I'm super duper excited to announce that we've decided that we're ready for a puppy! We've been eye-balling a Saint Bernard breeder in central Illinois for a few months now, and I've stayed in close contact with her. She has a confirmed litter that is expected on March 26. The male sometimes "has a hard time getting the job done, not for lack of trying". My first thought was great, a dog with fertility issues, just what we need. But date night was apparently a success. We were the first put down our deposit, so we'll get pick of the litter. The mommy, Bari, is a rough coat, aka long coat (like my Greta was), but the daddy, Quido, is a smooth coat, aka short coat, think fur like a lab but Saint colorings/markings. We'll just have to see who catches our hearts. So, we'll have a new fur baby at the end of May. Gabriella and Benjamin will be almost a year, so they'll have a furry friend to grow up with, side-by-side.
I'm so happy. I really am. But I'd be lying if I said that memories of Greta weren't weighing heavily on my heart in the last few weeks. There aren't too many things that I wouldn't give up to have her back, healthy of course. It's just kind of bittersweet right now - I'm happy to be getting a puppy soon, but I just wish we weren't "in the market" for one. Here's the link for the breeder.