Kip and I had not planned to bring home a new puppy so soon after the loss of Caribou, but fate seemed to intervene and here we are with a new member of the family. No dog can ever replace Caribou, but God gives us room in our hearts to love again.
Raven was born one week before Caribou died and our vet informed us about the litter, letting us know that Raven’s parents were beautiful, healthy German Shepherds with great temperaments. We had not planned on visiting the pups until they were five weeks old, but on February 14th, the breeder contacted us and told us that if we were interested in a female pup we should come out the next day since only two were still available. February 15th would have been Caribou’s 11th birthday.
It felt like God was giving us a nudge.
We drove out that day and within 30 seconds of seeing her, I felt a tug on my heart-stings for this little runt of a pup with the black and silver markings. Here are photos we took on that fateful day (click to enlarge):
Raven at 3.5 weeks old – snuggling with me…
Raven at 3.5 weeks old – pink belly and so sleepy!
Pig pile – Raven’s siblings
Here are photos we took 2 weeks later:
Raven in Kip’s arms at 5 weeks old
Me and Raven (at 5 weeks old)
Raven’s mom (Kona) with one of Raven’s siblings
Here are Raven’s parents…Kona is mom (light colored) and Bandit is dad (dark colored):
I must admit to some bittersweet feelings today as I drove out to pick up Raven…Caribou was in my thoughts and I thought how much she would have loved this new little pup (Caribou loved puppies and was very gentle with them). But as I picked up Raven and held her, I felt my heart open with love for this tiny girl. I’m looking forward to watching her grow and become the special individual I know she will be. I’ll be posting more Raven photos and updates in the coming weeks! Here are some more photos taken today when we got home:
Outside exploring the yard
Moving all the time – busy, busy…
Me and Raven
And just in case you were wondering how I had time to post this…here is what Raven is doing RIGHT NOW:
Let’s hope she does a little more of this tonight!