A year ago (Valentine’s Day weekend 2016) our kids arrived back home from a sleepover to find a large cardboard box. "We got you some treats,” we said, “they’re very tasty.” Inside were two puppies, 5/8 mastiff 3/8 labrador, 16 lbs and 14 lbs at nine weeks. Opening that box was, without a doubt, the most exciting moment of their lives for both the kids and the dogs. A year later, Grendel, the boy dog, is over 120 lbs. His sister Angel is about 100 lbs. We still call for them, “Puppies!” from across the dog park or the back yard. And those jumbo XXL dogs still come bounding to the call.