On August 25th I had the pleasure of meeting the newest member to our family, Charlie. A ten month old poodle mix (possibly with Maltese) that Kate brought home while I was camping. What a sweet surprise. When I walked into the bedroom, where she had him stashed, he barked and backed away from me. Growling a little. So I just took my shower and changed and went about my business until he felt comfortable enough to say hello. We have been best buddies ever since. And Ben, Charlie just adores him. Follows him everywhere. And Ben, acts like the protective grandfather to Charlie, so gentle with him. So sweet to see. Here are some photos and video before Charlie got his hair cut. We had to do it because his long hair was a magnet for stickers in the neighborhood and so difficult to get out. Once the weather changes his longer hair will be perfect. He is just the sweetest little guy, very loving and a real cuddler, but a real ball of energy, curious about everything he sees.