Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Life Goes On............

It has been a hard 2 weeks in our household.  We have not been without a dog in over 29 years.  And Lily required a lot of time and care these past 10 months, her passing left a big, big void.  Not only in hearts but in just our every day routine.  The Husband and I couldn't seem to find a groove, we always seemed restless, everyday without purpose.

Finally we started to talk about another dog, but it was hard and it was hard not having one.  We were so torn.

I think the turning point came last Saturday after we cut the grass. It was the first time since Lily's been gone that we cut it and a ritual in our house is that when we get done, we go in the house and call "Fresh cut grass!  Who wants to roll in fresh cut grass?" and out  both Lily and Edgrrr would go.  Well, it really hit me for some reason, such a mundane chore as cutting the grass seemed purposeless because I had no dogs to run, roll and relish in simple pleasure of fresh cut grass.

I cried, and cried, and cried some more.  The Husband cried, and cried, cried with me.  Finally he said let's at least go look at some dogs on net.  We looked at rescues and puppies.  Most of the rescues we were interested in were in central or south Florida, most of the puppies were there too, and more than we could afford at the moment.

Then a young man caught our eye.  We emailed the rescue, he was available and the more she told us about him the more we were interested and he was only 2 hours away.  We made arrangements to see him on Monday.

But Sunday night I got terrible cold feet.  Could I love him? Would he love me?  Would he truly be my dog, someone else raised him?  We had no experience with rescues, what if were getting someone else's problem? Maybe it was too soon? But the house was so empty..........what should we do?

We went........and we are so glad we did, meet  Louis the VII (Rottie)....

He is from Last Hope Rescue in Tallahassee. Him and his Dad were rescued  from the Pasco County shelter in April.  His Dad had already been adopted out and this guy was still waiting for the right home.

They said his surrender papers said he was 3 years old but we are thinking more like 1 1/2 - 2 yrs.  He is the sweetest dog, smart and lovey.  We have only had him a little over 48hrs but he is settling in nice.

I still miss Lily so much, tears welling up when I think of her.  I can still feel myself massaging her little stump while she laid in my lap every evening.  And I think of Ed often, missing his clownish behavior.

But life has a little more meaning now.  It has purpose.  It has Louie.......................


  1. Congrats on your new friend! New pets never replace the old, but they do help with the healing I think. And some of us were just meant to share our lives with animals.

  2. I'm so very happy for you. I know how you miss Lily... but Louie will help heal your heart. I have tears of happiness and sadness at the very same time...

    Enjoy Louie.

  3. So nice to meet Louis and we send him a warm welcome. Thumbs up for rescuing him and great times ahead for all of you. Sad about Lily but you are giving another dgolet a chance for life. Pop over and say hello sometime and we hope Louis and I can be friends.
    Best wishes Molly

  4. Welcome home, Louie, you are going to have a great life!

    Mango Momma

  5. A huge welcome to Louie! We know how much you miss Lily, you have such happy memories. You have so much love to give to your new boy and he to you!

    Extra Big Nose Pokes
    The Thugletsx

  6. I just came over from Mango's blog, to say hello. I can completely relate to that dog-sized hole in one's daily routine. I felt just the same when my Westie died rather suddenly a couple of years ago. Within two months, I had my hands full with a wire-haired fox terrier puppy Bertie.
    So anyway, welcome to Louie. He looks a grand chap, and I hope he continues to settle well.
    Cheers, Gail (and Bertie).

  7. This is pawesome news! We are so glad that Louie is at home!

    Sam and Pippen

  8. So sorry to hear about your loss. I have also had the experience of not knowing what to do with myself after the loss of a high-maintenance sick dog. I am so happy, however, that you and Louie have come into each other's lives and wish you many years of happiness together. Rescued dogs are wonderful!!!

  9. Concats on Louie..... he can never replace the loss, but he will fill the hole in your heart and help you make new happy memories....

  10. Welcome Deew Louie!!!!
    I know you will be able to heal youw pawents heawts, not weplacing Lilly, but cawwying on the love
    smoochie kisses

  11. Congratulations on your newest addition! I know it is so hard to lose a dog - I went through that last year. I wasn't ready to adopt for another year, but I too felt the void of not having a dog so I did foster for a little while and it really helped. Life just isn't the same without a dog! Louie is very fortunate to have you as his new humans!

  12. I am so glad you guys got another doggie. My owner thinks that doggies make the world go round. There will always be a special part of your heart that belongs to those doggies that have touched it.

    We are still missing our two doggies that went to doggie heaven recently but now instead of sadness we are smiling and remembering all the good times. We are also getting ready to introduce a new member into the family soon.

    Congratulations and welcome Louie. I can't wait to hear all about you.



  13. Oh LOUIE!! Welcome, welcome!! We have tears of joy and sadness, too; but our mom just can't imagine a home (especially a rottie-home) without a rottie! We are SO, SO happy that you've found your furever home. And, you are quite handsome to boot! You remind mom of Bart!!

    -Bart and Ruby

    We are looking forward to getting to know you better!

  14. PS - Louie is a GREAT name for a rottie!!

  15. We're still mourning the loss of our Thor. But when I saw Louie's picture over at Mango's blog, I had to stop by and say hello! He's one cute little guy! I'm happy that you found each other!

  16. We are so happy that you have Louie! Angel Maggie passed away almost 5 months ago and I have a new little AireSissy to love and play with. You gotta smile!

    Love ya lots,
    Mitch and Molly

  17. Howdy All, oh this has made us so very happy. We too know exactly how you feel. We had a dogless household after our old girl Kara passed to the Rainbow Bridge and just couldn't cope with it. Then we got Stella and two months later we got Rory and life rolled on once again. We will always dearly love our dogs that have passed on and then we just seem to grow more love for the ones sharing our lives at this moment. Welcome Louie, you have landed on your feel little man. No worries, and love, Carol (and Stella and Rory

  18. Welcome, Louis! Lily did a great job helping to create a perfect rottie home, and we suspect she had a paw in guiding your pawrents to the perfect rottie for them. We're rescue doggies, and before us mama had Dane rescues for many years. Rescue dogs ROCK!

    Jed & Abby

  19. Well done:) And welcome, Louie. So many conflicting emotions at this time, I know. Been there, done that. I just say it's not right to deny a deserving dog a wonderful home for a day longer than necessary. I know Louie will have a wonderful home with you and be a great comfort too, I'm so pleased:)

  20. Mango sent me and I would like to welcome Louie!!! Congratulations on having your furever home. I know you will be happy and I can't wait to read about your new adventures. I hope we can be pals

    Loveys Sasha

  21. Hello Louie, we have just come from Mango's blog to introduce ourselves and say hello. We are so happy you have found a lovely furever home.

    Have a grrrrreat weekend.

    Molly, Taffy, Monty and Winnie

  22. I have always rescued rotts and have never regretted one of them... even older ones! They have all been a blessing! I'm betting your Louis is too!