Sweet puppy was perfect for our home. We loved her very much and was so devistated when she died just a few weeks ago. I had a hard choice to make. School is out the end of May and difficult child will be 15 years old in September with dreams of driving and a job to fullfill. In light of this, I have decided that even though it may seem too soon to do so, we will be getting another puppy when school is out. I want difficult child to have a puppy to work with this summer and most importantly, I want the puppy to be older and settled into our home BEFORE difficult child gets busy with drivers ed and/or a job. To ease any doubt, drivers ed and a job will NOT take difficult child's attention away from puppy. He will still find lots of time to be with her - he is that kind of a kid. (otherwise I wouldn't be doing this) I found out that sweet puppy's parents had babies the middle of March who will be looking for homes after the middle of May. I would like to wait until the first week in June when difficult child is out of school but will need to bring the puppy home when she is ready. It will be a hard few weeks until difficult child is able to step in all day to help but we will make it work. And who knows, Spring flooding may prevent us from picking her up before the end of May! We are excited that this will be Sweet Puppy's baby sister. Easier to receive her as an extension to the family - not a replacement! A co-worker stated her fiance' is willing to come work one on one with difficult child to train the new puppy. They agree that it is good for difficult child to enjoy working with the puppy. The trainer at the dog class had gruffly told difficult child, "This is not a game" because difficult child was so patient and was enjoying the class. The trainer did not know difficult child's heart and willingness to work so faithfully on this, something not every kid has such a deep interest in doing. difficult child was very dedicated to learning how to train her. He and sweet puppy had attended one dog training class and they were faithfully doing daily homework assignments from that class even though difficult child didn't understand the purpose of the task. If you could have seen difficult child working with sweet puppy, you would know that he NEEDS a dog. Sweet puppy taught us a lot and we are excited to share what we learned with her sister. difficult child cried for two days and is handling his mourning so maturely. He admits that he knows he will not hurt so deeply and instensly for forever and will always remember her. Today I had a doctors appointment. Being I had a physical a few weeks ago, difficult child is questioning what is wrong. So as not to get into the details, I told difficult child that it was just normal female stuff, nothing to worry about, just something that may have to be done. I told him that one of the options would have me off of work for 6 weeks. He answered that it would be perfect if I could have it when the puppy came so that I could be home 24/7 to take care of the puppy for 6 weeks. NOT GONNA HAPPEN!!!! (yes, I would wait until puppy is much older and can come up with a schedule that she will be take care of) Fortunately as of now there is no hurry for me - just in the early planning stage of gathering info on what my options are so I can make a plan and be prepared when/if that plan needs to be implemented. Isn't it fun to be a girl? LOL!