We thought long and hard about getting a dog. We finally decided the kids were old enough, and since we couldn't afford a lot of Christmas presents, we thought a new dog would hide a multitude of sins. After much debate and after falling into the dark hole on the internet that is Petfinder.com, we found out some friends had a 9-week old purebred chocolate Lab puppy ready to go! Since Labs are Wayne's absolute favorite dog in the world, it seemed like the right choice. Mabel is a very calm, sweet dog who loves people. She's teething right now, so she has already taken a few playful chunks out of my face. But she is very smart. She already knows that gate in our back yard that leads to our friend Maryedith's house leads to MILKBONES! Here are some pictures of her.