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Why does this feel like a confession AND an announcement?

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Maybe because a slice of my gray matter feels a pang of guilt because I still miss Olive so very much. And yet I also think she would approve - truly.

I certainly wasn’t planning on this. Not one iota. But here it is:
We adopted a rescue dog!

Yes our hearts were aching with the loss of our French Bulldog Olive this past October. My goodness her 4- legged life affected so many. She oozed love and joy. Just exploded with silliness. Oh that dog.

And then the massive California fires hit. We were safe but the windows had to be shut 24/7. The acrid smoke drifted all around. Local news broadcasted the severity of it all constantly. Boy it kept me up at night. Not only did humans need assistance but the animals too. Shelters and rescue’s bursting at the seams.

I told another SparkPal that I felt this deep need to pay the love that Olive gave us forward somehow. Long story short, we went to a rescue to meet a specific dog and it didn’t work out (not allowed to be in a home with cats).
Hubby started to wheel me toward the door so we could go to the car and then WHOOPSIES we came home with this terrier puppy. A puppy?!? We had only planned on meeting an adult dog and here we just adopted a puppy. Did I mention that she was covered in pee? Oh boy.

We went home and the DH raced to the pet store to buy the bare necessities (because we had donated every single thing we could and packed away every sweet memory of Olive that was not framed). I took that opportunity to have a heart to heart talk with currently unnamed ‘Pee Pee Dog’. I told her that she was now in a home where another pup lived for a long time, and we would do our best to give her all of the love that she could handle from us as well. I guess I also needed a bit of closure with Olive myself.

The DH got naming rights this time. Her name is Robie. This is going to be exciting : )

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    What a sweet little creature. Adorable.
    493 days ago
    Congrats on the new dog!
    688 days ago
    Awe, Sweetie!

    I am excited and I hope things are going well with Peepee dog.

    I know you miss Olive very much. I myself miss Jake the cat. He was stupid and nonplussed most of the time, but he was adorable and loved to cuddle.

    I do hope you are doing well.

    693 days ago
    Olive would definitely approve!
    773 days ago
    How exciting! Olive would be pleased I think that your heart is opened again for a furry four legged friend. What better commemorative gesture than to save and love a rescue pup! Blessings!
    773 days ago
    Oh Bren Congratulations!!!!
    I am so happy for you and Robie. You and Olive have so much love between you that is overflows to the benefit of this sweet pup. Wildfires....right?? It all worked out as it should have and yay, puppy shopping! I can't wait to see more pics and hear fun stories about your adventures together! emoticon
    775 days ago
    This is so very wonderful. Yes, Olive would love that your heart is open and has rescued another fur baby. Enjoy!
    775 days ago
    Thank you for sharing.
    Yes, I understand. I felt the same way when our dog Luke passed away in 2014. I did not want to wait for a very long time before getting another dog because I felt like Luke would have wanted me to give love to another dog. However my husband needed a few years before he felt ready to adopt another dog.
    True, sometimes it's best to stop and mourn the loss of a pet before getting a new one. It's not wise to rush to 'replace' a pet one lost, i think, as I've seen people do, losing one dog and getting a new one right the next day.
    But if you love dogs / pets and you have love and enough money and time to care for one, it may be a very good choice to get a rescue dog. All our dogs came from a shelter.

    Wishing you and your husband and most of all Robie lots of luck and happiness.
    775 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/28/2019 11:49:10 AM
  • PHOENIX1949

    Great to hear your news. I think our love for our furchildren is special for each one just like a mother can love multiple children without shortchanging anyone.

    Looking forward to Robie updates as her personality emerges in her new digs.
    775 days ago
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