The other night, Michael and I were talking about Emma, how we missed her, how lonely the house seemed since she died, and how we really want our baby-to-be to grow up with a dog.
We realized that we had two windows of opportunity to get a new dog: before the baby is born (to allow enough time for housebreaking) or a few years after the baby is born (because taking care of an infant and getting a new puppy would be a bit much).
Because we’ve always loved them, Michael did some research on Goldendoodles. After learning about all of their wonderful traits, we decided to “window shop” for some puppies.
Well, one thing led to another and….
Yep. We ended up taking this sweetie pie home with us. Her name is Lucy (in honor of my very favorite Lucy).
We’re apparently complete saps who are unable to window shop when it comes to puppies.
I’m sure you’re thinking, “Already? Emma just passed away!”
I don’t blame you, and I’m not going to lie… Michael and I had very mixed emotions about it, and at one point, I almost backed out. I didn’t want it to seem as though we were replacing Emma, and the pain of losing her was (and still is) very fresh.
But after talking it through, we realized that bringing Lucy into our home would be the best thing for our family in the long run. I’ll have a companion during the day while I work from home and when Michael goes out of town on business. His kids will also have a dog to play with when they come to visit.
And as I mentioned earlier, our baby boy will have a furry friend and they will grow up together.
So far, Lucy has been a really good girl, and I think she’s pretty darn happy in her new home.
Lucy will grow up to be about 45-55 pounds (at the moment, she weighs just 8 pounds). She’ll need lots of exercise, which makes me happy because I also need some exercise to make the delivery process and recovery a bit easier.
I’ve been doing some of my favorite workout DVDs at home pretty consistently, but I really want to take long walks each day as well. Now I have the perfect, healthy, little companion!
Like I said, I still miss Emma in a big way and often get choked up when I talk about her. Michael and I even have some guilt about getting Lucy, and we get sad when she’ll plop herself down in one of Emma’s old spots.
We both know that Emma could never and will never be replaced. She was one-of-a-kind. However, I’m really excited about our new family and all of the wonderful things that the future holds for us.
Did you grow up with a dog? If so, what kind of dog did you have?
Do you find that having a pet motivates you to get more exercise? I’ll keep you posted on how that goes on my end. By the way, I also have a post planned for the near future that shows the healthy foods in my fridge.
Oh my goodness!! She is precious! Don’t feel too guilty…it’s only natural to feel like that.You are not replacing Emma, just carrying out her memory and creating new ones with a loving new pup. I’m so happy for your little growing family. I think you picked the perfect window to get a new dog. It will help you heal from the loss of Emma. Lucy can carry on Emmas legend by bringing joy into your household. Congrats!!
Lucy looks like a Sweetie, so I probably would have turned into a sap too and brought her home too – loving the pictures of her. I know Emma is a part of your heart because I still talk about my Oliver I had growing up. You just know when it is right to bring home a fur baby, so ENJOY:) Happy Saturday!
Lucy is just precious!! I’ve always thought about getting a goldendoodle someday . . . they’re so cute! I grew up with miniature schnauzers and they brought SO much joy to our homes! They traveled with us all over the world when we moved from country to country . . . they were our constants!
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I'm Erin, the woman behind the blog and current mama-to-be. Named after my signature smoothie, this blog is where I share a bit about my life, how I stay healthy and well-balanced, my favorite nutritious recipes, workouts and products, and my love for Lionel Richie. I hope you'll enjoy reading!