I didn't want to switch gears too quickly in a thread that can be really fun and happy or really sad... but I've been meaning to share for a week or two.
After what was honestly a pretty awful year or so leading up to and going through the aftermath of losing both dogs, we waited about 6 months and got a new one in December. We knew we wanted another Boston, so we spent a lot of time looking at breeders and pet rescues and all that kind of stuff and eventually found someone we really liked and trusted and got on their waiting list. As much as I love the idea of rescuing one, I decided that I wanted as young a dog as possible to put as much time between what we just went through and the day we'll have to do it again.
So the breeder called us in late November and said they'd had a litter... we got our pick of a couple and chose this one based on her markings and flat little face. Our last two were Dante and Emerson after Dante Alighieri and Ralph Waldo Emerson, so we stuck with the literary theme and named our new girl Poe after Edgar Allan Poe (Star Wars tie-in is a bonus).
She's a total riot, has perfect breed standard markings, and is amazingly smart and well behaved for not even being four months old yet. She sits, stays, is pad trained... she already fetches... she sleeps through the night, almost never whines... I'm really impressed with her. I could post 500 photos and videos, but to avoid boring everyone, here's three. It was 60 degrees here on Saturday, so we got to open the window and even go outside for basically the first time in her life: