Friday, July 3, 2015

We Love Lucy

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."




Anonymous said...

Happy birthday to your beautiful Lucy! She was such an adorable puppy and grew into a lovely sweet doggie.

Busy Bee Suz said...

Wishing sweet Lucy a happy birthday! She's been a beautiful girl since the day you got her. I hope your weekend is filled with good stuff!

KB said...

Happy Birthday to Lucy!!!! What a cute puppy. And I adore the photo of her with sweet Ellie!

The nearest town to us is having fireworks for the first time in eons because it's the first "wet" year in a long time. We can't hear them from our house so I hope that all the firework lovers enjoy them!!!

The Bug said...

Aww - Lucy was so cute! I would love to have seen the first time Ellie was allowed to "fight back." :)

Carolina Linthead said...

So beautiful, like the light I see shining from you, dear friend whom I've never met. Thank you for the is too dark here just now. Bless you, Lucy...named after an Ohio president's wife :-)

Ms. A said...

Happy Birthday to Lucy and Happy 4th to you, too!

Barbara Rogers said...

Happy birthday to Lucy, and the US. It's always nice to know how Lucy is doing here on your weekly post!

Arkansas Patti said...

Aww, don't think I have seen Lucy as a pup. Ellie was very patient and they ended up being best buds. Happy 4th for our nation and Happy Birthday Lucy.

Carolina Linthead said...

Also, you know lemonade isn't bad if you put a bit of Jack Daniels or bourbon in it, lol! We had a good 4th up here in Ohio, much of it spent with a 13 year old German Shepherd named Gus (and his family and friends) was good to commune with him again after several years. Dogs are the best therapy ever!


Happy Birthday Lucy!!

troutbirder said...

Lemonade Lucy indeed .. Happy birthday girl. :)

Cheryl said...

Such a charming post..........dear Lucy. I so love to see Ellie in the images.
They belong together.......

As always your quotes are thought provoking.

NCmountainwoman said...

Thanks for your comments, everyone.

Suz - Alas, our weekend was troubled when the sewer lift pump stopped working. And of course there are no plumbing supply places open on the 4th of July. We're hoping for a new pump today.

KB - I do treasure all the photographs of Ellie just as I'm sure you treasure the ones of K.

Linthead - I'm so sorry for your troubles. I'm sending positive sunny thoughts your way.

Beth - Nice to hear from you again.

Cheryl - They did indeed belong together. I've never seen two dogs more closely bonded.

Lowcarb team member said...

Only just catching up on some reading ... and I enjoyed reading this.
I love the way Lucy crosses her paws.

All the best Jan