Jacquelynne Steves

Our New Baby, Alfie


I announced the arrival of our new baby, Alfie, in my newsletter last week. He joined our family 2 1/2 weeks ago… and I can hardly remember not having him here. He has fit into our family so perfectly, and he is such a good little boy. We love having him around! We snuggle and play and run and work in my office together…

It took awhile to find Alfie. Our beloved Daisy died almost 4 years ago, and the intensity of the grief that I suffered after her passing honestly took me by surprise. To this day, I still get choked up when I think about her, she was such a loving and gentle companion and we still miss her. Over the years, I had looked at shelters and online adoption sites, but no dog seemed to capture my heart. One night about 3 weeks ago, I don’t know why but I decided to look at an adoption site. One particular puppy caught my eye and I put my application in the next day, which was a Sunday. However, Monday morning I looked at the website and it said that he had been adopted. I was sooo disappointed- I really felt like he was my dog. We met a couple of other puppies, but I just didn’t feel that tug on my heart like I did with the first puppy. Then we got an email saying his adoption had fallen through and he was available again! I was so excited and happy. The lady at the shelter said that all 5 of his siblings had been adopted awhile back, and she didn’t know why he hadn’t gotten adopted yet. But now I know- I really believe that God was saving him just for me. He has worked his way into my heart and I just love him to pieces!! It sounds so funny to gush over a puppy like this, but I truly believe that God knows just what our hearts and lives and souls need. And apparently, I needed Alfie.

Just 2 days after we got him, we left for our beach vacation and he had a lot of fun. Now we are home, he has settled in and has quickly become the center of our family and our attention!

But maybe I should let Alfie tell you about that part:

These are my baby photos. Mom said that it was love at first sight. She really loved my ears! 


Mom took this photo of me in my new yard the night that she brought me home. I don’t know why, but I almost always have one ear up and one ear down. Mom said that she always wanted a dog named George, but George didn’t fit me. The name Alfie seemed just right.


Mom and Dad took me on something called a vacation. I relaxed and took a lot of naps, because sometimes it’s hard being a puppy. I think I like the vacation thing.


Vacation was at a place called “the beach.” It was sandy and there was a lot of water. I’m not sure about the water yet, but I could get used to sleeping on the warm sand.


I even get my own towel on the beach!


My mom works really hard, so I try to help her whenever I can. She says I am a big help in her office.


I have a few favorite toys already. Mom and Dad are spoiling me- I have more toys than I can play with, but I like trying them all….


…but nothing beats a roll of toilet paper for fun!


I have 2 nice beds, but I really like to cozy up in the piles of dirty laundry.

Alfie Snuggle

Of course, I like it best when Mom and Dad let me snuggle in bed with them.


Sometimes I just want to be alone….


And I fall asleep as soon as I get in the car- Just like my Mom!

I hope you enjoyed meeting Alfie. You know, it goes without saying that there will probably be lots and lots more puppy photos! If you’d like to see what Alfie is doing from day to day, join me on Instagram or Twitter.



  • Lisa McGriff
    Posted June 26, 2014 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    I think Alfie is adorable! Bring on the photos!

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted June 26, 2014 at 11:44 am | Permalink

      Thanks, Lisa! We are so happy to have him!

  • Posted June 26, 2014 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    Alfie is such a cutie. It’s been lovely getting to know him.

  • Jacquelynne
    Posted June 27, 2014 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    Thank you, Christine. He has been a real joy!

  • Jennifer
    Posted June 27, 2014 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    What a cute little guy – looks like he is really settling in with you. So happy that you found each other and that you can have fun with him!

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted June 28, 2014 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

      Hi Jennifer- we love having him around.He is the perfect little dog for us :) My husband finally has another boy in the house!

  • Judy
    Posted June 27, 2014 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    Alfie is so cute and the name definitely fits.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted June 28, 2014 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

      You know, Judy, his name really fits and I don’t quite know why… but we did try a lot of names and that just seemed to be the one that “stuck.”

