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hello puppy

There’s no recipe today, because… puppy!

We went to meet our puppy over the weekend. Actually, we got to meet her and her six brothers – seven little chunksters in total. At six weeks old they were ridiculously adorable, stumbling clumsily over one another, drunk on puppyhood. I’m amazed that the universe didn’t implode from this ultra concentration of cuteness.

jeremy and puppy get acquainted

holding our little girl

checking out what the other littermates were up to

this little guy came up to investigate (and taste) my shoe

Everyone has been asking if we have a name yet. We have a name. We have several names. I’ve been keeping a running list of all the puppy names that came to mind in the last three months. Jeremy believes it’s best to name the dog after you have met her and gotten a sense of her personality. So for now, she’s “puppy” until we bring her home in a few weeks. She’s a very sweet girl – calm and curious and so, so little! She isn’t a fearful dog, which is good. And she’s just as rough and tumble as her brothers, but they are all pretty gentle with one another (as puppies go).

they flopped down frequently, because they’re puppies

jeremy got her attention

she’s got the right idea

hanging with her brothers

I’m excited to bring puppy home, but it’s not the same as when we first met Kaweah. I think back then, all I knew was the joy of getting a puppy of my own. Now, I know the joy of puppy, the sadness of watching her grow old, and the heartbreak of letting her go. Don’t get me wrong, I would not have it any other way. I promised Kaweah I would be by her side until the very end and I make that same promise to this pup. And on this journey together, we will have ourselves plenty of adventures and yummy snacks and cuddles and friends and lots and lots of love.

silly goofballs

five minutes later, they were sleeping in a pile

except this one passed out before he could get across the pen

70 nibbles at “hello puppy”

  1. Leslie Ross says:

    oh my gosh – what a cute little girl! she has some big shoes to fill, but i’m sure she will do so admirably. can’t wait to see all your new adventures with this one!

  2. Holly says:

    I am looking forward to reading about your many adventures with your sweet puppy.

  3. Jack says:

    PUPPYYYYYyyyy. They all look so soft and cute and snuggleable! I’m so glad you and Jeremy got to meet her, and you decided to share pictures here. There can never be too many puppy (and dog) pictures.

  4. Trish G. says:

    Love these photos, Jen. So happy for you!

  5. Lisa says:

    They are just so dang cute! Congrats on the cute bundle of puppy!

  6. JaneM says:

    Your adorable little girl will be spoiled rotten (and well fed with your yummy treats). I’m so happy for you both.

  7. Flo says:

    ❤️❤️❤️ !!!

  8. Jasline (Foodie Baker) says:

    So adorable! I love dogs but unfortunately can’t keep them, can’t wait to read more about your new addition to the family!

  9. Louise says:

    Congratulations and looking forward to many pics.

  10. Rosa says:

    So cute!



  11. Yiwen says:

    I’ve been coming here for the recipes but I’m staying for the puppy! Very happy for you both and want to take the opportunity to thank you for your wonderful website.

  12. Susanne says:

    Beautiful words, Jen. Puppy will, as you know, be worth every moment. So happy for you!

  13. Joyce says:

    Can’t wait to take this ride with you! Thanks for inviting us to come along! Better than a novel!

  14. Kristin says:

    Oh! What a pile of sweetness! I’m so excited and happy for you, and so glad we get to watch the puppy’s life. It’s always wonderful to see loving and responsible pet owners with their animals. I love what you said about promising to be there until the end. When we adopted a cat from a shelter, they asked how much we were planning to spend on him per year. I just looked at her with an “are you nuts?” look and said, “Whatever it takes. I have no idea what might happen!” I guess it was the right answer, because they let us take him.

  15. Chani says:

    Congratulations!!!! So happy for you!!! Cant wait to see this little girl grow!

  16. jillian says:

    She is just perfect. My two favorite food bloggers (you and SmittenKitchen) are getting a puppy and having a baby this summer, respectively. I could not be happier :)

  17. Erin says:

    So sweet – thanks for sharing such adorable pictures! That’s one lucky puppy, going to a home like yours.

