Monday, January 9, 2012

{Bundle of Hope} Our New Furry Addition

The cutest little white fur ball arrived at our house last night. Santa may have a been a few weeks late with my Christmas Wish, but I'll forgive him. 


Our family has been searching for a new puppy recently, afterthe loss of our girl Shasta this past summer.  My mom found a breed of golden retrievers called English Cream Goldens and she immediately knew that is what we wanted! Each morning over Christmas break, we would be on her iPad searching for breeders who bred English Cream Golden pups to see if we could find one to fit our family.  We found a great breeder in Arizona and connected right from the start.  We thought we were going to have to wait until February to get a little puppy, but God had other plans! The breeder called us to tell us that the pick of their last litter {and the pup everyone wanted/thought was so cute!} was sadly returned to her because the original owner had a medical problem and couldn't handle a dog at the moment.  My mom knew this was our dog, so we gladly claimed the sweet girl. Our family couldn't wait to welcome her home. Here she is with her brother's and sister's at just 6 weeks old:


{she's the middle one with her head up}


 So without further adieu...




Meet our newest addition, Hope
She truly represents hope to our family, considering the loss of Shasta was so tough. No one can prepare you for losing an animal you love, but the memories of Shasta and the thought of getting a new puppy is what got us through.  My mom is going to train Hope to be a pet therapy dog, in order to go into hospitals, care centers and old folks' homes.  Animals, especially beautiful dogs, can bring so much joy {and hope!} to the patients.




I can't wait to go home to California next weekend to meet Hope! She already told me via Skype that her favorite color is lavender, so I'm sure we'll hit it off :)


We happen to think our little girl is the cutest pup we've ever seen and we're SO blessed to have her!


Have a wonderful Monday filled with lots of joy!
Love,
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72 comments:

  1. Yay for your new puppy! Hope is adorable, makes me want to get another pup! Love her name and she is lucky to have you as a Mama!

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  2. I almost welled up and cried reading this. I am SO happy for you and your family Michaela!!! Of course Shasta may be gone, but never forgotten either. God Bless you and your family and little "Hope"! What a great name!!!!

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  3. oh she is adorable!!!!!! i am so happy for you and your family! she will certainly bring much love, and keep you all on your toes. ;)

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  4. so happy your family has a new furry friend!!!! they are the best and she is adorable :)

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  5. Yay! SO happy for you and Hope! She is beautiful and looks like a sweetie :). I've never heard of the English Cream breed before, they look like great dogs! I love that you are training her to take to hospitals....I think my dog would be great at that, he is so friendly!

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  6. crazy cute. so glad that you all found a new furball to love.

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  7. Oh I am SO happy for you! I feel like we all got a new dog! She is gorgeous and is going to make so many people happy. Congrats!

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  8. Would have been nice if you had rescued a dog. There are too many in shelters to buy from breeders. Why pay for one when millions are put down in this country every year?

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  9. OMGOSH - ADORABLE!!! Congrats on baby Hope!

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  10. This is so, so, SO sweet! Congratulations on the newest addition to the family! My moms dog recently passed away as well, now they're looking for a black lab puppy to ease the pain of losing her favorite dog!

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  11. Congratulations girly! I'm so happy for you... She is ADORABLE. And that is so awesome that your mom is going to train her as a therapy dog. The ER that I work in has a program set up where therapy dogs come in a couple times a month, and it's just so fun to see the patient's faces light up. Have a wonderful Monday! :)

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  12. She is absolutely beautiful, Michaela! How special to train her to be a therapy dog. I know she will touch many lives!

    XO,

    Sam
    www.ThePeakofTresChic.com

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  13. uggggggggggh michaela! i already ranted on your fb...but im so so jealous..and i have researched and researched the english cream golden for MONTHS AND MONTHS ever since i saw one at a dog park in california. stephen and ih ave a list of breeders out here ready for contacting when we get a place with a yard (fingers crossed in 5 months or so) his name will be thomas. and him and hope can be bf and gf. ok awesome.

