Friday, May 16, 2014

We Love Lucy

Lucy is a bit like the physics principle of a body in motion staying in motion and a body at rest remaining at rest.  When she is active, she is moving at full speed.  And when she is resting, she is quite reluctant to get up.  Instead she looks at us as if saying, "Really?  You really think I'm going to move?"

She is never interested in making that last trip outside just before bedtime

 How can you ask me to move from my sunbeam?
I'm WAY too comfortable to get up.

While we're not sure how she knows, she can tell the difference if we are going for a walk or driving to the park.  I'm sure there are some subtle changes in behavior that she interprets.  Unfortunately, she sometimes misinterprets and thinks she is going to the park when, in fact, we are going out to run errands and she is staying home.  She gets very excited until she realizes we are leaving her behind.

When my husband is downtown she thinks she hears his car several times and runs to the door to wait for him.  Often she is actually asleep when he drives up so she doesn't hear him drive up.

We have no idea if she is aware of Ellie's absence or not, but she is definitely more inclined to follow my husband upstairs or downstairs than she was when Ellie was here.  Perhaps we are coddling her too much, but we don't leave her alone as often as we left the two of them.  I'm sure she sleeps the entire time we are away, except when the dog walker comes, but we feel more anxious when we leave her more than an hour or two.

As we come to the middle of May, our thoughts continue to be with those suffering in the world.  The people affected by the wildfires in California, the hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees who don't even know who drove them from their homes, the young girls kidnapped by the despicable Boko Haram in Nigeria, those suffering from storms and drought, and all those victims and relatives of victims of tragedy throughout our planet.

The author of today's quote is unknown:

"The race is not always to the swift, but to those who keep on running."




Cheryl said...

Amen...... to your last paragraph.

Dear Lucy, so sweet. I am sure she misses her companion but also feel that animals are far more accepting than humans.
I was reluctant to leave Nella when our old Cavalier died. After a few months I extended the period of leaving her, I got it to four hours. Although I do not leave her often there are times when I have to.

Nella tends not to want to go out last thing at is always a bit of struggle :)

Have a lovely weekend....I hope the sun is shining for you :)


I have not been on the blogging circuit for several months so I'm trying to visit all and while reading your post, I read about "Ellie's absence". I am so sorry! I always enjoyed your posts about your golden-haired girls and their antics. So enjoyable. Hope Lucy is doing ok....

Tara said...

Your love for Lucy is clear and vibrant. She is a lovely girl. A balm against all the crappola going on in our world.

Hope you have a great weekend, my friend.

Vicki Lane said...

So much awfulness in the world -- thank goodness for our dogs.

Arkansas Patti said...

Bless her heart, I can relate to having just two speeds myself.
Mighty could tell if it were a walk or drive depending if I got my purse or not.

JeanMac said...

Good post - from the gentle dog to the headlines of the world.

JeanMac said...

Good post - from the gentle dog to the headlines of the world.

Ginnie said...

I often wonder, as I read your posts, if Lucy is lonely for Ellie. Have you thought of getting a "friend" for her, or is that out of the question?

NCmountainwoman said...

Thanks for your comments, everyone.

Tara - Yes, dogs are definitely a balm against the problems of the world.

Ginnie - It's not out of the question, but I'm not ready for another dog just yet.

Janie said...

Daisy is much the same as Lucy - a goer when she's out, but she really knows how to relax when she's at home, sprawled on her bed. She has a 6th sense about when we're going out to do something fun, too.

The Bug said...

Lucy & I are simpatico - I never want to get up either :)