The first week of April 2014, a beautiful puppy found our doorstep with her brother. After an unsuccessful attempt at finding her owner, Jason and I took this little puppy into our lives and adopted her. We adopted Lucy April 11, 2014 when she was 3 – months old.
My life has forever changed since that day.
Since I work from home doing freelance work for multiple papers in Arizona, Tennessee and Florida, I am fortunate enough to spend my days with this incredibly sweet puppy Lucy.
Here is a page dedicated to Lucy and the many adventures we have gone on since April.
The Adventures of Lucy . . .
The first blog I wrote about Lucy was April 14, 2014 titled “Rescued.”
I was still asleep when Jason came upstairs into our bedroom and said “Meghan,” which scared me awake. I was in a really deep sleep. He said come on I need your help. I got out of bed, got dressed and walked outside. I was greeted by two adorable little puppies eager to have human attention.
Read more at https://meghan80.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/rescued/
The second blog about Lucy, April 22, 2014 was titled “One healthy puppy.”
I am beyond thrilled to say that our puppy Lucy is healthy. I’ve been worried since she arrived, especially since we know absolutely nothing about her parents, where she came from and how long she was wandering outside.
The third blog, “Lucy’s first hike” was written on April 27, 2014
Yesterday we decided to take Lucy on her first hike at a park not too far from where we live.
Ever since we brought her home at the beginning of April, I have been thinking about places we could take her. Let’s just say I’ve been pretty excited about including this little puppy in our outdoor adventures.
The fourth blog, “So much joy,” inspired me on May 4, 2014.
It’s hard to believe a little puppy can bring so much joy to my life. She’s the best little companion.
The fifth blog, “Loved by all” is about her first long car ride, written on May 12, 2014
This past weekend we took Lucy on her first real road trip to Maryland to visit with my brother’s family and celebrate his oldest son’s 3rd birthday.
The sixth blog, “Clarity” includes Lucy and two other important people in my life. Written May 24, 2014
Life sometimes can throw you curve balls and send you on a winding road that is hard to navigate.
The outcome of your destination is completely up to you.
Read more at https://meghan80.wordpress.com/2014/05/24/clarity/
The seventh blog, “Me time” was written on May 25, 2014
I’m finally returning to my routine, which means my days are filled with a little me time.
This past month, well more than a month, has been a little tricky for me to get away and go to the gym.
Read more at https://meghan80.wordpress.com/2014/05/25/me-time/
The eighth blog, “Exercise buddy” was written on May 26, 2014
Instead of heading to the gym and putting Lucy in her crate, I decided to take her and I out for some exercise.
The ninth blog, “Keeps going,” was inspired by our first real run. Written on May 28, 2014
This morning Lucy woke up with a ton of energy. She was already sprinting through the house before 9 a.m.
The tenth blog, “Passion intensified,” shares our running story. Written on June 1, 2014
My passion for running has hit a whole new level, thanks to my almost 5 month old puppy, Lucy, who has joined me on my exercise adventures.
The eleventh blog, “Lucy helped us achieve a new distance,” was inspired by the run we had this morning. All 3.61 miles of that spectacular run. Written on June 2, 2014
I’m still in shock of how far Lucy and I ran this morning on the Kingsport Greenbelt.
The twelfth blog, “A day in the rain,” shares our adventure at Laurel Run Park. Written on June 3, 2014
Although Lucy and I woke up around our normal time, a little after 7 a.m., Jason wasn’t too keen on getting out of bed just yet. I didn’t blame him, it was his first day off in I don’t know how long. So Lucy, Kimber and I curdled up alongside him in bed and fell back asleep until he was ready to wake for the day.
We finally headed out the door around 9:30 a.m.
The thirteenth blog, “Good ending,” talks about the 2.48 miles we ran on the Kingsport, Greenbelt. Written on June 8, 2014.
I had to get rid of the stress of the day and give some one-on-one time to Lucy. So we went to our favorite place the Kingsport Greenbelt. It felt so good to be outdoors for an evening run.
Read more at: https://meghan80.wordpress.com/2014/06/08/good-ending/
The fourteenth blog, “Emotional day” shares the story of dropping Lucy off at Banfield for surgery. Written on June 14, 2014.
