This wonderfully gorgeous puppy represents a whole new way of doing things for us. Usually, we are impulsive. Usually, we get the fever and have to have it now at any cost or interest rate. But this time, we talked, we planned, we dreamed, we researched. We found the breeder we wanted and then we saved and waited, and waited, and waited and waited. She was born on Veteran's Day, which meant nine weeks of excruciating waiting and longing for sweet puppy belly. Today was the day, at last, when we got to drive up (three hours) to retrieve her. It didn't matter if it was six or nine or twelve hours, it would have been worth it. She is as adorable and sweet and soft as we'd hopes. We're sure she's wicked smaht too.