Glad to see this journal here, Vivien! I fully understand your feelings about Blossom. We had a Newfie who was the absolute sweetest dog. We also had three Labs, a black rescue Lab, a chocolate and a yellow. The chocolate and yellow made it to a month shy of 16 years old, and Lady the rescued black Lab made it to 17! (We adopted her at age 7.) I still miss all of them and they've been gone for about six years. Our current furry child is Rosie, a tricolor Pembroke Corgi who has us extremely well trained - she is way too smart for us.