  18. angelitacarmelita says:

    I am swooning in puppy cuteness….. I am so thrilled for you and Jeremy! and what a lucky puppy she is. So very happy for you guys!

  19. Kath says:

    Really great news! I’m so happy to hear that this adorable puppy will be joining you and Jeremy! I’m looking forward to seeing your photos of all of her cuteness as she grows.

  20. Cheryl says:

    What an adorable pup! This post made me tear-up and my heart swell with joy! I am so very happy for you both… all 3 of you! What a great adventure awaits! I love your blog… Especially your photos, they are outstanding. I get to see a part of the country I haven’t had the chance to visit yet. Hugs.

  21. linda harris says:

    Look at those paws! They are beautiful puppies. And they have that wonderful puppy smell. We have a 3 year old golden retriever. Zoe’s energy level is still waaay up there.

  22. Trolleira says:

    Big smile! And so happy for you both get a puppy again!

  23. Pey-Lih says:

    How exciting! A new furry kiddo in the family. Many Congratulations to you and Jeremy!!! So, what’s her name?

  24. Bev says:

    Me tooooooo. I’ll take a brother. I’m so overdue for a new walking companion (Buck left us 5 years ago). I’m happy for you and looking forward to watching her grow.

  25. Heather says:

    I love your recipes and food photos, but love your dog pictures and stories even more — Congrats on the new family member! A new dog can never replace the place in your heart for your previous dog, but it will certainly fill it with joy!

  26. Jen says:

    Perfectly put about the different feeling of getting a pup now that you’ve had the loss too. I count almost every gray hair on my pups’ muzzles with a bit of dread but also would never be without a dog. So worth the heartache with all the love they give!

  27. Julia says:

    I was eagerly waiting for this post to appear on my feed eventually. Congartulations on the new fur baby, she is beyond adorable. And thanks for the gigantic dose of cuteness on a monday, it certainly made it better!

  28. Eva @ Eva Bakes says:

    OMG – these pictures make me melt! Can’t wait to hear the new puppy’s name! :)

  29. Geri says:

    So happy for the two of you, I have tears!! That is one lucky puppy!

  30. Cindi says:

    Oh thank you for sharing this joy with us! I know exactly what you mean when you say it is not quite the same as your first experience adopting a pup. My Simba is always with me and although I expect to have many more years with the two little monkeys who fill my heart today ~ it crosses my mind sometimes that my time with them is finite. Then I have a little cry, hug them tighter and carry on…
    I can’t wait to follow your journey with this little bundle of happiness! :)

  31. Mary Karen says:

    Sweetness personified! And bravo to you for opening up your hearts to her. She’s one smart gal, having chosen you for her companions! I know your faithful readers are all eager to take the journey with you via your wonderful posts. Wheeeee!

  32. Melissa says:

    Your comment about being with her to the end made me choke. :’) So happy for you and Jeremy. This is wonderful.

  33. Chris says:

    I am so happy for you and Jeremy. I know Kaweah is looking down happy that she did a good enough job to make you want to do it again. Best Wishes to all. Enjoy her!!!

  34. John says:

    I am happy for the two of you, I am happy also for the puppy with a lot of as yet unassigned names. What an adventure awaits that lucky pup! And I bet that somewhere from the great beyond, Kaweah is happy for you all three of you.

  35. Barb says:

    Little girl is just beautiful. How exciting, adding a member to your family. I lost my 3 precious babies, 3 months apart. They were all seniors and chose to cross over the bridge, one after the other. I, like you, did everything I could for them, and was with them when they passed. I now have my sweet girl, Joonie (Great Dane). She brings such joy to my life. PLEASE continue to keep us updated on this little bundle of love.

  36. Phoebe says:

    Congratulations, I’m so happy for you!! She is the cutest puppy!

