Sadie started a spark in me. While she didn't "fit" well, mostly due to age..........The longer I watch Molly, the more I know time is running out. I'd like to deny it, but I do need to be realistic about it. The aspirin is helping with the pain.....but there are other issues and if she does well beyond a year, I'll be surprised. Personally, I think it hoovers that our furbabies don't live as long as we do. Sooooooooo. I've been looking. I'm picky. I know what I'm looking for and I won't accept less. Cuteness doesn't affect me. I've never yet adopted a pup simply because it was cute. All pups are cute in their own way. But a dog in my family isn't just a companion or someone to spoil rotten, it has a job, and that job is to protect me and mine as best it can.......even if that is just by being intimidating and barking their head off. I know the type of personality I want......and I know how to spot it in a pup. I've been looking but not overly anxious. In all honesty, before Sadie arrived..........well, let's just say I've been looking on and off for quite some time. Just not very seriously. But one never knows when the pup you're looking for will be found. Know what I mean?? Sadie, though, sort of slapped me across the face with Molly's health.........and I've been looking more seriously. I'd have loved to have had Sadie, but she was just too old to adjust to Molly being boss. I know I have to go much younger..........and I know that eventually any pup is going to question Molly's spot, but by the time that happens, she'll probably have passed or need to be put down. I'd like Molly to help me train the new pup, she does an excellent job. If I wait too long, that won't be possible. I had narrowed it down to 2 breeds, no they didn't have to be purebred, but I wanted something with those breeds because I know both of them fairly well. Which means I know what I'd be dealing with per exercise, training, ect. I'm a bit too old to go with an "unknown" factor. So I wanted another german shepard (although I actually preferred mixed) or a great pyranese (mixed or not). The search didn't seem promising. If I found pups, they were too old. I know many believe that pups shouldn't leave mom until around 12 wks.........but I'm old school and I want them as close to 6 wks as possible. I want to be Mom, boss, no doubt in their minds. I've had much better luck with this at younger than 12 wks. AND I've found house training to be much easier as is crate training. Until today. I've located a litter of great pyranese pups, both mom and dad are on the property. No papers. (not that I care, I'm not breeding) Seven weeks old. Re-homing fee isn't too bad. It will be a drive because I'll be going to kentucky. Tomorrow after Travis' disability eye appointment in cincy we're going down to check out the single female pup. This does NOT necessarily mean I'll adopt her. Like I said, I'm picky. So picky in fact that when the girls adopt a dog they take me along to help select it for personality. (although I told easy child I won't do it for her again until she has a fenced in yard and time to care for it) So if this baby girl doesn't quite have the personality and intelligence I"m looking for........we'll just head back home and I'll keep looking. I feel sort of bad because I had hoped it would work with Sadie. But it is what it is. I'm not overly thrilled with going through puppyhood again........but Molly is getting worse and I am running out of time. I know I'm not going to find another "Molly", just as I didn't find another "Holly"..........it's the personality type and intelligence level I'm looking for, not a clone. I'm actually surprised I found this litter. So we'll see what this baby girl has to offer. If I adopt her, I'll post pics as soon as I can get some.