I was okay until I walked back towards the car with no puppy. I have no idea why I became so emotional, but my eyes began filling with tears as I sat in the car.
Read more at: https://meghan80.wordpress.com/2014/06/14/emotional-day/
The fifteenth blog, “Camped out on the floor,” shares the restless night Lucy and I had camping out on the living room floor. Written on June 16, 2014.
Since her surgery on Friday I have put her cone on when we go to bed to distract her from licking. This unfortunately has been super uncomfortable and last night she fought it. She wouldn’t settle down.
The sixteenth blog, “In the clear,” was a great day because Lucy could go back to being a puppy. Written on June 20, 2014.
When she told me “Lucy’s stomach looks beautiful” I kissed Lucy on the head and said “yeah we can go back to normal.”
Read more at: https://meghan80.wordpress.com/2014/06/20/in-the-clear/
The seventeenth blog, “Six-months old,” was written on June 21. 2014.
Every day this little puppy brings a smile to my face. If it’s not her adorable expressions, it’s her crazy running while she plays, or the simple ways she gets my attention.
Read more at: https://meghan80.wordpress.com/2014/06/21/six-months-old/
The eighteenth blog, “Morning hike to Margarette Falls,” shares the adventures Lucy, Jason and I took in Greeneville, Tennessee. Written on July 1, 2014.
Lucy is becoming braver, which gets me excited. Every detour Jason takes off the path, Lucy is right there at his heels eager to experience his adventure. Today she even took a dive into the water, accidentally of course, but it brought the biggest smile to my face. She’s always so careful to jump from rock to rock as we cross creeks, so she doesn’t get wet.
Read more at: https://meghan80.wordpress.com/2014/07/01/morning-hike-to-margarette-falls/
The nineteenth blog, “Our favorite adventure: Devil’s Bath Tub,” explains our favorite new location to explore in Virginia. Written on July 12, 2014.
After whimpering for a minute or two, and with us encouraging her, she finally rocked back and jumped as far as she could make it, which, yep, ended up leaving her splashing right in the water. Lucy kicked and swam to the next rock, jumping from dry spot to dry spot before making it to the other side. As soon as she made it on dry land she shook a few times before trotting along behind Jason.
The twentieth blog, “My best little buddy,” shares the companionship this little puppy and I share. Written on July 22, 2014.
Yesterday was a rough day, which I know Lucy picked up on because she made me smile every chance she had. If she wasn’t doing something silly, she was curling up on my lap or giving me kisses.
The twenty-first blog, “Came to my rescue,” shares our adventure out in the rain at the Devil’s Bath Tub. Written on July 24, 2014.
By this point, I had picked Lucy up and wrapped her in my shirt, which was gaining dampness by the minute. Thank goodness I packed another long sleeve Under Armour shirt that I could wear. This poor puppy of ours gets cold really fast.
The twenty-second blog, ” Little Stony Falls: a Virginia adventure,” is yet about another hike with little Lucy. Written on July 26, 2014.
I often times wonder what she takes in while we are on our hikes. Lucy is very observant, that I know for sure.
The twenty-third blog, “Fall is upon us,” shares some of the fall colors we saw during our 5+ mile walk and hike at Steele Creek Park. Written on Aug. 29, 2014.
For a good portion of the hike, Lucy led the way until Jason made his way to the front. At one point I took Lucy off the leash and let her trail Jason’s heals as he hiked.
Read more at: https://meghan80.wordpress.com/2014/08/29/fall-is-upon-us/
The twenty-fourth blog, “10.1” shares Lucy and my success of running for the week. Written on Aug. 30, 2014.
Lucy, my puppy and I, went running on the Kingsport Greenbelt 5 days this week for a total of 10.1 miles. (We also walked and hiked 5+ miles with Jason this week. Lucy and I only took one day off!! I have to admit I feel amazing!!)
Read more at: https://meghan80.wordpress.com/2014/08/30/10-1/
The twenty-fifth blog, “A beautiful morning hike,” shares our adventure at Bays Mountain with Jason. Written on Sept. 4, 2014.
