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    Andre was born on July 9, 1994 in the back of my pick-up truck going 75mph, on the way to a family reunion. His mother Cricket was due in a week, or so we were told, but we did not want to leave her in the care of anyone so we headed to Michigan from New York. Cricket started panting before Toledo, where we decided to stay for the night. She slept restlessly, and eventually (1AM) I drifted off as well. We were awakened at 7:00 AM to the cries of a new born pup!! I sent my wife and two young daughters off to breakfast as soon as I was able to pry them free of the pup.