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:
This is Maggie!
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:
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!