We hiked 3.74 miles on a trail that took us from an elevation of 1,667 feet to 2,206 feet. When we hit that incline, a rather long incline on Cherry Knobs, my calves were burning something fierce.
The twenty-sixth blog, “Morning run,” talks about another run on the Kingsport Greenbelt with Lucy. Written on Sept. 7, 2014.
We ran 2.34 miles this morning. It was a hot and sticky run, but it felt great as always.
Read more at: https://meghan80.wordpress.com/2014/09/07/morning-run-2/
The twenty-seventh blog, “Another chapter begins” shares the excitement of putting a deposit down on a house to rent in Kingsport that has a huge backyard for Lucy. Written on Sept. 13, 2014.
On Sept. 4, Jason and I headed to Bays Mountain for a morning hike outdoors on one of the many beautiful trails. On our drive back home Jason turned into a driveway, which I was not expecting at all. This cute little house had a “For Rent” sign in the front yard. Since we had Lucy with us, I stayed in the car, while Jason peeked through the windows and walked around back.
The twenty-eighth blog, ” Chilly morning run,” shares our running improvement, as well as the ducks and geese we spotted on the Kingsport Greenbelt. Written on Sept. 14, 2014.
Nonetheless we ran 2.22 miles at an average speed of 4 miles an hour. The speed is what got me excited. We increased our speed.
The twenty-ninth blog, “Off on the right foot,” shares yet another morning run. Written on Sept. 18, 2014.
Lucy definitely loves the cooler temperatures, she was going at a pretty steady, fast pace the entire time.
The thirtieth blog, “Perfect ending” shares my feelings of this little lifelong companion I now have. Written on Sept. 18, 2014.
She went absolutely nuts sprinting in every direction. I love when she goes nuts, it’s adorable to witness.
The thirty-first blog, “New route = success” talks about the new route Lucy and I took for our late morning run. Written on Sept. 19, 2014.
Today we changed up our routine. Instead of going our usual route, I decided we would head right instead of left from the PetSmart parking area. What a great idea. We ran 2.54 miles today, our longest run so far this week.
Read more at: https://meghan80.wordpress.com/2014/09/19/new-route-success/
The thirty-second blog, “12.09,!!” I’m happy to say is about our new best running distance for the week. Written on Sept. 20, 2014.
I am happy to report that Lucy and I finished the week off with 12.09 miles, surpassing our last record of a total of 10.1 miles for a week.
Read more at: https://meghan80.wordpress.com/2014/09/20/12-09/
The thirty-third blog, “Perfect couple of weeks” shares the time spent with my parents, my brother and his family, as well as moving into our new home. Written on Oct. 7, 2014.
The last few weeks have been nonstop . . . with that said, I wouldn’t change a thing. My parents flew into town on Sept. 23 and spent a few days with us before Jason and I drove them to Maryland, so they could end their vacation with my brother and his family.
Read more at: https://meghan80.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/perfect-couple-of-weeks/
The thirty-fourth blog, “Breathtaking fall afternoon run,” includes some incredible fall photographs during our first run in more than 20 days. Written on Oct. 13, 2014.
Lucy and I have taken way too much time off from running these last few weeks, due to my parents coming into town (we went hiking instead) and Jason and I moving into our new home. Plus, it has been nonstop raining for the last I don’t know how many days making it difficult to go anywhere.
Read more at: https://meghan80.wordpress.com/2014/10/13/breathtaking-fall-afternooon-run/
The thirty-fifth blog, “Chilly and soggy, but gorgeous run,” shares our wet adventures this morning. Written on Oct. 15, 2014.
We were left with the option of only going to the left because the path was pretty wet and under water to the right of our entrance way off of the PetSmart parking lot.
Instead of hearing the crunch of leaves as we ran, the only sound was the rushing of water, the slosh of the leaves as we made contact with them and birds chirping.
The thirty-sixth blog, “Picture perfect running day,” shares how Lucy and I took advantage of the blue sky and 70 degree weather for another run. Written on Oct. 17, 2014.
So this afternoon with temperatures in the 70s, a slight wind and blue skies, my puppy and I went to our go to place, the Kingsport Greenbelt. Today we were able to head in the opposite direction because the path was dry. This route always graces us with a successful distance, a further running distance.
