Tonight I’m tired, but excited. Tomorrow I drive 1 1/2 hours one way to pick up my new puppy, Poppy, an Eskipoo mix. My niece rides along to keep me company going and Poppy occupied coming home. Dear little Poppy will have a busy day. Her life will change forever. Mine enhanced, burnished by a dog’s exuberance…the night before the start of a deep, abiding friendship.