How do you mend a broken heart?
Her name is Lucy!
I know a lot people have said they couldn’t get a new dog right away, but not us. There was definitely a Corgi-sized hole in our hearts that needed filling. We actually hadn’t intended to get another dog until spring when the breeder said she would be having puppies. But Bill had been in touch with her to find out if she knew of anyone having puppies before then. His intention was to surprise me for my birthday. She knew how much we were hurting and she offered Lucy as her gift to us! Lucy is just a year old and a perfect show quality specimen. The problem is that she doesn’t like dog shows. While her brother preened and strutted and said, "Look at me!", Lucy said, "Thanks, but no thanks." She does come with a catch. She has such excellent bloodlines that the breeder would like her to have a litter next year. We will need to return her to be bred, but can keep her during her pregnancy. She will return to the breeder’s a week before she gives birth and will come back to us as soon as her puppies are weaned. And the breeder (who normally does not allow visitors to new puppies) will allow us to visit any time during the 4-6 weeks she will be there.
We just picked her up this afternoon, but she is settling in very well. She’s already learned to use the doggie door and Kirby is being fairly nonchalant about the whole thing. He’s come down on her a couple of times to remind her that he is top dog, but she seems pretty willing to let him retain his status. It was a little bittersweet visiting the breeder. This picture is of me, Lucy and Hester’s sister:
Hester’s mother was there as well as several other brothers and sisters. It’s a little early to tell exactly how Lucy’s temperament will settle in, but I believe she is going to be as sweet and gentle as Hester. While our hearts still ache for Hester, we are so happy to be making a home for Lucy and so grateful to the breeder for entrusting one of her girls to us.