Since the puppies have arrived it has been quite exhausting and a trial. Finding out that Crystal was deaf and then having a week of rain - has really hampered our training and settling in schedule. The puppies turned from a joyous event into a nightmare and for the past few days we have been contemplating selling/donating them - anything in fact to having them out of the house.
Lots of tears, discussions, research, phone-calls etc have led us to change our minds a number of times.
The sunshine of yesterday and today have certainly helped highlight the idea of keeping them and a talk to a local pet shop owner about purchasing Lucy (who can hear) made me realise that I don't want to get rid of them.
I know I am in for hell for the next three to six months. It is going to be a challenge. We can train Crystal - hard work and lots of effort, but she is already proving that she is trainable. Both are totally loving, so decision made.
Lucy and Crystal are part of the family - for better or for worse.