Sunday, June 9, 2013

Kismet, Serendipity, Fate...

Does it matter what we call it?

Towards the end of April I received an email from JoDee with a picture of a minutes-old puppy. I had no idea there was a litter coming. JoDee and I had been talking frequently about Dyna but she had never mentioned it. So I called to find out what's up.

It seems she had bred Keeper, Dyna's great-great-granddaughter, with Sarge, Dyna's great-grandson but thought it didn't "take." I know a lot about dogs but not about the breeding of them and I didn't ask for details. A week or so earlier JoDee thought Keeper was putting on some weight and low and behold she was - puppies. So now there were 3 adorable puppies with a piece of Dyna on both sides.

Three weeks later our precious Dyna crossed over to become queen of that huge dog park with never ending bowls of meat (her favorite) and cool breezes (also her favorite). We were left with a big hole in our heart and down an important crew member.

So one day JoDee said, "I don't want to push you but I want you to know I'll keep the yellow female for you if you want." Those of us who have had the privilege of loving many dogs know one can never replace another. But we also know that the love we have to share grows with each one. I knew I could love another puppy. In the past, Jeff has taken longer.

So I waited a few days until we had finished dinner and were relaxing over a glass of wine and I mentioned my conversation with JoDee. Jeff responded with tears in his eyes, "I discussed it with Dyna her last night. I already have a name."

The picture above is from the "puppy cam" that JoDee setup for us. We can watch from our cell phones and many times a day one of us says, "Time to check on the puppies!"

So we leave early Wednesday morning to drive to Lucerne Veterinary Hospital, home of the two best vets in the entire world, where the puppies will receive their final wellness check. We have a folding crate and puppy food and chew toys being delivered to our house in Maine. A few days there and then back to the boat to continue our new adventure.

Don't tell Dylan. It's a surprise birthday gift. And I think he'll be pretty surprised...

6 comments:

Jim B said...

Sharing tears of joy.

Pam and Dave said...

Where's the "like" button.

I'd never owned a dog until Ruby and Chevy. We're inseparable. I honestly don't know how I'll take one passing on. Hopefully, I'll go first.

Summer Wind said...

Beautiful!! Hmmmm well technically Dylan is 'still at least top dog'..or rule of the roost. We're sure Keeper will have her little puppy paws wrapped around Dylan's heart ; )

Stephanie said...

So happy for you! What a hoot that'll be!

Karen said...

I was hoping and wishing you guys would get to this point and take on a new crew member. How exciting and special that the blood lines continue. Have fun and hopefully not too many sleepless nights.

Ken Tischler said...

That is so awesome! Congratulations! Paula and I are looking forward to watching the new pup grow up aboard.