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No puppies for Christmas!

It’s so sad!!! Of course, we still have Coco and Quinn around (last years litter), and Hannibal is showing in the southeastern US, so it’s not exactly like we’re dog free.

Puppies at Four Weeks

OK—I’m a slacker. No puppy pictures for a few weeks! The bottom line is that over the years  I’ve gone from obsessively photographing puppies to obsessively playing with them. I know that many of you look for the photos, but it’s just a heck of a lot more fun to dive into a box full of fourteen puppies.

They were without Jen this weekend. Surprisingly, everyone survived! They’re big, beautiful, bold, and a lot of fun to play with. Teeth—fully in. They’re working on solid kibble as well as the wonderful kibble/goats milk mash that we make (Indy should be happy he’s a boy and not getting milked twice a day). Monroe is nearly done with nursing (I think). She’ll go into the box for a few minutes and stand nurse, but it’s got to be getting tough on her.

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Puppies at Christmas Part II

It’s been a while since I’ve written. Not because there’s not been plenty of interesting things to write about, but life has just gotten really busy. Work is nuts (#Abbvie!), but in a really great way. Kids are almost all grown up, which makes me wonder where the hell my life has gone. And then, there is the wonderful grounding constant—puppies!

Monroe (out of Cami x Spike) was bred to Stewie a couple months ago. She was due today, but she decided to have a litter last Friday instead. And no wonder—there were 14 big, beautiful puppies inside. Weights ranged from 13+ oz to nearly 18 oz. 8 liver, 6 black. 9 females, 5 males. Everyone is doing fantastic (well, at least the canine contingent). We’d love to say that we’re all ready for Christmas, but that would not be entirely factual. What we are very happy about is the pups are beautiful, healthy, and mom is doing a fantastic job taking care of them.

Here are some quick snaps. Enjoy!

Storms

Just a couple photos from a big lightning storm from a few days ago. This rolled through just as the sun was setting.

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Where does the time go?

You’re holding your babies rocking in hammocks, playing legos—and suddenly, you’re taking them out for drinks on their 21st birthday (Grace) or getting reading to celebrate a quarter century (Max). 

Grace and Noah at Shakou for dinner on Thursday. We had a blast—missing Mom a bit, but she’s having a (semi-fridgid) blast in Brisbane.

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On Wisconsin

Bo Ryan and the Badgers. Wow. What a terrific game against Kentucky. Or so I was told—Easter Vigil was scheduled right against the second semifinal game featuring Kentucky and Wisconsin. Come on people: who does this to a bunch of basketball starved Badger fans? Thankfully, the crew survived their game against Kentucky, and we finished the service with about 30 seconds left in the game, so that we streamed that last half minute to an anxious congregation who loves Jesus MORE than Wisconsin basketball. I tease about that last part.

So now, the team is on to play Duke for the championship. I believe that Wisconsin has already set a record in the modern-day tourney in that they’ve gone to the finals playing the top seed that they possibly could meet (in essence, their path has held true to the bracket with no upsets). I love this for Wisconsin and coach Ryan. These kids are mainly local talent, coached by a guy who has four national titles in his resume (Div III UW-Platteville) as well as two undefeated seasons. Coached in a way that’s much different then Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, and many of the top programs work. Working hard in a system for three, four, or five years. Learning how to play defense. Learning how to handle the ball regardless of size (I could have used that in high school…). Ditto on the ability to shoot threes. With players that have a great time with one another, who crush on stenographers, and who are just great athletes and better teammates. With a hall of fame coach who will get there eventually. And hey—who looks like the mascot of the team he coaches.

On Wisconsin. Regardless of the outcome tonight, you’ve made a state (and one could argue a country) very proud. Seal the deal tonight.

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