I had been looking for a dog for months. Our previous dog/child was a Snoodle named Widget and was with us for 16 years. Jeff and I adopted her a year before we got married and it was heartbreaking when she died. So, I was very particular about getting a new dog.
Sam was exactly what I didn't want. He was likely to grow into a big dog with a lot of shaggy hair to aggravate Jeff's allergies. But, once I saw him, I couldn't forget him. There was just something about him that said he was the right one.
When Jeff and I were dating, he wanted to get me a stuffed bear. We looked at the display and he told me to look them over and pick out "the one with the magic." So, I picked Bernard, our first "child."