Saying “Goodbye for now,” and welcoming a new family member

Hello.  It’s been a really long time since I wrote a blog post.  It’s partly because of grad school, which I am supper happy to report that I now have somewhat of a break from for the next two months.  But also, I’ve actually been dreading writing this post.

You see, on March 15th, I had to say goodbye to my baby.  No, not an actual, human baby (thank goodness, because I can only imagine that that is about a million times worse), but you guys know how I feel about my dogs – they’re my babies.  My sweet little girl Luna passed away, and it sucked.  It sucked real bad.  It still sucks.

If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you might remember that about 18 months ago Luna ruptured a disk in her back (I still have no idea how), and she had to have spinal surgery.  It was a traumatic process. She stayed in the hospital for a week, and then we had a long recovery as her body slowly learned to walk again.  Well, on March 13th, she ran out the back door with my parents’ dogs and my dad heard her yelp in pain.  He came to get me a few moments later.  I’ll never forget being woken up that day and my dad telling me, “Something’s wrong with Luna. She won’t come up the back stairs.”  My heart fell into my stomach.  Call it a mother’s intuition maybe, but I just knew.  I knew from that moment that it wasn’t going to end well.  The thing I had dreaded and obsessively worried about for the last year and a half had come true – her back was broken again.  I tried to push those terrifying thoughts down and tried to keep hoping for the best.  I took her back to my house and kept her calm just lying in the living room for the rest of the day.  I brought the futon mattress down into the living room so that she didn’t have to go up the stairs to get into bed that night.  The next morning she was worse, and was having trouble even just getting up and walking.  We rushed her to our vet, who looked at my panicked expression and said she was sorry, but that it looked like it had happened again, and that we should take her straight to the specialist in Malvern again.  I’ll spare you the rest of the details.  The following day I made the most difficult decision I’ve ever had to make.  I take some small comfort in knowing that she is now out of pain, but I miss her terribly.  Every single day.  Taylor told me something that day that I still try to remember – it’s not goodbye forever.  Just goodbye for now.  I don’t know what sort of afterlife is out there, but I am hoping and praying with all my heart that I get to be reunited with my Luna girl again someday.

Rest in peace my Looney Tunes.  Miss you everyday.

Rest in peace my Looney Tunes. I miss you everyday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We couldn’t stand the empty house for very long.  About a week after saying goodbye to my best friend and companion for the past four and a half years, Taylor and I brought home a new baby girl, Olive.  She could never replace Luna, but she has already wiggled her way into our hearts (let’s be honest, she wiggled in there about 2.5 seconds after I met her).  Can you blame me?

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This picture was taken the first week we had her.  She was about 12 weeks old here.  I can’t believe how big she’s gotten now that I’m looking back at these photos.  Now she’s 6 months old.  To the day actually.  Today is her half birthday :-)

Here are some more baby pics…

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Olive, (healthy) Vittles and Bits

These were taken in my living room, and the light was really bad.  When she was 4 months old I was able to get some really great pictures of her outside in my backyard.  I’ll try to pick just my favorites to post here, but fair warning, you’ve got about a million puppy pictures coming your way 😉

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I love how happy she looks in this one….just nomsing on her stick :-)Olive, (healthy) Vittles and BitsOlive, (healthy) Vittles and Bits

Look at that little pink tongue!!!!Olive, (healthy) Vittles and Bits Olive, (healthy) Vittles and Bits

This is her angry face……………………..bahahahahahahahahaha!!!Olive, (healthy) Vittles and Bits Olive, (healthy) Vittles and Bits Olive, (healthy) Vittles and Bits Olive, (healthy) Vittles and Bits Olive, (healthy) Vittles and Bits

This one is one of my favorites.  Just look at that sweet puppy face!
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Do you like see-food???? hahahahaha.Olive, (healthy) Vittles and Bits Olive, (healthy) Vittles and Bits Olive, (healthy) Vittles and Bits Olive, (healthy) Vittles and Bits Olive, (healthy) Vittles and Bits Olive, (healthy) Vittles and Bits Olive, (healthy) Vittles and Bits Olive, (healthy) Vittles and Bits

She’s such a goof ball :-)Olive, (healthy) Vittles and Bits Olive, (healthy) Vittles and Bits Olive3-45 Olive, (healthy) Vittles and Bits Olive, (healthy) Vittles and Bits Olive, (healthy) Vittles and Bits Olive, (healthy) Vittles and Bits

And then a few weeks ago I was able to get some more pictures. Because clearly, I don’t have enough…..

So she’s almost six months old in these next pictures.

A nice profile shot:Olive, (healthy) Vittles and Bits Olive, (healthy) Vittles and Bits

Look at those eyes…..  yeah….. she get’s away with everything.Olive, (healthy) Vittles and Bits Olive, (healthy) Vittles and Bits Olive, (healthy) Vittles and Bits Olive, (healthy) Vittles and Bits Olive, (healthy) Vittles and Bits Olive, (healthy) Vittles and Bits

I love this one because it looks like she’s trying to hold back a sneeze, hahaha.Olive, (healthy) Vittles and Bits Olive, (healthy) Vittles and Bits Olive, (healthy) Vittles and Bits Olive, (healthy) Vittles and Bits Olive, (healthy) Vittles and Bits Olive, (healthy) Vittles and Bits Olive, (healthy) Vittles and Bits Olive, (healthy) Vittles and Bits

“Hey!”Olive, (healthy) Vittles and Bits Olive, (healthy) Vittles and Bits

Such a happy girl :-)

So there you have it.  This is Olive.  I still miss my Luna all the time.  But at least I have a soft, snuggly puppy at home to help me heal.  Olive has big shoes to fill.  I guess it’s good that her feet are so huge.  We may end up with a 90 pound dog eventually….  Get used to seeing miss Ollie’s face because you guys know I always include my dog in my blog posts.

Now that I have a little bit of a break from Grad School, I’m looking forward to getting back into blogging a little bit more regularly.  I’ve got a handful of fun recipes, a July fitness challenge, and a giveaway planned.  So stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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