The thirty-seventh blog, “Surpassed running goal,” talks about the 3.13 miles we ran today. A new achievement. Written on Oct. 19, 2014.
I’m not sure if it was the cooler temperatures, my car said it was in the mid 50s before we got out, or running a new path . . . but we ran our longest distance yet. The longest since I began tracking our exercise on a running app on my phone. Previously our longest run was 2.89 miles.
The thirty-eighth blog, “Fun in the leaves,” shares a ton of pictures of Lucy in the leaves. Written on Oct. 21, 2014.
It was in no way shape or form an easy task, but Lucy and I had fun. I used sticks, acorns and even treats to try to get her to sit still, which of course only worked about a third of the time. It was fun nonetheless . . . as Lucy jumped to grab the leaves, acorns and sticks. It was really cute to see her reaction as I threw leaves on her back . . .
The thirty-ninth blog, “I’m in love,” includes a ton of fall pictures that Lucy and I saw during our hike at Bays Mountain. Written on Oct. 25, 2014.
For a week now, I have been staring out my office window wishing I was hiking the trails at Bays Mountain instead of being stuck at my desk working. The stunning fall colors were constantly catching my attention with the curtains drawn causing me to drift away from the work before me.
The outdoors were calling me . . . .
Read more at: https://meghan80.wordpress.com/2014/10/25/im-in-love/
The fortieth blog, “Cold, but surprisingly good run,” shares the challenges I had with Lucy today. Written on Nov. 2, 2014.
The third thing I learned today was Lucy runs even faster in colder temperatures. We really never have an issue with her running too far ahead of me, even on a short leash. Lucy’s usually running at my side or just a step or two in front of me. Well, today it was a different story. She was running, at times pulling me, as she maneuvered along the path. Lucy is barely nine pounds and she was pulling me!
The forty-first blog, “Registered for my first 5K!,” shares our run, as well as my excitment of registering for my first 5K race in Kingsport. Written on N0v. 3, 2014.
I finally did it. I registered for my first 5K race.
We ran 2.33 miles with only one brief stop. I had to take off one of the three layers I put on and Lucy had to take a quick bathroom break. One brief stop and we ran more than half the distance I need to complete the 5K! I was so proud of Lucy, well me for that matter too. We usually stop halfway through our run for 5 plus minutes sometimes.
The forty-second blog, “Time out for play,” includes adorable pictures of Lucy having fun in a pile of leaves. Written on Nov. 5, 2014
An afternoon trip to the store ended with the purchase of a rake for our yard . . . which of course turned into time out for play with Lucy.
Lucy kept busy finding acorns while I raked leaves into a huge pile under an oak tree in the backyard. The tree is absolutely beautiful!
The forty-third blog, “Never a dull moment,” shares a new favorite picture of her new find. Written on Nov. 20, 2014
I know I have said this a million times, but Lucy has been the perfect addition to our crazy little family.
There is never a dull moment . . . she is always making me laugh at something silly.
Yesterday I think was the icing on the cake.
The forty-fourth blog, “Finally a day of running” shares a ton of pictures of Lucy on the Greenbelt during our cool down walk. Written on Dec. 5, 2014.
The weather has been the absolute pits all week-long with rain every day since Tuesday. I could not tell you the last time we actually had some sun.
The forty-fifth blog, “Achieved a new distance” tells the story of yet another new running distance. Written on Dec. 15, 2014.
As those thoughts consumed me, we achieved our longest distance to-date. We ran 4.03 miles with an average speed of 4.5 mph and a maximum speed of 9.2 mph.
My legs carried me to a new personal best.
Read more at https://meghan80.wordpress.com/2014/12/15/achieved-a-new-distance/
The forty-sixth blog, “The life of two” shares how much Lucy has been a blessing. Written on Jan. 13, 2015.
Ten-months ago my life forever changed when a little lost and scarred puppy captured my heart. I still remember that day like it was yesterday.
Lucy has been such a blessing, an incredible addition to our little family.
The forty-seventh blog, “Birthday Girl” was written on Jan. 21, 21015.