  • Judy Currie
    Posted July 2, 2014 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    Alfie is so cute. What a wonderful addition to your family. Do you know what breed he is? Looks like a larger chihuahua ?
    My Mom had one named Sophie. Adorable dog.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted July 2, 2014 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

      Judy, he is a Chihuahua mix (meaning, part Chihuahua, part we-don’t-know-what!)

  • Posted July 2, 2014 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    What a little darling! I rescued a Chihuahua (female) 2.5 years ago and I can’t imagine life without her! She loves to sleep curled on a pillow under the covers with me curled around her or sleeping next to my leg when I’m on my computer in the recliner. She is very protective of my and will attack if she thinks I am being threatened – my mini protector!! Tara (because when I sent my hubs a pic of her he thought she looked like a rat) is a great traveler, loving her crate then, and she is the same fawn coloring of little Alfie! I’m looking forward to many fun, “nesting” pictures of him!!!

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted July 2, 2014 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

      She sounds very sweet :) They do have cute little personalities!

  • Ginny Knick
    Posted July 2, 2014 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    Jacquelynne, I can understand why Alfie pulls the string of your heart. Enjoy every minute with him :). I too had a dog I just loved to pieces but we had to put him down. I just don’t have the courage to do it again. Ginny

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted July 3, 2014 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

      Ginny- losing our Daisy is why it took us so long to adopt a new furry child. Perhaps God will send you the perfect furry child when the time is right :)

  • Posted July 2, 2014 at 11:40 pm | Permalink

    Alfie is so cute and I feel exactly the same way about my dogs, and I know God brought them to me too. Keep sharing pictures, and stories. I love to listen to them.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted July 3, 2014 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for your comment, Carol! We are really starting to see his personality come out- I have started calling him Alfie the Brave!

  • Sandy Keiser
    Posted October 2, 2014 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

    Alfie is soooo adorable. I have out lived a few of my four legged children and the hole in your heart will eventually fill with wonderful memories. Never to forget and never replace only to know they are keeping a nice warm and loving place for you someday. My husband says he’s in trouble because he’s going to be over run with them. I live on a farm and rescue everything. So one day to many years they still tug on your heart strings. Lighter note can’t wait for the quilt kit.:-)

  • Miriam Dickey
    Posted October 26, 2014 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    What a doll! Well it’s not a doll, it’s a dog. It’s a dog. I know it’s a dog, it only looks like a doll. Only. Looks. Looks can be deceiving.

  • Marjorie Grace-Sayers
    Posted June 21, 2016 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

    So cute!

  • Phyllis Smith
    Posted June 22, 2016 at 4:53 am | Permalink

    Alfie is absolutely precious!! I want to find a tiny dog like that. Our last dog had to be returned to the shelter where we’d adopted her when she was 17 years old, having a lot of trouble with climbing the stairs, couldn’t jump up on the bed anymore, and her “daddy” was very sick, in & out of hospital, so friends were coming to walk her. When we returned her, I was devastated, and cried for days. They put her into a foster home to live out her last few weeks or months, and I really don’t want to know when she crosses “the rainbow bridge.” Hubby says no more dogs right now. He hopes we can travel a little bit here in England, once he’s fully recovered from cancer surgery (New Years Eve 2015,) several nasty complications, and today’s gallbladder surgery. He’s not driving yet, and I don’t drive too far, cos I fall asleep at the wheel. But God knows that I need a dog in my life, so I’ll leave it in His hands!! Love Alfie, though!! He’s a darling doggie!!! xx

  • Tammyd
    Posted June 22, 2016 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    It must be a dog person thing, I lost my beloved Bichon Frise Cesar 3 years ago and I too still get very choked up over him. Even though I still had 2 healthy dogs as well. there was this huge void in my heart for him. Not all of my dogs have been as special as he was, and I grieved for a long time. Then, about 7 months later my neighbor was looking for someone to take her chihuahua doxie mix. I knew her from the neighborhood and liked her. So I adopted Chica. She is the most adorable little thing and my heart is healing. So, good for you, healing is coming……

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