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Everyone, I am so pleased to introduce J’s best friend, the newest member of our family:

This is Brooklyn. She is part of the Cities Litter born on 11-21-2013 and named by the Falzarano family in honor of their beautiful son Hawke. Hawke passed away before he could meet his service dog because of a seizure disorder. This is the second litter they have named, as each of their sons have a city middle name themselves. If you would like to learn more about Hawke and his family, please go here.

This is our beautiful new girl!

brooklyn boy

She is an English Cream Golden Retriever. Look at her swooshy tail! J will be -over the moon- for her, and given her heritage she ought to have just the right amount of mischief to fit into our family seamlessly.

I thought at first that Brooklyn was a boy. It was hilarious to find out after I emailed family that I had to email them again and correct her gender, but I am sure she will forgive me my faux pas.

That beautiful face right there? Everyone who has cheered us on and helped us along the way has made this possible. That smile is as much for you all as it is for my beloved boy and in 11 days, we’ll get to see them both together for the first time! I cannot wait, and we have plenty of tennis balls awaiting her!


  1. mavismarieMarie

    She is beaUtidul! He will love her! Congrats!!

    • Nicole

      Thank you! We are so excited! He is going to love our pretty girl!

  2. Laura

    Hope y’all spoil her and really hope she helps y’all out with jbear

    • Nicole

      Oh she will be so loved and spoiled! I already ran out to grab a bunch of different balls for her and J to play with together. 😀 Thank you so much!

  3. celeta

    I’m so excited. I know Brooklyn will greatly improve his life.

    • Nicole

      These two will be like Calvin and Hobbes in all the best of ways. I cannot wait!

  4. Katie Norton

    Awwwww she’s adorable! I can’t wait for the pictures of J-Bear and Brooklyn!!! Congratulations to the whole family!! Makes me miss my choc lab we named “Cherokee”

    • Nicole

      They are going to have SO much fun together, I cannot even believe it. My family lost a lovely chocolate lab last March. As she prepared to cross the rainbow bridge I asked her to find my boy the dog that would help him best. I’m thinking she done good.

  5. Tina Surls

    So excited for all of you! Can’t wait to see pictures onBrooklyn and J-Bear together!

    • Nicole

      Thank you!! We are so hoping to get pictures of them meeting up quickly! I will be blogging our training experience so there will be plenty to follow about these two 🙂

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