I think of our Ellie every day. But recently she has been on my mind more than usual. Perhaps it is because of a dream I had several weeks ago. I dreamed Ellie and I were in a beautiful meadow amidst a profusion of wildflowers. I wanted to photograph her among the flowers but she kept following me. Then she looked at me and said (animals talk in my dreams) that she had been away from me for too long and she was not going to leave my side. It was a sweet dream of my sweet girl.
Ellie was older by two years and she and Lucy were never far apart. Here are some photographs of the two Golden Girls.
Running in tandem up and down the stairs to a dock on the lake
Patiently waiting at a down/stay while I answered the door.
Running like mad through a local cemetery.
Ellie was a little bigger and a lot faster.
Taking a little break
Snoozing in the sun with Ellie serving as Lucy's pillow.
Friends and neighbors ask us regularly why we don't get another dog. There are several reasons. Our house is not well designed for training a puppy so our next dog will be an adult. While Lucy is definitely friendly with other dogs, she never enjoyed playing with them as much as Ellie did. At the dog park, Lucy tended to gravitate from owner to owner while Ellie romped with the other dogs. Bringing in the wrong dog would be devastating to Lucy, especially as she is getting older. Last (but not least) we plan to move into a comprehensive retirement community within the next five years or so. We hope to be independent and active there and if Lucy is no longer with us we will definitely get another dog. Our home would never be complete without a dog. But we fear disrupting Lucy's happy life by bringing in another dog right now and we won't take that chance.
So we have our Lucy, our sweet and goofy Lucy. And the memories of our wonderful Ellie. And for now that is enough.
Today's quote is from Omar Kayyam:
"Be happy for this moment.
This moment is your life."
HAVE A MOST WONDERFUL WEEKEND AND REMEMBER THIS MOMENT IS YOUR LIFE