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  14. Yay for a new puppy! Losing a pet is just so hard!! Hope is beautiful! I love that black blouse you have on in the picture of you with the "Welcome Home Hope" sign!

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  15. so cute!! I am so puppy hungry it's not even funny. Husband says no but I may just have to surprise him one day with a puppy!

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  16. Ohhhh, Michaela! I'm so happy for you. Wow, God DID have other plans. I remember you telling me it would likely be Spring time.
    Hope is adorable (um...hello...she IS a golden. Lol.)

    Word of advice...don't leave her harness on her. Twice. Puppy surgery is not fun. Ask mine. Lol. Oh, and last night she ate aluminum foil. Vet said to give her bread and milk, all soggy. She is a canine garbage disposal.

    We, too, are training our Sasha. But mainly so she won't be a terror. Haha. She's on her 3rd level. She's now learning to crawl and this week she'll learn to READ! Haha. No, really! Will your mom train Hope her herself, or take her somewhere?

    Anyway, I know how special this is for all of you. Very happy for you. :) Can't wait to see more pics.

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  17. Awwww, yay!!! So excited and happy for you and your family! She looks so precious! :)

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  18. Oh my gosh she is adorable, as is her name. What a sweet, sweet face. Puppies are wonderful and bring so much joy to your life. Enjoy her everyday :)

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  19. Had your family considered adopting a rescue pup from a shelter?

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  20. Yaaaay!! Congrats on your newest addition, Michaela!
    So happy for you! I love that she is going to be trained to go in and brighten others' days!! How special!!
    She sure would look mighty pretty with a lavender collar!! ;)

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  21. Hope is just the most precious little puppy in the whole wide world!! Love that your parents are going to train her to become a therapy dog. So neat!! So happy for you and your family! :)

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  22. She is sooo sweet Michaela!! I love her name, and that your Mom plans to train her to be a therapy dog! That is so sweet!!

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  23. Yay!! Congrats on the new addition to the family! She is adorable!

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  24. Thank you everyone! We're just so excited!!! Can't wait to share more pictures next week (:

    @Anon: We actually did search for a dog from a shelter, went to events to try to adopt them, but because my mom is doing pet therapy with the dog, (in our experience) we found that the dogs at the shelter didn't have the right temperament for that. We love the idea of getting a dog from a shelter in a year or two when Hope is out of the puppy stage, and I will most definitely rescue a dog at some point in my life when I get a house. So while we think rescuing is awesome, it didn't happen this time around, and I don't really think it was your place to judge where we got our dog from. Thank you for your concern, though.

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  25. She is adorable!!! How exciting for you and your family!! :)

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  26. How Sweet! We are just finishing up construction on our first home and I am trying to convince my husband we need a puppy! No luck yet! I have puppy envy!

    Whitney
    www.cerniks.wordpress.com

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  27. Oh my goodness, what a doll!! Congrats! Cant wait to see more pictures of that beautiful little lady!

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  28. She is probably the cutest pup. Aww, enjoy her! I'm sure she's going to bring lots of hope to this world!

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  29. She is beautiful! Wow! What a blessing! :)

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  30. Omgosh...she is the cutest thing ever !!!

    xxLily
    goldandgray.com

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  31. Possibly the cutest dog EVER. I just want to scoop her up and cuddle her. So happy you guys now have Hope.

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  32. ohmygosh she is so adorable. I love what your mom is planning to do in training her for pet therapy, that is the sweetest thing ever. So happy for your family. :)

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  33. She is the cutest pup ever! What a great name too. She will be so loved by your family :)

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  34. Hope is ADORABLE!!! OMG, I bet you can't wait to meet her!

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  35. As a dog lover and Golden owner, I know how hard it was losing Shasta! Hope is beautiful and will bring such joy to your family.

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  36. I LOVE her name... how perfect!! She is a doll!!

