Today Ben's old dog, Piper, met Ephraim for the first time. Piper is a nine-year-old Flat Coated Retriever. The average lifespan for a flatcoat is seven years, so she's considered geriatric in the flatcoat world. You'd never know it by her actions though. That's why we waited until now to introduce the pair. Piper is ABSOLUTELY nuts about children, and she has the energy of a puppy. I was afraid she might scare Ephraim in her exuberance. I should have known nothing would scare Ephraim! He did get pretty tired of her constantly trying to steal a quick kiss though. These pictures were taken in series, so you can see Ephraim's scrunched-up face knowing a kiss is coming, Piper trying to ignore the temptation, and finally the kiss! Back when Piper was a puppy we managed to teach her not to kiss faces, so she kisses the top or backs of heads as a compromise.
I'm a work-at-home mom of thirteen children ranging in age from twenty-six years old to five months old. Eight are home grown and five were adopted internationally (Russia, Guatemala, Vietnam and Ethiopia). We live on an 85-acre farm, and we have home schooled since 1986. My husband is a family physician in solo practice. I manage his practice and file the insurance claims.