Reprinted (with permission)
from Tina's 6/8/04 post on the Shiloh Shepherd Friends forum
When Lisa returned from the Foxy LER she seemed very excited about the pups,
and asked me to come into the living room and sit down. That is when
she went to the office & returned with a puppy in her arms.
She walked up to the wall and just stood
there, in front of the painting that I received at Homecoming. I thought
that was a bit weird, but ignored the gesture and asked her to come closer
to the couch ... she refused & insisted that I just LOOK at him!! What was I
supposed to be looking for? If she wanted an evaluation, she needed to set
him up on the coffee table, not hold him in front of the painting!!! Then I
looked ........ and I looked again ....... for a person that has seen
thousands of pups, taking special "notice" of that one was unusual ..... but
THAT face!! I looked at the picture .... the markings .... this puppy looked
JUST like Shep!! So I stood up to examine him closer .. even the markings on
his legs were identical!! I asked her to let him run around the room .....
within minutes he stopped in front of the fireplace and walked into a
PERFECT STACK ... he was a miniature version of Shep!! Every detail ....
this could not be happening ..... so I went full force into my (cut throat)
looking for faults, but I could not find
any .. I even asked her to bring his sister up, sure that if he got very
happy that darn tail would certainly hook ..... fooled again!! I have NOT
seen a pup identical to him since Shearing Road ..... many moons ago!! How
could this pup look so much like Shep?? I tried to re-create him for over a
decade, but never even came close to a clone like THIS ONE!! WOW!!
Talk about nostalgia!! Yet I knew that
due to our number restraints we could not keep another male! At that moment
Lisa and I both said PAUL!! He was waiting for a pick show male from another
litter, but I was sure that he would be perfect for this guy .... and I am
happy to report that my "Shep clone" is doing just fine with his new family,
and you all will get a chance to meet him in person at Homecoming VBG!!
Was she right? Can history repeat