They’re almost ready to leave. It’s been a tough week but these babies have given me the gift of laughter and eased my heart so much. It’s amazing the changes they go through in the last weeks. It’s like watching a flower unfold; the difference between the bud and the full bloom. The characteristics we noticed in each pup early on are still there but they are richer and more easily observed. We had fun bringing everyone in the house for a little personal time this week. The reactions varied from mild concern to no concern at all. Those pups who initially were a little worried about the strange new environment, quickly found their feet and demonstrated the kind of resilience I like to see. I’ll be treasuring this last week. I will be sad to see them go but at the same time I’m so happy to be passing on a little bit of Ivy and Rudy to their new owners. Little legacies indeed.