Window shopping & a new exercise companion
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. 😉
Have a great day- and don’t forget to enter my Schick giveaway!