Just when you are about to give up on a dream, the universe will smile upon you and show you the way. We had been searching for a furry addition to our family after our beloved sheltie, Lady, had passed two springs ago. She was with us for 13 wonderful years, even traveling with us in an RV on a whirl-wind family vacation through New England, when the kids were little. Her’s would be a big place to fill in our hearts.

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Our beloved sheltie Lady

Lady was a very special member of our family and we needed time to mourn, but we also needed to find the perfect fit for us. The future member would need to fold into our current family of 4 kids, Mon and Dad, a cat named Charlie, a love bird named Pepe, but most importantly our king charles cavalier spaniel, Allie. We thought that we might like the addition to be a golden-doodle like my grand-pup, Bizzo. He  is a very sweet and gentle young man and has often stayed with us. He even spent several months at the farm, when Dylan, after graduating from Florida State University, went to Australia for ten months to pursue his passion for rugby .

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My grand-puppy Bizzo

Once we made the decision as to what type of pup, we spent several months investigating and attempting to find a doodle rescue. Seems they are a beloved breed for many as they would go as fast as we’d spot them. Till one Friday night while watching TV with my husband and browsing the dog sites on the web, I came across a picture that was new. My interest was immediately peaked. The next morning I contacted the breeder and made arrangements for my daughter and I to drive out to meet this little ball of fur. She was one of two born in a litter and her brother had just found a new home too.

This is the picture that launched a thousand smiles

Once we arrived and met her, needless to say we were instantly in love and there was no way we were heading home without her. So we agreed to take her, finished all the paperwork and headed home, anxious to see how Allie would feel about her new “little” sister. The puppy was a trooper on the ride home, no fussing, no crying, she just curled up in my daughter’s lap.

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As my daughter says, our “little nugget”

Once we arrived home we introduced the two pups. We knew she would be a good fit when she and Allie began to play and run around the yard. Allie has even tolerated the puppy chewing on her ears and pulling her by the tail. Everyone’s hearts were full that day.

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Sydney and Allie’s first hellos

I guess the lessons to this story are, that although a beloved friend will never be replaced, the heart  has the capacity to grow and be filled with more love. Patience would be another lesson, something that I am constantly being reminded of. With patience the universe will present the right opportunities to you. Despite the fact that we couldn’t agree on a name for three weeks, Sydney is now officially part of the Hamilton clan. She brings us daily reminders to slow down, play, smile and enjoy the little things in life.

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