We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Precious. We had one litter of french brittanies a couple years back. The wife was cooking noodles, chicken, livers, you name it, for momma dog. It was a pretty big emotional investment caring for them through seven weeks even though we made a determined effort not to get attached to any of the pups.
The only names we gave them were the order they came out in; nos. 1 through 3. Didn't pet them until they came out of the pet carrier the mom preferred as their nursery, which if I'm recalling correctly, was around 4-5 weeks. Already had homes for each of them on day #49, so we knew they weren't going to be around long and there was only a 2-3 week period where they were actually getting out from the pet carrier.
I'd told the purchasers if they ever had a problem where they couldn't keep a pup, then they had to bring it back to me. A little female (which I thought was the cutest to begin with) couldn't get along with one of the purchaser's boston terriers so she lives with us now. Absolute joy in life.
We have had just 4 dogs in the last 45 years, all mutts until this last one which is a German Shepherd. A more family oriented dog I have never seen, to the point that he has no tolerance for other dogs of any kind. Hopefully this guy will have the longevity of our previous dogs but when the sad day comes you will have a hard time getting us to replace him with anything other than another Shepherd.