Friday, December 13, 2013

We Love Lucy

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.

Hold on tight to those you love.


Anonymous said...

It is so good to see these photos of Lucy. I'm sure she will always miss her sweet companion Ellie, but will have room in her heart to love another Golden friend. The Gibran quote is quite beautiful.

Carolina Linthead said...

Yes, truly beautiful quote. Dear Lucy...dear you. Thinking of y'all.

Busy Bee Suz said...

She will always be missed; what a treasure your Ellie was. I'm glad to know you'll be getting another friend for your sweet Lucy; she will love that.

Ms. A said...

God bless her and you guys. It takes time. Sometimes it takes a lot of time.

NanaNor's said...

I am so sorry that Lucy is so sad but know it will pass, especially if you get another Golden. I know you will have laughter and fun again. Sending you big hugs today.

KB said...

It takes a long time. I am glad to hear that some things still make Lucy happy... like the cookies and the visitors. I know that you are all holding each other close. I hold you close in my heart.

Your quote is so full of wisdom and truth. Ellie was a delight to all of you.

kks said...

your post made me sad and happy….it is so hard to lose a beloved pet….so lucky you have each other and the 10 years of wonderful memories…

troutbirder said...

Indeed! And a good plan. I think we'll do similarly though wait till spring to start looking.

Lise said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Ellie. Loosing a beloved pet leaves a deep hole in our hearts and lives. I'm sure Lucy appreciates your love right now. Healing thoughts to you the Gibran quote!

Vicki Lane said...

So glad to know that there'll be another Golden in your life!

Cheryl said...

Oh I was so pleased to hear that you will at some point get another Goldie. For me, it is the joy of knowing it will be another dog, to be loved and cared for, in the way it should.

Lucy looks so sad, but with time she will heal, as we all do.
She is in safe hands :)

I love the Gibran quote....I know it well. I have a book which contains many of them.

I met a friend the other day for coffee. She has two Goldies. I told her your story and her eyes filled with tears.
Ellie has touched hearts near and far......what a wonderful thing.

KGMom said...

I am glad you are blogging again...I completely understand your temporary silence.
And I can understand what Lucy is going through.
Dogs are just so expressive, even without words.
Still thinking of you all.

Janie said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Ellie, and to see Lucy grieving for her friend. Wonderful quote, so true.

The Bug said...

I'm still so sad for you guys. Glad you're getting another Golden - and I think it will be very interesting to read about how Lucy interacts with the newcomer.

Jill said...

Hugs to sweet Lucy...and to you.