Before I get to my dilemma, I want to update you on the Beef Bourguignon. It was delicious!! Is Julia Child’s better? Absolutely – there is a depth of flavor that comes from the bacon and cooking the veggies in the beef drippings. No doubt. However….this was really, really good! I would do this again in a heartbeat but without skipping the bacon and onions. I noticed no difference by substituting ketchup, garlic powder, etc…. I would also use a better bottle of wine – our neighbor gave us a bottle of Wrongo Dongo (how freaking funny!) which is a cheapo bottle of red. I would step it up a bit and use a pinot noir.
Okay – on to my doggie dilemma:
If you asked me even 10 years ago if I would ever have a dog, the answer would have been an unequivocal NO! Well, things change. We (me really) are on the hunt for a new addition to our family. Nothing we ever do is easy. Our family consists of four seriously strong minds and opinions. I want a Havanese. The kids just want a cute, fluffy love ball. Larry wants a dog that is not entirely white, can run a bit and isn’t so small he wants to kick it. So I am going back and forth now between buying a poodle mix and a pure havanese. I would be very happy with a poodle mix except that there are only about 1% of “breeders” who responsibly breed the mixes. 99% come from puppy mills. I really don’t want to support that for starters. Secondly, the doggies from the mills are pretty expensive anyway. My heart keeps going to the Havanese. I don’t want to get a puppy that I don’t absolutely adore just because it’s $700 cheaper. It’s going to be part of our family and hopefully for a good, long time.
I’m taking the kids to see some cockapoo puppies tomorrow. They’re black and white (which I love), but the photos weren’t so cute….of course, they’re photos and nothing is like seeing them in real life. The woman who has them is a local, responsible breeder and we know 3 families who have cockapoos from her.
I’m also waiting to here from a Havanese breeder about a gorgeous chocolate and cream Havanese…..
Like a fiddler on the roof…… Here’s the part where you (anyone? Bueller) chime in and give me advice……:)