Hi Barb, I know you’re busy with things, but I just wanted to give you an update on the boys. Heatley (Hazel/Champ) and Crosby (Captain/Ruby) are doing awesome. My sanity is being tested with the combination of 8 paws, melting snow and a very muddy yard but nothing a little hose and towel on the deck can’t help. I just wish it weren’t *every* time they go outside!! Heaters is growing strong – last vet appt a few weeks ago he was 65 lbs and declared all muscle. Our vet said, “just keep doing what you’re doing, he’s one heck of a specimen.” I don’t know if I can possibly convey what an amazing athlete he is, but this dog is built like an Olympian. He can outrun, outleap, out jump anything, and his tracking ability is downright amazing. We’ve almost got him able to do backflips and the boys are determined to work on that more this summer. Jim is convinced he will be an awesome game hunter, so we’re looking into training him for that as well. His energy level is unbelievably high (yes, that’s a nice way of saying that he EXHAUSTS me) but his personality is so sweet and wanting to please, that I can’t even get annoyed with him. Thankfully, Crosby has decided that we can keep him, too 🙂 In all seriousness, the boys do get along in such a sympatico way that, in addition to their resemblance, it is obvious they are related. As we had hoped, Heatley has brought out Crosby’s inner puppy, and Crosby regularly teaches Heatley how to behave. It’s pretty cute when we ask one of them “Where’s your brother?” and he’ll run off to find the other.
We braved the muddy streets and wet, cold air today for a nice walk over the Old North Bridge through the Minuteman National Park (which is in our backyard). Here are some pics of the boys – they are always GLUED to one another on walks – and another of just Heatley so you can see what a handsome boy he is.