We have set up an appointment for early next week. We'll be driving over to Chinon to have lunch and then meet with a breeder about a dog. We've been talking for many months about getting a puppy to keep Callie company. We're lucky we've found a dog breeder only two hours from Saint-Aignan who has the kind of dog we're looking for. Here's a link to the site and some photos.
We also want to make sure we don't end up without a dog in the household in the coming years. Getting out and taking a long walk every day, rain or shine, is too important, and there's nothing like having a dog to motivate you to get outside and get moving. The place where we live is ideal for keeping dogs and taking long off-leash walks without worrying about car traffic or bothering anybody.
We're studying the possibility of bringing a Shetland sheepdog into the picture. It will be a slightly smaller dog than Callie, but it should be just as intelligent, obedient, and energetic as a border collie. We've never before had two dogs at the same time.
Our first dog, Collette, was a collie-mix pup that we found at the Humane Society in California in 1992 and rescued. She moved to France with us in 2003, and lived with us for nearly 14 years in all. Then we brought Callie home in 2007, about 10 years ago. Those years have just flown by.