hearts where they still miss Sasha...
Awesome post. Thanks for sharing the wonderful words and the photos. One of my favorites!!!
Hugs to you . Hope you have had a great time going home....

Olive Cooper said...

Oh goody, I am so glad they got Kate. She will be such a blessing to them. big hugs to you darling Suzanne♥olive

Deborah said...

soooo sweet!
What a darling..
and I totally agree..pets bring out something in us from the depths of our hearts...
Looks like you're all having a great time together!
Bless you Suzanne and may every moment be something to savour...
Family-time is so precious.
I love your post!!!!
Thanks for keeping us updated on your trip... :)

In friendship,
Deborah xoxo

Ticking and Toile said...

what an adorable pup! Are you bringing her for high tea? ;)

Can't wait to meet ~ love all of your posts!


pollydove said...

This post is precious, and I'm in love with that puppy! What a fun, sweet little story ... xo

Ms. Bake-it said...

Kate is adorable! Fabulous photos. I am happy to hear that your parents are not going to crop Kate's ears. From what I can see, it looks like she is going to be a good size when she grows into her feet!

Thank you for sharing the newest family member with us today!

~ Tracy

Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

Kate is beautiful. Dogs are such wonderful beings. So glad your folks have her, and she, them!

Jeanie said...

Looks like you are having a wonderful holiday! And what great pix. Aren't out animal companions just the best?

Loving the music on your blog -- it sounds familiar but I can't recall it. What is it?

Glad to be checking in again -- been on vacation -- and you know how that is!

Robyn said...

Kate is a SUPER-MODEL! Truly a lovely girl! I grew up with a doberman and she was SO INCREDIBLY smart we had to spell certain words around her. One near Christmas time, we came home to a very happy girl. she had UNWRAPPED all of her presents!

Princess and the Pea said...

She's gorgeous. Look at the size of those feet... she's going to be one big girl!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

How cute!! Dogs can bring so much joy and love into your home, so glad you have her, just gorgeous!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Indie.Tea said...

Awww, she's so cute...and I'm happy you guys aren't cropping her ears (or tail I presume)...She looks like a bundle of joy.

Erin Mckalip said...

My mom is the breeder/owner of Winter Ridge Dobermans where Kate is from. I got to play with her just before your parents picked her up. She is such a sweet dog and so cute. She looks like she is loving life! Glad to see she has such a wonderful home!
Wonderful blog!
All the best,
Erin Hoffman Mckalip

Farmgirl Paints said...

She is just adorable. I'm glad they got another. I don't think I could go a minute without a dog in my house. They just make it a home:) Looks like you are having a ball.

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Love that that you love dogs! And, puppies are the best for all the reasons you sweetly stated...yes, even when they chew your stuff up!!

FrenchGardenHouse said...

What a darling puppy! You are right, never say never. When our beloved Beau goes to dog heaven, it's another little puppy that will hopefully take his place. happy weekend, friend! xo Lidy

Fearless Nester said...

Tis true, a puppy (and a full grown doggie too) always seems to capture everyone's attention when you're out and about with them. I'm so happy your parents are enjoying that precious little bundle of happiness, known as Kate! For now, we have made ourselves content to just enjoy OPDs (other people's dogs). Yep, we came up with that acronym too! Love all those pictures Suzanne, makes me just want to cuddle with that sweet thing! ~Lili

Amy Arnaz said...

I love your story about the doberman puppy. I did the same thing...said never...then ate my words.
Amy Arnaz

Low Tide High Style said...

Love it!! We all need puppy kisses in our lives, so glad they opened their hearts to dear Kate! LOVE the song too!

Kat :)

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

She is absolutely precious!
A home just isn't a home without an animal. It's tough when you lose the, but they are so worth it.

As a Husky mama, I have to know whose Husky that is in the last photo!


Debra@Common Ground said...

I'm so glad your parents decided to give in to puppy love once again. That little footprint just says it all!

T's Daily Treasures said...

Dogs truly are man's best friend! Two loves of my life -- Toni (whom I had from the age of 2 until 17) and Scooter, a wire-haired fox terrier that, with a broken heart, I sent to a friend in Dallas when I came to Kuwait. I had him for 3 years and my friend for 12 before he died. I still keep framed pictures of them both. :) Such a lovely post and beautiful pictures. Best wishes, Tammy

Teacup Mosaics said...

