Our little firecracker, Dichi Lemonade Lucy was born on the 4th of July. She has always been an active dog, very smart, and with quite a sense of humor. We had planned to name our second Golden "Abigail" for Abigail Adams since our Ellie was named for Eleanor Roosevelt. But we feared the names "Ellie" and "Abby" were too similar and we would end up calling the new puppy by the wrong name. We shouldn't have worried. We called her "Ellie" half the time for the first three months of her life anyway.
When we selected her at the breeder we thought she looked a lot more like a "Lucy," so in keeping with First Lady names, we named her "Lemonade Lucy" for Lucy Hayes. [Lucy Hayes was known as "Lemonade Lucy" because she banned alcoholic beverages from the White House and served the guests lemonade instead.] While we are very fond of Eleanor Roosevelt, Lucy Hayes happened to be the only First Lady with the name "Lucy."
Lucy was very playful right from the start. One of her favorite toys was a very large hard plastic ball. She would push the ball around the yard with her nose and paws and tumble over it.
Little Lucy and the red ball
Ellie was two when we got Lucy. Because of the size difference, we had to control the play between them so that Lucy would not accidentally get hurt. Lucy took advantage of that. One of the best days in Ellie's life came when the veterinarian finally said they could play without restraint. You cannot imagine the look of surprise on Lucy's face the first time Ellie flipped her over when she started to jump on Ellie's back.
Dear sweet patient Ellie, so tolerant of this new little brat
Lucy's first day in her new home.
So Lucy is now ten. She's slowing down a little but is still active and playful. She has a basket full of toys but rarely plays with any of them except a blue tug or tennis balls.
Paws crossed, she breathes a prayer for peace.
(You might know she would peep)
It seems very likely that we will have a cool and rainy Independence Day here in the mountains. I hope the rain will hold off for the celebration downtown. But our little town will celebrate even if everyone is under an umbrella.
Today's quote is from Abraham Lincoln and is frightening appropriate for today:
"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."
HAVE A SAFE AND WONDERFUL HOLIDAY WEEKEND, EVERYONE