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30 November 2008 @ 05:28 pm
New Addition to My Family  
After eight years of deliberation (didn't want to rush into anything, you know) I've made Trace, a Bernese Mountain Dog pup, a part of my family. He's 13 weeks old, I am completely smitten and we are bonding wonderfully.

There's a lot of stress in other parts of my life right now - changing database systems and web design at work, but most significantly, the admitance of my mother into hospice in early October.

Trace is proving a great stress reliever and I'm so glad to have him with me. You can a couple of other pics here: http://pics.livejournal.com/mary5958/gallery/0004rth5

I know I've been a terrible LJ'er lately, but i'd love to hear how everyone is doing. I hope you're all well.


caia: woven Lolathisficklemob on November 30th, 2008 11:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, he's adorable! I think I've seen a puppy like that before, but I didn't know what breed it was. He looks like a Gund stuffed animal. *pets* And he's gonna be a big dog, yes?

So sorry to hear about your mom. {{{hugs}}}
SpikesDebspikesdeb on November 30th, 2008 11:47 pm (UTC)
Oh my! He's just adorable :)
slaymesoftlyslaymesoftly on November 30th, 2008 11:47 pm (UTC)
OMG Adorable! He will be such a comfort to you. I promise. I'm so sorry to hear about your mother. As a very wise friend said to me many years ago when my father had a stroke "that's where we are in our lives now". Life happens and there's nothing we can do about it but go on. (Of course, I'm sure you already know that from past experience.) Enjoy your beautiful puppy. *hugs you tight*
Melissa: taradogappomattoxco on November 30th, 2008 11:49 pm (UTC)
Aww, he is adorible! You may have took awile to decide but once you did you didn't fool around that's going to be a lot of dog. I hear they are a breed with heart to match their size though.
louise39: Spike black shirt  louise39louise39 on November 30th, 2008 11:59 pm (UTC)
What a beautiful dog. Those eyes!! I'm sure he will bring you much joy and companionship.

Sorry to hear about your mother...:hugs:
Hobbit ukhobbituk on December 1st, 2008 12:01 am (UTC)
Oh, he is gorgeous... I know when I still had hobbitbeagle, one look from those eyes and I felt much better, no matter what happened to me. I'm glad you have him...
petzipellepingo: waving white rabbit by peaces_iconspetzipellepingo on December 1st, 2008 12:17 am (UTC)
Bernese Mountain Dogs are very nice dogs so congrats. And sorry to hear about your Mom.
ex_angstchi on December 1st, 2008 12:18 am (UTC)
Omg!! Puppy-face! *hugs* And I hope you are doing well.
zanthinegirl: coffeezanthinegirl on December 1st, 2008 12:18 am (UTC)
He's gorgeous! I've know a couple of burmese mountain dogs, and they were wonderful. Good choice!

So sorry about your mom. I've been down that path myself this year, and while hospice is wonderful it's so hard to watch.
Sandy: buffy wishing by inxsomniaxsandy_s on December 1st, 2008 01:01 am (UTC)
He is SO precious...who could resist those eyes? And pets are great stress relievers! I'm glad Trace is taking good care of you! *hugs*
teragrammteragramm on December 1st, 2008 01:05 am (UTC)
He is so beautiful!!! NO ONE ever greets you when you come home like a dog. Enjoy each other. Good luck!
my monkied brain: _dominokatekat1010 on December 1st, 2008 01:23 am (UTC)
Oh my, that is the cutest puppy ever!

And thanks for checking in lady - I was wondering how you were doing, so I'm glad you popped by to say hello. I hope the stress eases off (although I know it's never easy to make decisions regarding care for parents) and you get lots of puppy love.
Sylvike: rainbowviolinlovefishsanwitt on December 1st, 2008 01:45 am (UTC)
Trace is beautiful :)

::hugs:: for you - it's always difficult when our parents grow older.
Shadowlass: Homer dog hug by pouringiconsshadowlass on December 1st, 2008 01:56 am (UTC)
Ah, he's an absolute doll! I think he might want a kiss on the nose. Or the forehead. Or both. Dogs really are the best thing ever.

My mother was in hospice towards the end of her life, and I know it's hard--personally, I found it hard to adjust to them, both to their actual presence and what it indicated. But they provide really good, intensive, personalized care.

seapealshseapealsh on December 1st, 2008 02:09 am (UTC)
Trace is absolutely adorable.