I too said the very words your mother said and well...
we have a new addition, giving puppy kisses all the way.
Kate is one cute dobie, we lost our doberperson early this spring and he is dearly missed.
Love to Kate and tell her to keep her nose away from those coffee cups.
Happy puppydom to your folks.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

OH MY are missing out on a very WET and HOT patch here in our lovely state! But, the good thing is that is rains at NIGHT and the days are gorgeous, but STEAMY!!!! Creamsicles are in order! ENJOY YOUR TIME, and yes, next tea date, it will be cooler, I HOPE! BISOUS, Anita

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Oh Suzanne and isn't the puppy breath wonderful too?? My daughter just brought home a stray that is chewing the house down ... sigh... puppyhood is as challenging as it is rewarding. Best wishes for a wonderful weekend!

sherry said...

I LOVE puppies! Her is my not go looking at new cars or puppies...cause you are gonna come home with one :)

paige said...

what a precious puppy!!
we are dog lovers here too...they truly make a family!!i love how you told this story

Dovecote Decor said...

Thank you for your visit in the wee hours of the morning! I'm glad you like Pooh, Jane Austin and The Secret Garden! I kept my daughter's NYC puppy for a year--she wasn't ready for the big apple. Now she is an Upper East Side girl, and I will say it is a social event!

Linda in AZ * said...

*** That's about T*H*E SWEETEST thing E*V*E*R, girlfriend!!! What a JOY to read!!!......

Our 7 year old (MUCH-LOVED n' PRETTY SPOILED) huntin' dawg is getting a SISTER in January, & we are going thru EVERYTHING you wrote about here today~~~~ (Ohhhhh the aggravations to come, BUUUUT ohhhhh, the unending LOVE N' JOY N' LAUGHTER to come, too!!!!!)......

This was "spot on" AND beautiful!!!

Warmest blessings to ALL, and "licks" from our Belle-girl to your precious SASHA!!!

Linda in AZ *

koralee said...

Love this post today...we still miss our Rosie girl. Slowly we are talking of another pup..very slowly.
Hugs for a happy weekend. xoxox

bBchronicles said...

"NEVER SAY NEVER ! ! ! ! ! " THIS makes my heart happy!!!!!

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

Absolutely nothing better than sweet puppy kisses. And bloggers that can write so very beautifully.

I Love Pretty Little Things said...

Hello! Thanks for stopping by my blog. And, I really, really hope that you will join us for Friday Pretties!

I also hope that you will show your 80's wedding pictures in September. It was so much fun revisiting that time- if not humbling. Ha ha

Enjoy the rest of your weekend,

Beach House Living said...

I recall how heartbroken your family was at the loss of Sasha. Kate may never fill the void but, in her own way appears to have melted many a heart.

Blooming Rose Musings said...

What a sweet and happy post. Kate is precious and bless your parents for welcoming her into their home. A pet really does make a home more loving. Thank you for showing the wonderful pictures and pulling it all together with your beautiful words.
It's always so good to know another animal lover.

Sweet as June said...

Tears to my eyes... I love animals... you have a beautiful way with words. Thanks for stopping by my blog. ; )

Anne said...

How sweet! Puppies are joy embodied. I hope you enjoy your trip. When you get a chance, please drop by and see me. I have a little something for you:)

The Zhush said...

PUPPIES! So sweet, your parents sound great...and I be they just adore this blog as well!

pretty pink tulips said...

Kate is just precious!!! Sounds like you all have had the best visit with your family. Love that paw print - it left an imprint on my heart!!!

Safe travels home, Suzanne....xoxo Elizabeth

Lisa said...

The sweetest post I have read all day long....thank you and congratulations on the new addition!

Jo said...

Oh my goodness ~ such a cutie! You're so right about never saying never.

I had the best giggle and biggest smile when I read your comment. You are just too sweet! Let me know the next time you're on the east coast ... must meet ;)


Jen said...

Beautifully written! Rock star yes...anywhere with a puppy!
Hope the puppy training goes well! Lots of love in store. Kate is gorgeous!

Kathysue said...

Aaaah, she is so sweet, good for Mom and Dad!!! Happy week sweet friend,Kathysue

Beatnheart said...

Thanks so much for your visit and comment. I’m so happy for your family’s new pup. JOy in the House!!

Anne Marie said...

my husband grew up with dobermans Holly, and funny story: the first time he invited me over, he failed to tell me this, so i get out of my car, and here comes my first encounter with a doberman, and she starts circling me, barking...I'm freaking out! and my husband's dad opened the door and actually laughed at the situation, but that's just because Molly wouldn't hurt a flea! she was the best dog!!! we couldn't find any around here, and that's when we found our sweet Bella.....

cute picts! and you are right about the celebrity thing - funny!!

Anne Marie

North of 25A said...

Puppies = happiness! Ours or someone elses. Welcome Kate!