My 50th B-day present to myself was a new pup to help fill our empty nest. My wife and I looked high and low for just the right pup. "Loki", Princess of Mischief, joined us 8 weeks ago and is now 16 weeks old. She has all but destroyed the nest, but not quite as bad as the kids did. :-) She knows all the basics at this point, and has started joining me on short hikes in the southern Appalachian mountains. Can't wait for warm weather hiking as a payoff for all the cold winter nights waiting for her to pee in sub zero winds.