The classic “departure” bath at pick-up.
I will have more photos and details about the puppy tomorrow, but I just wanted to say we brought one home!
Also (responding to questions on the previous post), I want to reassure you that Coco’s needs will be met first. After all, the puppy is here to be her companion. (Was not otherwise even remotely thinking about adding a second LGD.) It takes time to “grow up” a companion, so the time to start is now since I have determined the obvious–that Coco must go back to field work full-time, for her own safety. Under no circumstances will Coco be directly exposed to a bouncing pup until she is back on all four feet and strong. There are numerous variables I can’t know at the moment regarding the timing and healing status at which Coco will come home, but whatever those variables add up to when the time comes, Coco will be given time to re-establish her turf before being introduced to the puppy (who is currently in the house). The puppy will be brought to Coco in her kingdom, not the other way around, and it will be an audience with the Queen. Coco has always taken the alpha dog role on the farm, with any dog, and the puppy will be introduced carefully on Coco’s terms, probably for short supervised visits at first while they develop their relationship.
Meanwhile, excuse me, I have a bear cub at my feet. And I think it needs to be on my lap!