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Bringing Lucy home
October 21, 2013 - Linda Lobeck
The decision to get a new puppy was one that I thought about long and hard. Don't get me wrong, I love puppies and dogs of all ages and sizes. But I wasn't sure after losing our Gracie in March when I would be ready for another dog, let alone a puppy.
Part of the reason for getting a puppy was that we could raise it and teach it early on how to interact with my granddaughter. Getting an older dog from a rescue or shelter is a great thing, but you never know how they would adapt to an active two year-old. And I question whether that would be fair to either of them. Maddy loves dogs and I wouldn't want to have to limit her interaction with a dog we had. It's also a great teaching tool for her to watch out for the puppy and learn to take care of it.
But I finally did get the bug to start looking for another dog. I had seen an ad about a litter of poodle puppies a lady had and contacted her to let her know we were interested in seeing the one little red poodle girl. We met her in Green Bay, Wis., and adopted Lucy into the family.
She is a sweet little girl and has taken over the household almost overnight. We actually had Maddy was with us when we went to pick her up and she was so excited. She loves puppies and would have taken home the other three in the litter without batting an eye.
The last time I had a puppy was 10 years ago and before that 16 years ago, which were the ages of my other two dogs, Brandy and Gracie, when they left us.
If you go about adopting a dog at this age - 11 weeks or less - you have to be prepared to deal with a lot of in and out of the house as you potty train the dog. And you have to remember that they will chew on anything left around - shoes, dolls, socks, slippers, etc.
We do kennel her when we are not around for her safety, but we need to make sure that only her toys are within reach when she's out and about the house. I needed to remind Maddy of that this weekend not to leave things on the floor that Lucy might get to and she was very good about it.
All in all, Lucy been a very good girl with only a few accidents. In the short span of a week's time, she has pretty much wrapped everyone around her little paw and we've found a special place in our hearts for her.
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Maddy with our new puppy, Lucy