We had loved our golden, so Steve started searching for golden puppies. I was more reluctant. I had loved Seuss dearly, but goldens are very large and very energetic and are known for their extended adolescence (meaning they don't act adult until they're about 3 and never really stop being clowns). That sounded like a lot of work and patience. Steve searched the internet and went to dog shows and just couldn't find anything. Every dog he found was either ridiculously expensive or coming from a breeder that also had seven other breeds of puppies for sale (if you're also selling lhasa apsos do you really know about goldens?). One night he was searching the web when I heard him say, "Now those are some cute puppies!" I asked what kind. He replied "Collies." We looked at each other and went hmmmm..... Collies are a little smaller and a lot calmer than goldens. They're great with kids. Easily trained. And these pups were at a good breeder an hour from our house. We knew then and there that our new dog was a collie. Steve called the breeder and they were happy to talk with us. They had a new litter of pups that would be ready around the first of June, an ideal time schedule for us. Katherine, of course, was over the moon with the idea of a puppy. When we showed Rachel pictures of the breeder's dogs on the internet she asked "Where's the kitties?"
Today we went to visit our future puppy. There were five pups, all 4 weeks old and all adorable.
Steve found one cuddler and was happy to just snuggle.
And Katherine? Well, she asked if we could take them all! She was one happy girl.