How do you mend a broken heart?

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.

11 thoughts on “How do you mend a broken heart?

  1. Oh, Lucy is a beauty! I love her coloring! And those Corgi ears just make me laugh. There is nothing in the world more cheerful than Corgi ears. You guys will give Lucy a fine and loving home!

  2. Dorothy, what a beautiful dog – and I think you had just a wonderful opportunity to adopt Lucy. And if that dog is as sweet as my mother – very appropriately named. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I can’t believe it’s almost Sunday – and then we have Monday on its heels.


  3. What a beautiful pup! And how wonderful that everything fell into place for ALL of you!

    Congrats on your beautiful new baby!!

    When my Jaxon died I thought my broken heart would never mend. He died on Feb. 13, 2005. My P-Man made my shriveled Grinch heart grow to five times it’s size on Feb. 24, 2005 and every day since 🙂

    I still miss my Jaxon (and Mickie) but my P-Man makes it hurt less.

  4. How wonderful! Lucy is adorable, and I am so happy for you and Bill. Of course, Hester will always be in your hearts. However, Lucy and Milo prove that we all have this huge capacity to love. I am elated that your home and hearts are filled again with Corgi love. Great pics! Enjoy every minute, every second with your beloved pets. What a wonderful Christmas this will be for all of you.

  5. Lucy is adorable! New pets don’t take the old ones’ places, but are unique unto themselves. Hmmm, I wonder if you will end up with a puppy next year?

  6. I am so happy for you, and Lucy. She is not a replacement for Hester, but a testament to the wonderful relationship that you had with her. (And she just might be a bit of a band-aid for that broken heart.) She is a beautiful dog. I will look forward to the puppy time…. 🙂

  7. Lucy is beautiful.

    We were one of those families who waited, but we wouldn’t wait again. There is no distraction like a new dog to fall in love with. Lucy looks like she’s making that easy.

    The puppies will be great fun. Careful or you’ll end up a three dog household. 🙂

  8. I think Lucy will fill a different space in your heart, but it will help with the sadness you feel for Hester. She is certainly a beautiful dog, and it seems as if her settling in will lift your spirits.

    Great pictures and a great post.

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