Lucy and I woke lazily this morning long after the sun rose. My thoughts instantly became clouded as I came to with a million little things running through my mind. Those thoughts were the same that consumed me the night before.
Lucy helped put a smile on my face erasing them all for a few minutes.
The forty-eighth blog, “Lucy’s first snow experience,” shares our snowy conditions after Winter Storm Octavia crossed our region. Written on Feb. 17, 2015.
Yesterday, Feb. 16, Kingsport received its first good snow this winter as Winter Storm Octavia crossed our region. It started snowing yesterday morning and remained pretty consistent into the evening after the sun went down.
The forty-ninth blog, “Broke my heart” shares an experience I will never forget after Lucy and I walked indoors from walking in the snow. Written on Feb. 18, 2015.
I finally was able to talk her into walking back under the house when she finally did her business. After telling her what a good girl she was we started walking through the snow to reach the sidewalk to the front door.
As soon as I opened the door, Lucy walked inside.
This is when the tears almost took hold . . .
The fiftieth blog “Fun in the snow” is an assortment of pictures sharing the story of Lucy playing in the snow. Written on Feb. 22, 2015.
After Jason got home from his day of work, Lucy and I joined him outside for some fun in the snow. The temperatures, although cold, were bearable enough to build a snowman, and let Lucy play.
The fifty-first blog “Another layer of snow” was written on Feb. 26, 2015.
I’m so proud of Lucy. She is getting the hang of going outside running crazy in the snow and even going to the bathroom IN THE SNOW! This morning when we ventured outside the snow was a little deeper than we both expected. Her legs disappeared as she walked to find a spot to go to the bathroom. My little short leg puppy.
The fifty-second blog, “Embrace them” was written on March 11, 2015.
We headed to the Boatyard portion of the Greenbelt. I’m so glad I decided to go for a walk with Lucy tonight. The temperatures were in the 60s, and although it was still somewhat cloudy, it was exactly what I needed.
We walked a little more than 2 miles. Well, Lucy ran as I speed walked behind her trying to keep up.
The fifty-third blog, “Rollercoaster” was written on March 13, 2015.
As Lucy and I embraced the 70 degree temperatures and occasional rays of sunshine, our speed was not fast, but consistent until my body told me no more.
I felt good when we called it quits. I was proud of myself for making it to the Greenbelt to go for a run.
The fifty-fourth blog, “Bittersweet” was written on March 15, 2015.
The last two days I have been stuck in doors because of the rain. So, this morning after a good night’s sleep, Lucy and I headed to the Greenbelt.
The weather was gorgeous with temperatures climbing into the 50’s. There was not a cloud in the sky. It was the perfect morning to go for a 3.21-mile run.
The fifty-fifth blog, “Flood of memories” was written on March 22, 2015.
I sat there on that rock for as long as Lucy let me.
The fifty-sixth blog, “Independence” was written on April 2, 2015.
Lucy and I have been venturing down to the Greenbelt quite often, which continues to help me sort through my thoughts, while keeping the positive energy flowing through every cell of my body.
Today we ran 3.78 miles. I’m proud of us for going this distance, especially since it was one of the hotter days since the awful cold winter months.
The fifty-seventh blog, “Forty-six,” was written on April 29, 2015.
Friday, April 24, I woke up beyond excited. My countdown was nearing the end. My countdown of when I could leave to pick up Jason.
As the morning progressed, my mood enhanced. The excitement was hard to control.
Friday marked the 47th day since Jason left. I was finally able to greet this man I love face-to-face at the Asheville airport.
The fifty-eighth blog, “More than a month ago,” was written on June 1, 2015.
It’s hard to believe I returned to Southwest Florida more than a month ago. I have spent a great deal of time with family and friends since returning, something that was hard to live without for almost two years.
One of my new favorite routines happens every Saturday. I spend the week looking forward to my early start that morning.
The fifty-ninth blog, “Another chapter starts,” was written on June 12, 2015.
The hardest part of Monday was saying goodbye to my little puppy who I have spent pretty much every day with since we adopted her in April 2014. The look she gave me as I closed the garage door made me smile as memories flooded of the time we have spent together. My heart broke a little knowing that she will now spend a good portion of the day alone.
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