  37. Allie says:

    Yes yes yes!!! She is SO precious. So happy for you guys. I’ve always found it amazing how both color labs come from the same parent. Can’t wait for the many photos to come :)

  38. Sheryl says:

    Oh I can’t wait until you get her!!

  39. Mala says:

    So happy for you, Jen ! She is beautiful :) what a sweet puppy !

  40. Monica says:

    OMG!! I am so happy for you. I’m sitting here with tears in my eyes! A few years ago, my cat of 17 years passed, and I couldn’t even wait a month for another one. I tell the new one all the stories about the old one. In fact, the new one has weird habits like the old one (they both like marshmallows, which is funny, because cats genetically don’t have the receptor for sweet).


  41. ellen says:

    She’s perfect!!!

  42. Kate says:

    Congrats! She is precious. They all look so soft and snugly, and like they’re just balls of softness with no bones.

    Looking forward to seeing lots of pictures of Puppy in the years to come!

  43. katzcradul says:

    And even though there’s heartbreak when they leave us, their lifetime of love, companionship, and devotion is so worth it.

  44. Mô Gribel says:

    I’m so happy for you! When Kaweah passed away I cried a lot. Her history and your love broked my heart. I hope the ‘puppy’ can fill your life of love, kindness, joy and smiles.

  45. GwenO says:

    Puppy is adorable and so happy she will soon come home to you and Jeremy! We had 15 yr old dog whom we had to let go about the same time as you did Kaweah. So sad for both of us, but we adopted a rescue puppy in January and she has brought so much light and happiness into our lives since then. I know Puppy will do the same for you two. Can hardly wait for your posts about Puppy….and her name!

  46. Rose says:

    So adorable! I think I would have wanted to take them all home. I just about melted when I saw the picture of all of them asleep. Congratulations on Puppy–can’t wait to hear her new name. . .

  47. farmerpam says:

    So much cuteness!! Love that puppy right up! Looking forward to the many cute photos to come! Congratulations!

  48. Paige says:

    So cute! I admin I have been checking in periodically to see when you’d be ready for a new pup. She’s adorable. I’m sure Kaweah is happy for you. Looking forward to seeing her birthday meals and hoping she gets to pick random numbers for you!

  49. Diana says:

    So happy and excited for you and Jeremy!!

  50. Tressa in NC says:

    OH MY! So very very happy for you all. There is nothing, I repeat nothing, in the world like a puppy. This is the best news I’ve heard today!

  51. Kim says:

    Congratulations! I’m so happy for you and Jeremy and that very lucky little puppy!

  52. Deb in Indiana says:

    Puppies are wonderful. I’m glad for you.

  53. Cheal says:

    Congratulations! She is beautiful!

  54. jill says:

    I am so happy for you. I don’t know who is a better puppy mom, my sister or you. I think you are tied. I hope to meet her when she is accepting visitors.

  55. Adrienne K says:

    I’m so happy for you! I was just wondering the other day when you might get a new dog in your life. This little girl is a very lucky puppy to have you to love her!

  56. Bri says:

    She’s adorable! Welcome to the family puppy! I’m excited to watch your adventure together (and learn her name!)

  57. Shirley says:

    Hi Jen, I am so happy for you and Jeremy. Puppy is so darn cute and will have the greatest parents.

  58. Debra says:

    Aw Jen. I am so happy for you. I smiled and got tears in my eyes upon opening up this blog. I knew it was coming, but here it is – Puppy time. I as well as all of your readers can’t wait to see all the new adventures and travels you have with her.

  59. Amanda says:

    Eeeee! So excited for you guys! I am currently on my second fur baby, and sometimes I think about how hard I now *know* it will be when it’s her time to pass, but I try to focus mostly on the joy of sharing time with her. It’s mostly easy to relax into the fun, even with the knowledge of the pain that will come after your first one passes.

  60. Stefanie says:

    Hello and congrats on the new addition to your family. I think K. will be watching over puppy and she settles into her new home. :)

  61. Jasmine says:

    Puppies are just bundles of love! Many years of happiness to you and yours!

