Ladies and Gentlemen, meet Donatella and Giovanni.
Again, I'm borrowing Susie's photo of Eleanor and Jenn, Juniper Moon Farm apprentices, holding the pups. I can't even tell which one is which, but does it really matter? Double-barrelled gorgeousness.
It felt a little contrived to me to just take Italian versions of Bible names, so instead, we went with Biblical themes that describe these pups and the whole situation to a T.
"Donatella" means "gift from God" and we'll probably call her Tella for short. "Giovanni" is the Italian version of "John" and means "God is gracious," or "God's gracious gift." We'll call him Vanni. Whatcha think? It will take some getting used to, but we have five weeks or so for the names to find a home in our hearts.
I'm busy reading every LGD website I can find for info on raising puppies. A lot of the skill of guarding stock is instinctual, and they'll have the big dogs there for help and mentoring, but we have a part to play as well, and I want to do the best job I can for them. This is a long-term commitment to living creatures, and I do not take it lightly.
And I'll be taking reservations for puppy-breath sessions once Tella and Vanni get here.