Good Dog Lucy
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
I have two dogs Buck and Lucy. They are from the same litter but look entirely different. They are a combination of hound, collie and lab. They are my best friends.
I didn't want them, I wanted a older rescue; but DH saw two lone 8 week old puppies on a cold kennel floor and begged me to bring them home. He promised to watch them during the day (his office was at home) if I'd take over after my job. in the evening. Lucy already had broken ribs from having been kicked, and Buck was the runt. How could I say no? So home they came.
A month later my 55 year old reservist husband was activated into the war. Suddenly it was me and two broken puppies. That was 9 years ago. Husband is home, a little worse for the wear. Lucy and Buck have been my constant companions. We've hiked the hills in Vermont every season. Walked for miles when I was troubled and when I was joyous. We've walked through thunderstorms and blizzards. They kept up with me when I was learning to run, a favorite activity of Bucks', but Lucy is not too found of it. They stayed in my bed until I was well after a surgery.
This January when ill health attacked me, they stared at me, cuddled with me, and waited until I was well enough to start our walks again. Buck, my lean mean running machine ,kept fit by running through the woods everyday, but Lucy preferred to stay with me, at the foot of my bed or on the sofa. So when we started walking, I wasn't the only one who needed to lose weight.
Remember the square ottoman dog in the cartoon 'Beauty and the Beast", well that's what dear Lucy looks like. She wasn't keen on our new exercise program, but she does love to walk with Buck and I so out she came.
I'm the cross between the two temperments and it showed today. I wanted to run and run with Buck. The desire clouded my weight and ill-fitness . I've been down this road before in the last few weeks, pushing too hard too fast and ending up sick again.
But spring was in the air. I had begun to lift weights. The future seemed like now, and I forgot the pull in my calf and the soreness along my side. Lucy slowed, she looked up at me with faithful eyes but there was something else. I watched her limp. She limped fast to keep up with Buck. She limped fast to be my companion. She limped.
She reminded me that I need to trust in God's time, not mine. That I need to care for myself with kindness as I need to care for her. So, I came home. Cut the walk short,
Gave them both a treat for being such good teachers and started a fire .
All is well with the world.