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  37. She is totally adorable!!!!! I want to meet her someday!!!!! So so happy for y'all!!!

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  38. Ahhh! Sometimes choosing a puppy can be really hard, because they are one of the family! It looks like Hope will be the perfect fit!!! :-)

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  39. Oh my goodness, she is so beautiful!!! I'm so happy y'all have a new bundle of joy in your family!

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  40. I am dying here. I want a golden so so badly. I haven't ever heard of English Cream Goldens.... do they have the same temperament as the darker goldens like Shasta? Hope.... what a wonderful name! I'm sure she'll bring hope to many once she's trained as a therapy dog. Super excited for you and your family. (:

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  41. She is beautiful! You'll never want to leave her.

    My pup was sick this weekend and I cried thinking that was it. Luckily he is fine but I could barely cope with the thought. Glad you found a little hope ;)

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  42. where in CA will you be? I hope we can meet up a some point, and bella would LOVE to have a puppy play date with hope! :)

    xo,
    ashley

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  43. Congrats Michaela!! Hope is adorable, can't wait to stalk your blog for more pics of her! She will help immensely with your healing, but I must admit, you're lucky to get to raise her from afar, cause as I type this I am pulling pieces of paper and other schrapnel from our new puppy Cash's mouth. Yikes, its hard work to raise a pup, but well worth it!!! Enjoy!

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  44. i want i want i want. I be you all are so in love and over the moon smitten:-) xoxo

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  45. Adorable!! Congratulations on your new addition to your family, Michaela! I love the name Hope. You were truly blessed to have Shasta and now blessed with Hope. We have our little guy trained as a therapy dog, too. They do bring so much joy and love to patients. Enjoy your sweet new puppy!

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  46. Aww, can't resist a cute puppy pic!! Hope is adorable (love her name), congrats to you and your family!

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  47. New puppies are the best! Congrats to you and your family!

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  48. Oh my goodness! I am so excited that you and your family found a puppy. Bentley was the dog that replaced my dear Samantha after she passed away, and he couldn't have been a more perfect addition to my life. All the best for you and Hope :)

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  49. saw this on facebook and was SO excited for you...hope is such a little love!

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  50. I am so excited for your Michaela and fam :) This is so big for you guys and I wish you and Hope nothing but all the love and happiness in the world! What a cutie she is xoxox

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  51. Oh my gosh!!! She is the cutest thing EVER! I've been wanting a doggie and you've just pushed me over the edge! Congratulations on your new addition. xo

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  52. She is ADORABLE! Zoey and Riley are already asking for more pictures of her. Can't wait to hear about you meeting her! She's precious -- I just want to snuggle her! Congrats! And it totally sounds like it was meant to be.

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  53. OMG. congrats on the new addition to your fam. she is toooo cute for words. xx

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  54. Hope - what a perfect name! She is just adorable, and I love that your mom is training her to be a pet therapy dog, I can tell she will be a natural!

    xoxo
    Jenna

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  55. Awwwwww! Hope is so beautiful! I am aching to get a pup of my own!

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  56. I swear I commented on this post... maybe just read on my iPhone... I'm losing my mind... either way, she's adorable M! What an amazing addition to the fam! I heard that she really likes to do photo shoots too, so when you go home soon she wants you to take a ton of pictures of her : )

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  57. OMG she is so cute!!!!!!! I want her!

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  58. aw simply love that name and she is going to love you! congrats on the new addition to the family girlie! she's simply perfect!

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  59. I'm so happy for you! She's so precious and the perfect addition to your family!

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  60. Yay for a puppy! What a little cutie! xo

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  61. omg omg!!! Hope you are suuuuuuch a doll!

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  62. I haven't looked at your blog in a while, and when I saw Hope's blog entry, I had a feeling that she was an English Cream! My parents have one and he is absolutely the cutest, sweetest, loveable dog ever. We've always had golden retrievers in our family as well...They are seriously the best dogs.

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