  62. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence says:

    Awwww, welcome Puppy :)!! Congratulations on the newest member of your family. Can’t wait to see ALL the puppy pictures.

  63. Lisa says:

    That is a serious pile of cuteness. <3

  64. Jane says:

    Congratulations! So very happy for you all!

  65. Shari Q. says:

    How exciting! She’s a cutie!

  66. Anna says:

    So happy for the both of you! She’s adorable and looks like a bundle of fun and energy!

  67. jenyu says:

    Thank you for all of your wonderful comments. We are so excited to bring puppy home and to share her with you as she goes from puppy to big girl. As always, we are so moved by your love for our four-legged loved ones! Our house, our hearts, and of course – this blog, don’t feel whole without a pup. We’ll share her name soon! xxoo

    Leslie – yes, she does! I’m looking forward to seeing how different and how similar she is to our sweet Kaweah. Either way, it will be wonderful.

    Jack – definitely true! :) xo

    Yiwen – thank you!

    Joyce – :)

    Kristin – I just wish more people understood that kind of commitment. xo

    jillian – awww, you’re so sweet. Deb is one of my favorites, too!

    Cheryl – xo

    linda harris – ha ha! I’m counting on that ;)

    Pey-Lih – read the post.

    Bev – her brothers were seriously adorable!!

    Jen – it’s true, they are worth every bit of sorrow for all of the joy and love.

    Julia – :)

    Geri – xoxo

    Cindi – thank you, dear. xo

    Mary Karen – it didn’t take me long to realize I needed a dog, but Jeremy was the one who had to be convinced (but now he’s totally on board and he is really fond of our pup).

    Melissa – oh hon, I know you know what I’m talking about. I know you’ve made that promise to your three fur babies <3

    Chris - xo

    John - so sweet. Thank you xo

    Barb - yes, of course!

    Allie - oh yes, and some carry all three (chocolate, yellow, and black)! MEGA CUTENESS!!

    Sheryl - stay tuned, girlfriend! xo

    Mala - thank you!

    Monica - so sweet. xo

    katzcradul - yes yes yes!

    Mô - I cried a lot, too. Thank you for remembering our sweet girl. I hope this little one will be just as silly :)

    GwenO - thank you.

    Rose - absolutely! It was hard not to just stand there squealing at the cuteness!

    Paige - yes, I'm hoping she'll do some random number picking, too :)

    jill - we'll let you know!

    Amanda - so true, but so worth it all.

  68. Kim says:

    Jen, I’m so happy for you and all the adventures ahead with your new pup! I can hardly stand the cuteness!

  69. hungry dog says:

    I am so happy to hear this! My heart broke for you when you lost Kaweah. We had a lab that also lived to be pretty old (15) and we waited 4 months before getting a new dog–a 2 year old rescue lab. Our house immediately felt complete again. I found that I did not compare the two pups as much as I thought I would–or when I did, it wasn’t about measuring–it was just observing different personalities. It’s also pretty crazy to have a young dog after having an old timer. While old pups are the sweetest on the planet, it is fun to have a dog that runs and jumps and bounds upstairs, that eats plain old kibble and loves it, and that doesn’t need any meds. It’s a refreshing experience after the 24/7 caretaking of an old friend. Enjoy your puppy. She is a lucky girl!

  70. Ali G says:

    I was so very upset for you when you lost Kaweah. I wanted to comment then but couldn’t find any words that didn’t sound hokey (not that I’m doing any better now). My husband and I have lost two dogs in the last 6 years and it is always terrible. It’s a good thing dogs bring so much joy to our lives to offset it.

    Congratulations on Puppy! We got our first lab 2 months ago and she’s so much fun. Granted, we skipped the puppy phase and got a 2 year old girl from the breeder but it’s been so much fun to watch her personality emerge as she’s gotten more comfortable with all of us. We took her to a very large leash free park on the weekend and it was heartwarming to see how she would always come back to us and then go and check on “her” kids.

    I wish you, Jeremy, and Puppy all the best!

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