Sebastian, my dear heart, is now warming others’.

I had the whole story all written out with hilarity and drama, but I chucked it all. There are certain puppies that I can’t be flippant about. Clue’s last son, the shining light of her last litter, is now in a wonderful – WONDERFUL – new home. They adore him, he adores them, I’ll get to see him often. I didn’t “need” him; I have access to a rather large bunch of puppies should they eventually meet the needs of our breeding program. He had some faults that meant he probably wouldn’t be the top choice for breeding anyway. But man, I WANTED to keep this puppy.

Doug and I made a decision a long time ago that puppies must never displace older dogs. So when we’re at our personal adult-dog limit or close to it, we don’t give ourselves the luxury of keeping babies. That is absolutely my least favorite and – I think – most important rule as I’ve bred dogs.

So, Sebastian, thank you for leaving so I never have to worry that I’m not taking good enough care of your mom or your aunties. Thank you for moving so effortlessly into your new place. Thank you for being one of the last to leave, so I had a few more weeks of you sleeping on my feet and playing with the cat and looking at me with those peaceful eyes. We love the dickens out of you, and that’s the truth.

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  • Reply Julie December 8, 2011 at 9:16 am

    HOORAY!! I am so happy you managed to find the perfect home for Sebastian. I know it must be hard to let the extra-special-shiny-stars go.

  • Reply Ron December 8, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    I am glad he found a worthy home. Relieved, too, that I am saved the ordeal of pleading with my wife that I want this puppy for Christmas and I am going to hold my breath until I die or until you let me have him.

    So, just Quince now?

  • Reply Sarah December 8, 2011 at 9:44 pm


    I would have loved trying to convince you to let me have the little guy (and I still bet he’d make a GREAT nose work pup!) but I am so glad he’s in a close and fantastic home. 🙂

  • Reply Leila December 12, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    I am incredibly happy about this.

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