A Change in Direction

Some things are not meant to be.  We knew that Lucy was a rather shy dog, but we thought she would blossom in our household.  However, from the beginning it was obvious that she was very unhappy.  We managed to get her to go outside in the fenced area to go potty, but otherwise she was terrified of going outside.  When we tried to take her for a walk, you would think we were leading her to slaughter.  Inside she jumped at every little thing.  We were in touch with her breeder every step of the way.  She said that once in a blue moon there will be a dog that is only comfortable in the home where she’s been raised and Lucy is just one of those dogs.  She assured us that it was not us, but Lucy.  So, Lucy has been returned.  The breeder has also assured us that she will have a home with them for life.  You should have seen Lucy when we let her in the door to the breeder – you could not imagine a happier dog!  And she kept running up to us and wanting us to pet her.  It was if she was saying, "Thank you, thank you!"

But all is well because look what came home with us:

Maggie1

This is Maggie!

Maggie2

She is 12 weeks old and in perfect condition.  I think this is a wonderful match.  She is confident but not aggressive, affectionate but not needy.  She’s been very curious, exploring everything and doesn’t even seem deterred by Kirby, who is less than pleased.  Of course, now we have our work cut out for us.  It’s been a long time since we had a baby in the house.  Bill spent yesterday puppy proofing and I know that we have many hours to spend out in the cold convincing Maggie that yes, she DOES need to go potty. 

Lucy did leave me with one little remembrance:

Sockmess

It seems she had a fondness for yarn.  Several times I caught her stealing this sock yarn, but she always surrendered it willingly.  While I was at work Bill left her unguarded for just a little while and came back to find this.  One of my Harmony needles was broken in three pieces.  Yes, I know they come in sets of 6, but I already lost one on the airplane coming home.  So I’ll need to replace this set.  I’m still untangling the yarn! 

I have to say, though, that I’m not sorry we gave Lucy a try.  She was a sweet little girl and she really helped ease the sorrow in our hearts.  Now I have a feeling we’ll be way too busy to let grief overwhelm us.  Color me a happy person!

11 thoughts on “A Change in Direction

  1. I have to laugh – because Maggie is a nickname for Margaret – and sometimes I use it – kind of as a less inhibited “alter ego.” No, I don’t have a split personality, maybe at times we all wish we could get out of ourselves a bit. So – I am very honored you have a dog somewhat named like ME – even though Lucy didn’t work out. Dogs have such different personalities, and I truly hope this one is the ONE. – Love your socks and sock yarn – beautiful. I knit for the first time on circulars that I bought from Knit Pix – Wow – I am in love. My fingers fairly flew on my humble discloth.

    Love,
    Margaret “Maggie”

  2. Oh, Dorothy. What a mix of feelings you must have had. Of course, you did the right thing my returning Lucy. And Maggie is adorable. I have no doubt she’s just the proper fit for all of you. I know what you mean about puppy training. I don’t think I could go through it again. Wolfie was a tough one to train. So nice that Milo just walked in the door and knew what to do. I’ll look forward to lots of posts and pics about your new baby.

  3. Welcome to Dorothy’s Home for Wayward Corgis Maggie!

    She’s beyond sweet and what a good looking dog! I love those big chubby paws Corgis have!

    I hope you, Maggie and Bill have a wonderful, non-yarn destroying life together and I hope Lucy is happy too!

  4. She is beautiful! She kind of makes me want to have another puppy, I know it’s craz talk, I have more babies than I can handle right now. :p Welcome to the Waite family, Maggie. Btw, I love her big ears and fat paws. 🙂

    Abby

  5. Tough decision, I am sure, but also the best. I agree with the breeder – some dogs are just one home kinda folks. I don’t think Sofee would ever adjust elsewhere. She “endures” spending vacations at my daughter’s house…with Herky, whom she adores. But she is very much waiting for our return. You undoubtedly made the correct decision for Lucy – as hard as it must have been.

    I LOVE the photo of Maggie and hour husband. It appears to be an exchange of endearing gazes!! So sweet!

    Oh yes…those “baby” months. I remember…LOL

    Watching your family cement itself will be great fun. Congratulations to all!

  6. She’s even cuter when she’s awake. What fun you’re going to have.

    Looks like she’s got you wrapped around her furry puppy paw already. Enjoy. Hope to be entertained with many puppy pictures and stories in the months to come.

  7. OH, I want to hug Maggie! What a sweet puppy! I’m glad you are wise and loving dog parents, and let Lucy go back to her “people.” Congratulations on the new baby!

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