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On Sunday, “bw” commented, saying: “We know how well the kids are all doing, but how about an update on all the pups in the extended family? We haven’t heard much about them.
I am still pondering what to do about a doggo – I’ve always had Goldens, but there is a very reputable breeder about 2 hours from here who crosses her English Goldens with Labs – what do you guys think about that combination? Would it maybe be a bit hardier and avoid the genetic issues both breeds have? I think it’s past time I have a new baby.”
Bill, we couldn’t agree more. You’ve been without 4-legged companionship for far too long. We thought we’d let the guys tell you about their dogs and what’s going on with them (see below).

FROM ALEX: Hey, Bill. We’ll give you an update on Bella’s pup, “Cookie.” As you may recall, “Cookie” (then known as “Dog”) is small – probably a Siberian husky mix. She was found injured over by Swope Park in KC and her left forepaw was missing. Ben and Dub were working at the animal shelter then and Dub nursed her back to health. Pop-pop came up with the idea of making her a new paw on a 3-D printer and the kids at Ben and Dub’s school made that happen. She’s now on the 5th artificial paw version and doing very well. She’ll be 4 years old sometime this Spring. Cookie “puts up” with the rest of us, but she’s definitely Bella’s pup… and sleeps with her every night.
Now, we need to get Chance a dog of his own. We asked him what kind of dog he’d like and he said “Any dog is fine with me, but my choice would be one just like “Buzz”. Buzz, as you know is Dub’s dog and is a black lab and poodle mix. So that’s what we’re looking for. We’ll, of course, let you know when we find Chance’s new pet buddy.
We’re definitely not dog experts, but we think a Golden-Lab mix sounds awesome. Please keep us posted. xoxo Alex and Cal
FROM CHAD: Hi, Bill. David asked us to update you on our Brittany spaniel pup “Bud”. He’s a gentle, affable little guy and absolutely loves Matty and “Lissa”. He’s two years old and we’ve been training him to be a “bird dog.” That involves taking him over to a patch of weeds… putting a quail’s wing on a fishing line and casting it out. Bud looks for the wing, “scents” it, points it and holds his point until Raef or I say “Go”. Then he brings it to us. Or, that’s the way it’s supposed to work. Honestly, he’s doing better as time passes and we plan to take him bird hunting this next Fall. While we’re really fond of Brittanys, we think all dogs are good dogs and wish you the best in finding your new canine friend. Let us know how it’s going. Chad and Raef
FROM KEON: David asked us to give you an update on Travon’s pup, “Max.” As you might recall, Max is a “miniature golden doodle” (his parents were an English golden retriever male and a miniature poodle female). He’ll be 4 years old in May and is a total joy. He’s Travon’s dog for sure and wants to be with him constantly. They play and rough-house together all the time, but Max can “sense” when Tra wants “quiet time for photography, reading and other interests.” He’ll sit for hours beside Tra when he’s busy doing something – and never make a sound. We honestly couldn’t imagine life without him. Hope your search for the right dog is going well – and that you’ll soon have your new 4-legged friend. We don’t think the breed of dog is terribly important. Mr. Martinez (the kids Spanish teacher in North KC) has a female pit bull who is a sweetheart and loves the kids. Janette (the kids French teacher) has a pair of Basset hounds she’s absolutely crazy about. xoxo Keon and Rick
FROM DAVID: O.K. Now you’ve been updated on all the other dogs, so I’ll bring you up-to-date on ours. Bebe (our female miniature Schnauzer) is almost 15 years old and has serious health issues. Her eyesight and hearing are poor and she spends most of her time sleeping on the couch (when she’s not barking at a squirrel or deer or other critter in the yard). She’s had two cancer surgeries and the cancer is back now – and inoperable. Having said all that, our Vet put her on “carprofen” (a drug to treat pain and inflammation) about two years ago and she does remarkably well. She’s mainly my dog, but loves Ben and Dub and “tolerates” Buzz. She’s a sweetheart and we hope she’ll be with us for a long time.
That leaves “Buzz the wonder-dog.” What can I say about “Buzz”? He’s a little over 3 years old …a black lab and poodle mix – and the the most intelligent dog I’ve ever seen. I don’t know whether that’s because he’s naturally smart… or because he’s been raised by Dub “the dog whisperer”. I swear, he understands every word we say. Ben will kiddingly say something to me like “Dub is a rotten kid,” and Buzz will growl. Or if he says “Dub is an awesome young man,” Buzz will bark and give us one of his big, goofy puppy grins. He’s Dub’s best friend and constant companion and we all love him.
In general, our gang is a bunch of pup-lovers. When we have a get-together (like over at Koala Cove) the dogs are always included. When we’re eating, they get some table treats – but by agreement – only from their owners. So, if Max or Cookie comes to Ben or me looking for treats, we just sent them to see their owners.
Like Keon, we don’t think a dog’s breed is all that important. Any dog (or cat… or I suppose “teacup pig”) can be a wonderful friend and companion if they understand the love you have for them. Bill, good luck with your puppy search – and DO let us know how it’s going. We love you and think you deserve the happiness only a 4-legged friend can supply.
xoxo David and Ben

“Dog” gets her new paw!

As you might expect, Dub took his job as Chairman of the “Paw committee” very seriously. He chose the committee members (3 students plus himself and one instructor), scheduled the meetings and took charge. They made prototypes and finally decided on one made of plastic (on a 3D printer), with a titanium ball joint. The first two were a bit “floppy,” but the third was perfect. Long story short, “Dog” now has her new paw and it’s working wonderfully. We got her a frisbee and she, Dub and Izzie have been playing in the back yard with it. For now, it’s just short tosses but “Dog” thinks it’s fun and we’re all amazed at her progress. It’s good that the paw project is nearing completion – in time for Dub to turn his attention to the garden. He’s definitely a busy little dude!