Well, I did it. For some time now I have been thinking about bringing on an apprentice for Emma. She's eight-and-a-half now and it's time to do that. But I was happy with two dogs and not particularly thrilled with the thoughts of the first three or four years with a new pup which can be super-trying, as most of us know.
But then an unplanned opportunity arose that jolted me out of my complacency. And so Jack came to live with us today. He's a spunky little monkey, completely unafraid of the other dogs and very friendly, confident, and outgoing.
Also— I just want to mention how much the comments on my Murphy post meant to me. Dogs and dog-people are special and we seem to have deep reservoirs of fellow feeling about our four-legged friends and the joy and pain they bring to our lives. I don't think I could ever trust a person who didn't at least "like" dogs. Thanks, everybody. Jack says "Hi!"