My husband and I drove through a New York snowstorm into Massachusetts yesterday to meet and pick up our new little girl. Andrew, her breeder, already named her, Ella Minnow Pea or Ella for short. All the puppies were adorable, but I was just so thrilled to finally see Ella in person. We got to play with the puppies and meet mom and dad, Raven and Obo, both wonderful basenjis. After spending some time with Andrew, the pups and their parents, we carried Ella out to the truck and headed home. At first she was a bit dazed by everything going by as she watched out the window, then tried to investigate the cab of the truck (no, she wasn't in her crate, but Andrew agreed that she might be more comforted if I were to hold her going home), but after about 15 minutes, she settled down and fell asleep. She slept on and off all the way home, waking only to look around and get comfortable again. Once home, she met her new brother Koda, a chihuahua mix and he was a bit miffed since he was used to being king of the house and getting all the attention. He basically chose to ignore her, although she at times would get right in his face and he will growl or snap at her, which doesn't phase her in the least. Ella likes to follow him around, but Koda is really good at the ignoring game. I'm hoping he warms up to her. Last night was noisy to say the least. She screamed and cried terribly in her crate and I admit, I felt so guilty. She finally fell asleep and woke up at 6 a.m. Today was a much better day for her. I was afraid she might really miss her litter mates, but she's been very happy, playing and taking naps. I'm expecting that she will do a lot of screaming and crying again tonight, but hopefully she'll learn to accept it in time. She's just such a cutie and we just love her. I'm going to try to attach a picture of my little Ella, now 9 weeks old.