New Puppy in the Family

Our daughter and family brought their new sheepadoodle home yesterday. Is she cute or WHAT??!!

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Here’s Grandpa cuddling Tessa:

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Everyone is delighted with this  quiet new family member – most of the time, she’s content to be held. But when we were outdoors, our neighbor’s dog barked, so Tessa uttered her first bark, too.

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The perfect amount of white accentuates her face and all four paws, and she skips like the little lambs I recall from my childhood.

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Her soft, wooly fur invites a hug. and reminds me how much comfort my heroine Addie found in Old Brown, the farm dog she petted and talked to when she was feeling down.

I just returned from a writing workshop in Cedar Falls, Iowa, which re-taught me that new friends make a huge difference in our lives.

And Old Brown made a difference for Addie, as little Tessa already has for her new family.

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