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!



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  1. 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!!

  2. Love all the thought that went into the process (as well as this blog post). I am glad you have a new exercise companion! Best Wishes for you and the new pet! (Stopping by from SITS)

  3. I never had a dog growing up, but as I’m getting older, I’m finding myself wanting one more and more. 🙂

  4. 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!

    • I am glad that you like the pictures because I’ve been following the poor thing around like nuts with the camera! haha. Thanks for the sweet comment. Hope you have a great weekend!

  5. 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! 🙂

    • Thanks, Kristen! She’s a sweetie. 🙂 Mini Schauzers are adorable! Dogs really do bring joy to homes- you’re so right. Hope you have a great rest of the weekend!

  6. She is ADORABLE!! I’m going to need to snuggle her.

    Also, intersting fact for you: When we were picking names, Emma was our second pick girls name. I suggested Lucy, but Hubs vetoed it – I watched I Love Lucy (and The Lucy Show, and The Lucy & Desi Comedy Hour) EVERY night while growing up, and still watch it in the early mornings on TV Land.

    • I watch Lucy every morning too!!!! There’s going to be a marathon this coming weekend. 🙂 I swear, if we were single we’d be perfect roommates. We’d eat the same stuff and never argue over what to watch on TV. 🙂

  7. I didn’t grow up with a puppy but wish I did! Lucy is sooo cute! She seems like the perfect puppy to grow up with:)

  8. Oh my goodness, she is so CUTE! I think it is a great idea to get a puppy now so your baby will be able to grow up with a dog in the house.
    I have had pugs for the past 12 years, not the best dogs for exercising. We only walk about half a block before my dog wants to sit down and rest. Last year I told my husband I wanted a bigger dog to run with and to protect us at night. This weekend we took in a foster dog, a 7 1/2 yr old yellow lab. Of course, I am in love so we are 90% sure we are going to adopt her. A lab would be the perfect dog to exercise with, I am sure I will make it farther than 1/2 a block with him! We have named him Harley and I will be introducing him on the blog soon.

    • I love yellow labs!!! Harley is such an adorable name for one. Congrats! I’m sure he will be a great exercise partner. 🙂

  9. Lucy is adorable! I’m sure she will be best friends with the baby.


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