Sunday, February 26, 2012

The "Lily" in Stephorrine Lily

Celebrating one year since Stephy proposed to Cori 
Madison’s 4th birthday!!

Birthday Girl!!

"Let them eat cake!" -Marie Antoinette

During the winter of 2007 and 2008, right as Cori and I were defining our relationship, we decided to adopt a puppy together.  We’ve spent most of our free time engaging in research on reliable breeders, shelters, and proper dog care. During Christmas, we fell in love with a boxer puppy that we named Rylee Noelle. Unfortunately, on February 25th, 2008, our Rylee unexpectedly passed away at age 5 months due to a genetic heart failure. Cori and I were devastated. We remember sitting in our college library and getting the heartbreaking phone call from my mother. We mourned for months following her death. One way we were able to cope with our grief was by holding on to hope that we would eventually adopt another beautiful dog. During our intense research, we found a litter of puppies that were born on February 26th, 2008. We knew, in that instant, that we were meant to have one of those puppies. We felt as if Rylee’s spirit was guiding us and she was part of the litter that was born one day after her departure. We sent e-mails back and forth to the breeder and she would send us pictures, as well as health and development updates every week. We were even invited to visit when the puppies were approximately 3 weeks so we can meet the litter and choose our future baby girl. We traveled 6 hours from my house just to meet her. We knew our puppy was the one when I picked her up and she kissed my nose! On April 26, 2008, when our chosen puppy was 9 weeks of age, we were able to take her home. We decided to name her Madison Lily.  

Madison Lily

5 Fun Facts about Lady Madison Lily:
  1. She enjoys road trips and her favorite place to travel to is the Outer Banks, North Carolina.  
  2. Her favorite trick to perform is BOOM (a.k.a playing dead).
  3. Her favorite toys include tennis balls, Octo-Teddy, Pink Dragon, and Giant Red Snake.
  4. She absolutely enjoys snow, sand, as well as swimming at the beach and hiking.  
  5. She dines on a freeze dried and raw diet, no kibble, and visits a holistic vet every year. 

Newborn Maddy
Choosing our baby at 3 weeks of age
Taking Maddy home at 9 weeks
Loving her new home
Hiking at 1 years old
Beach Bums in Cape Cod
Snuggling with Octo-Teddy

Thinking about adopting a furry friend? Visit Petfinder or Blue Cross (outside the U.S.) for adoption opportunity. Thinking about adopting a pet from a responsible breeder? Make sure you use the following guidelines, which outline best practices for responsible breeders, as advocated by the ASPCA:
  • Screens breeding stock for heritable diseases; removes affected animals from breeding program. Affected animals are altered; may be placed as pets as long as health issues are disclosed to buyers/adopters.
  • Has working knowledge of genetics and generally avoids inbreeding.
  • Removes aggressive animals from breeding program; alters or euthanizes them.
  • Keeps breeding stock healthy and well socialized.
  • Never keeps more dogs or cats than they can provide with the highest level of care, including quality food, clean water, proper shelter from heat or cold, exercise and socialization and professional veterinary care.
  • Bases breeding frequency on mother’s health, age, condition and recuperative abilities.
  • Does not breed extremely young or old animals.
  • Breeds and rears dogs or cats in their home as they are considered part of the family.
  • Ensures neonates are kept clean, warm, fed, vetted and with the mother until weaned; begins socialization of neonates at three weeks of age.
  • Screens and counsels potential guardians; discusses positive and negative aspects of animal/breed.
  • Ensures animals are weaned before placement (eight to ten weeks of age for dogs and cats).
  • Complies with all applicable laws regulating breeders in their jurisdiction.
  • Never sells puppies to a dealer or pet shop.
  • Offers guidance and support to new guardians.
  • Provides an adoption/purchase contract in plain English that spells out breeder’s responsibilities, adopter’s responsibilities, health guarantees and return policy.
  • Provides accurate and reliable health, vaccination and pedigree information.
  • Makes sure pet quality animals are sold on a limited registration (dogs only), spay/neuter contract or are altered before placement.
  • Will take back any animal of their breeding, at any time and for any reason.   

Thank you for reading! xox


  1. awwww bless she is adorable.... bet Meg and Rosie would love her....
    Love the birthday celebration photos... we had a puppy party when Meg N Rosie were 1 years was madness here with 7 dogs running around...
    Madison is the cutest xx

  2. How adorable is Maddy! Such gorgeous pictures of your baby:)
    S xx

  3. OMG she is so beautiful!!! The last photo is our favourite!! Gorgeous!!

    Laura & Sarah xo

  4. Awwww...she is adorable. :)