The whole family made the trip out to Berkeley Springs today to meet our new puppy Ari. It was a beautiful drive through the peak of Fall leaves as we made our way to Fox Creek Farm, the home of his breeder.
We were greeted by the excited barks of the 15 adult golden doodles and poodles that live there. We sat excitedly in the "meeting" room of the kennel while Amy went to get our puppy. He greeted us enthusiastically and seemed quite content to be passed around.
We spent some quality time with Ari, in the company of two other families who had come to meet their puppies as well. Ari seemed quite happy to run around in a little enclosure with an older puppy who is destined to be twice his weight.
He was in motion most of his time with us, meaning that he will not be the complacent dog Dylan was. In many ways he reminded us of a very young Jake.
After a while, Ari missed the company of his littermates and went back to join them. Every one of them was as cute as the next.
In just two weeks we will pick him up and bring him home. Meanwhile we are making lists and acquiring puppy things. It is somewhat reminiscent of getting ready for a new baby!