The picture was taken at about 5 ½ months

Sent: Monday, September 01, 2008
Subject: Neil (Suma) and Gretles’ puppy

Hi Fredericka and Lucy,

I just wanted to update you on our wonderful Java. Java is growing by leaps and bounds, smart as a whip and lots of fun. We had him to the vet last week and he’s up to 90 pounds. He’s a little ribsy again because he’s had some tummy problems. Nothing to be concerned about. I only mention it because I think he’s actually down a few pounds. He’s a good boy, he chews his bones and toys faithfully, never gets into trouble when we are away and loves Frisbees and chasing balls. He loves the hose and puddles. There are a few places to take him for a swim, but I think we’ll wait until next summer. He loves the water, though. He’s a fierce foe to all spiders and ants who dare to come into the house and leaps and pounces like a cat when he’s really happy or excited. He’s content to stay in the yard, would like to explore the woods, but we’ve discouraged that. He loves to ride in the car and we bought a van, which is a big hit, too!

Java loves people, men especially. He’s an angel with kids. So patient and calm. They can play with his ears and tail, lift his lips and tickle his toes. He just allows it. Such a good boy. He knows I’m his momma and stays with me all day, until dad comes home. Then g’bye! Java loves his daddy SO MUCH! It’s adorable. That said, don’t be surprised if in a few years, you see our name looking to be put on the waiting list for a sweet sister for Java.

He’s a beautiful dog, his face is well proportioned and his coat is a beautiful mix of colors. Does he have a brindle in his background? He’s a light apricot with some silvery fawn in places. He is many different shades in between with a white splash on his chest and chin. He also has black hairs sprinkled all around. He’s gorgeous and everyone who sees him is amazed.

Looking forward to hearing from you,