Balla Bambina seems too long and too Italian for a sprightly 14-week-old Welsh corgi puppy, but liberally translated as Dancing Girl it's a pretty neat name Elizabeth picked for her new doggy.

Her mom and I surprised Elizabeth a couple weeks ago, picking her up at school and saying we were going on a spur-of-the-moment drive to Portland, where she'd meet a new friend we were sure she'd like. The hairy old guy who came to the door didn't strike her as particularly interesting, but boy oh boy, the four pups racing around in their backyard pen electrified her with happiness.

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