Lucy is still grieving. There is little doubt about that. She is no longer the mischievous dog who won't grow up. Her sense of humor has left for a while. She rarely plays with toys. She stays by our side all the time. She does wag her tail but her smile is rare. It's clear...she misses Ellie.
On the other hand, she gets very excited when we take her for a ride or to the park. She found that the drive-through at the pharmacy provides a cookie along with the prescriptions. And she welcomes friends and neighbors just like always. She is eating and drinking and we're sure she will finally get other Ellie's death. Just as we will.
She checks frequently that we are still there and never runs far ahead.
And here is why we still grieve.
We all miss her so.
At times like these it is well to listen to the words of Kahlil Gibran:
"When you are sorrowful, look again in your heart. And you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight."
And so, it is true. We are so happy that we had ten wonderful years with Ellie. And nothing can take that from us. We are smiling because it happened. For those who asked, yes we will be getting another Golden Retriever in the future. We want to get an adult and while no dog will ever replace our Ellie, one more Golden will be a good thing.
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND, EVERYONE!
Hold on tight to those you love.