I wanted to let you all know, now that it is finalized and I have calmed down a bit….. But let me give you a little background on the whole thing so that you understand why I am so excited about this!! My husband and I got “together” in March of 2004, shortly after I moved back to my home town. We moved into our first home together in August of 2004. The beginning of March 2005, while working as a surgical tech in a vet clinic, I was given a Dougue de Bordeaux from a breeder that had brought in 3 pups from the same litter. They all three had umbilical hernias that she wanted fixed. While doing my exams for pre-surgery, I noticed that there was a Hermaphrodite pup with a Grade V heart murmur, a female pup with a Grade II heart murmur and a male pup whose heart was fine. The breeder put down the hermaphrodite pup and only authorized surgery on the male pup. When she came to pick up the two pups – she told me to keep the female and give her a good home. I was SHOCKED!!! These are not “cheap” dogs and not very well known in the United States. I brought her home, opened the front door. My husband looked down, snatched her up into his lap, and she never left his side….. even to die in his arms at 25 months old from GVD. This devastated him. Four days later, he found out that he was severely diabetic and a close friend of ours had passed. This was 3 years ago. http://www.sunsetlakeranch.net/rainbowbridge.htm Well, for the past 3 years, I have been looking for another Dogue de Bordeaux for our family. I found a couple “pet quality” ones, but they were SOOO expensive. And then when I found one that I wanted, I would show hubby and he would freak out and say no – because NONE would be like Chia. A couple weeks ago, I saw an email come across on a yahoo ND list that I am on that said “dogue” in the email address and she has a couple goats and of course I had to email her… we started talking. Anyway, I told her that I was “looking” for a pup for my husband for our anniversary in October. She said that she might have some pups coming and she would keep me posted. Then a couple hours later, I get an email from her…….. saying that she has a young girl that she would be willing to sell to us for “pet price” on a co-ownership. This pup is almost 6 months old and she is hoping that she will be breedable at 2 years of age… anyway, without boring you with specifics on our contract conversations, I was totally taken back that she chose US for this offer. I immediately went and showed hubby pics of her – he fell in LOVE with her. Then I told him the situation and that she would be a breeder girl, live with us 100% of the time and that we get to keep half of the litter to keep or sell. He jumped on it – I couldn’t believe it. This girl is beautiful!! She was born in the Czech Rep and her father is a 6 country International Champion currently residing in the UK. Uppity z Orisku (aka – Raven) will be joining us as soon as we come back from Vegas – and are hoping that she will fly in on the same day that we fly back from Vegas – April 6th. Here is the NEW member of our family – Raven Raven as a 12 week old pup – Raven with her friend (Raven has the black mask) Raven last week!!! Here is Raven dad’s – http://www.dominiodelospenates.com/dogu ... _moby.html more pics of him http://www.axoland.com/males/moby.html Raven’s mom (ok – now maybe this is superstitious – but our first dogue was “Chia” this girls name is Chiara!!!) http://schreiber.dog.sweb.cz/fotogalerie5.htm And this is the pedigree with pictures --- the dog listed is her full littermate sister – but thought that it was cool to see the pic lines going back!! http://www.kynologica.nl/pedigree/modul ... pedid=7709 Anyway – YES, I am a little to excited – and to keep this “secret” for 2 weeks was KILLING me!