The parents; father (brown), mother (black).
The Extended Family
I had thought that it would be at least February 2021 before we got a new dog to replace the much beloved ‘Maya’.
Well, the 14-year old had other ideas.
I paid a HEFTY deposit for this puppy today. SMILE.
It is a Newfoundland.
Never had one before. I like big dogs. Big dogs don’t bother me. I need a BIG dog to go on my long, rambling walks.
This dog is in Iowa, 1,250-miles away!
No, we are NOT having it shipped. We are going to go pick her up & drive her back … slowly.
She won’t be ready for another 2-weeks. 9-weeks.
Yes, you should be seeing a lot of her. SMILE.
We do NOT have a name for it — yet. SMILE.
I Was Totally Clueless As To How Pervasive & Problematic ‘Puppy Mills’ Have Become In ‘Amish’ PA & OH.
Of course I had heard of ‘puppy mills’ & knew of their existence. But, until a few days ago I had NO IDEA how widespread they were & what a serious problem they represent.
Yes, with the sad passing of ‘Maya’ we were on the market for a new dog. Though we, i.e., the adults, wanted to wait a few weeks (i.e., at least till February), not so with the kids — especially the 14-year old.
‘Maya’ was our BIG dog & I wanted another BIG dog. I like BIG dogs & have had BIG dogs, without break, for the last 30+ years.
We, or at least the 14-year old & I, talked ourselves out of another ‘Golden‘. We had had enough Goldens over the years. Wanted something different.
So, we started looking at ‘Bernese Mountain Dogs‘, “St. Bernard’s” & ‘Newfoundlands‘.
All the puppies we could find were in Pennsylvania or Ohio. That is when we started doing some research.
We nearly got burned yesterday. A lady I spoke to, in PA, was actually in the ‘Horrible Hundred’ list! YIKES.
As I keep of telling you, I always Google people before I start dealing with them. BINGO.
So, just giving you a heads up.
It has become a business. Dogs as livestock & some will argue that that is what they are.
But, I just wanted to give YOU a head’s up.