Let The Healing Begin

Can you believe it? We’ve had this little Willie for less than two hours

By the time I arrived at the airport the Delta staff had already fallen in love with Willie.

By the time I arrived at the airport the Delta staff had already fallen in love with Willie.

 and we already have almost one hundred pictures of him.

Our children and grandchildren live in Louisville, KY, and that’s where Willie came from. We hope it’s the beginning of an exodus back in this direction, but we’re not holding our breaths.

As of yesterday we were throwing around names and narrowed it down to Percy and Willie.

As of the second photo I'd shot, Willie had already let me know what his name was.

As of the second photo I'd shot, Willie had already let me know what his name was.

We sort of wanted to name him after one of our musical heroes, but Percy is one of Brenda’s grandfather’s names, and it was really attractive, too. Willie, Brenda said, would represent my middle name, William, (as Willie is a gift from me to her) and Willie Nelson. We resolved to let him “tell” us his name when he arrived.

About the time I shot the second picture in this series I began to call him Willie, even though I’d been leaning toward Percy. Brenda and I arrived at the airport separately, as she came from home and I traveled from the clinic. When she came in from the parking garage I handed him to her

Willie's new Mommy gets to see him for the first time.

Willie's new Mommy gets to see him for the first time.

 and said, “I think he’s a Willie. Is that OK?”

“Yes,” she said, “if that’s what he’s telling you.”

As you can see, he was a little bit messy from the combination of food and water in his crate during eight hours in transit. So, the first order of business when we arrived home was a thorough bath. Unlike Pearl and Peyton, he was good for a bath.

It's clear Willie has had baths before, as this one seemed to be "old hat" to him.

It's clear Willie has had baths before, as this one seemed to be "old hat" to him.

Of course, you will be seeing and hearing a lot from Willie over the next twenty years.

Together, we can watch him grow.

As you might guess, we are head-over-heels in love!

See you tomorrow, Dr. Randolph and Brenda.

10 Comments to “Let The Healing Begin”

  1. Ann 4 February 2012 at 9:08 pm #

    Dr. Randolph and Brenda – what a joy it is to see both of you with Willie. He’ll give you so much love and joy just like the poodles our family had in the past now taken over by two cats (Mopsy and Smokey). Pets are such good company and I hope Willie will give you the joy and happiness you deserve. I hope I get the chance to see Willie in your office sometime in the near future. Ann

    • Dr. James W. Randolph 5 February 2012 at 7:37 pm #

      Joy is definitely the right term. Today at lunch we were talking about the fact that Willie is a full-time job for two people! He’s a handful, ever on the go and ever full of energy. No matter how much work he is, though, he’s such an entertainer. We never stop laughing at his antics and activities!

  2. Lisa 21 April 2011 at 11:30 pm #

    Congratulations on the newest member of the family. I’m sure Willie will bring many years of love and fun to both you and Brenda. And he is quite a cutie!

  3. Patsy Sanders 21 April 2011 at 6:00 pm #

    Happy to hear about your new baby. Hope all goes well.

  4. Lilpoodles 21 April 2011 at 5:36 pm #

    Congratulations Jim and Brenda! I am so happy Willie has touched your heart and we were able to bless your family with a new member. He was a complete Love Bug from the day he started walking. I knew when I spoke with you, he was perfect for your family! Have a great day and I look forward to hearing all about him on this great site. Best Wishes: Kerri and Cathy at lilpoodles.com

  5. Jenny 21 April 2011 at 11:07 am #

    Congrats! He’s adorable!

  6. Auntie Jo 21 April 2011 at 6:57 am #

    Dear Jim and Brenda,
    Willie is adorable!!! I’m so glad you have him. I would be totally lost without my Cutie (Peke) and rotten Kailey (poodle). My house would be so empty without them.
    Love you both, Auntie Jo

  7. Stephanie White 20 April 2011 at 10:53 pm #

    He is so adorable and Mommy looks very happy to have him in her arms! I may have to come visit just to see the new addition to your family! I miss you and Mrs. Randolph. I will email and update you shortly on what is going on in Houston.

  8. Regina 20 April 2011 at 6:24 pm #

    He’s a cutie! Welcome to the family!!!!

    • Dr. James W. Randolph 20 April 2011 at 9:00 pm #

      Thank you, Regina (one of my beautiful daughters-in-law). We can’t believe how hard and how fast we have fallen. Everything he does is so cute and funny. He is a real healer.


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