Some of you may recall that while I was working in Ireland our dog, a 9 year only Pomeranian had to be but to sleep. My wife could not stand the void created by his death. We now have a new puppy. Ricochet, or Riki, is a now about 11 weeks old and has been with us for 3 weeks. He is a pure breed Papillion. They are a small but very agile breed. Here he is at the end of a busy first day. Find the puppy! Dear old Little Bear, was crippled from birth with a badly curved left rear thigh bone, his left rear foot never in his live was useful. In the 3 years we have lived in our current house the Pom only make it to the top of the stairs, unassisted 1 or 2 times, it was just to much work, each step was a labor. When Riki came into the house, I do not think he had ever seen a stair case. I had to coach him up the first time, in a matter of hours he was going up like an old pro, it took a few days for him to go down, now he runs up and down. He is able to get on our bed and our couches unassisted. It is a completely different dog then our sedate old Pom. He loves to play fetch and runs like the wind. We are in for some interesting times adjusting to him, the name Ricochet was slow in coming but it fits him well.