Broke my heart

Broke my heart

My heart broke a little this morning.

We have quite a few inches of snow on the ground, which is beautiful. There’s just something peaceful about the grass blanketed with snow. A layer of white covering everything in sight. A certain kind of quietness takes hold as you become mesmerized by the tiny to large snowflakes falling in front of you.

This beauty, however, has been hard . . .

I’ve never experienced having a dog during the winter where there’s snow.

Lucy walking in the snow for the first time Monday, Feb. 16.

Lucy walking in the snow for the first time Monday, Feb. 16.

At first Lucy, our 13-month old puppy, loved playing in the snow before it accumulated and made a few inch layer over the grass. I have video of her running in circles picking up small pieces and tossing it in the air before eating little pieces.

One of the challenges I have found is Lucy finding somewhere to go to the bathroom. There are certain areas of the backyard where she will go, which are all off to the side of the property.

The first day we had snow she walked me over to her typical spot. When she couldn’t find the grass and leaves, she became confused and took me to another corner of the property.

As we walked, her little paws sunk into the snow, which made her balance shake a little. On our way back to the house, she found my foot prints and started using those to walk on. That’s one smart pup. Although this helped, at one point she stopped and began climbing up my leg, so I picked her up and carried her back to the house. I knew by that point, she could not handle the cold anymore.

You hear all the time that animals are affected by the cold weather too. That they too should be taken out of the elements.

I know how cold the temperatures are to me. I could only imagine how cold it is for Lucy. My feet are covered, as well as my entire body with layer upon layer. A dog has it’s fur, which I’m sure isn’t nearly as thick and warm as it needs to be to protect them from the cold.

As of this morning I have a full understanding of just how cold the elements are for my puppy.

We went outside, so she could go to the bathroom. We walked down the sidewalk around the side of the house. There’s an open space under our house that has some vegetation that hasn’t been touched by the snow. This is the only area I have found where she will go to the bathroom.

My little pokey puppy, however, had to check out the snow and sniff along the fence that runs alongside our property for a while all while sinking further into the snow turning her belly white. There is a beautiful German Shepherd that lives next door that runs along that fence. Lucy was smelling her scent.

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 . . .

When I closed the door Lucy collapsed after taking a few steps. As soon as her hind legs gave out, she started whimpering and looked up at me with the saddest eyes. The whimpering went right through me . . .

I quickly scooped her up and walked into my office where the little space heater was running. I wiped off her paws with a towel and sat in front of the heater with her in my lap until she stopped shaking.

Now I know just how cold and unpleasant it is for this poor little puppy to be outdoors.

When she was comfortable, I sat down and clicked on Facebook because it was showing I had a message. As I was scrolling through the feed I saw an article about keeping animals safe during this kind of weather.

The article said that dogs and cats have good heat exchange through their feet and pads, which means it doesn’t take much time for them to get cold. Dogs, according to the article, can get frost bite too.

I sure hope that’s not what Lucy just experienced.

My heart goes out to the dogs that are left outside during this kind of weather. Animals should have some kind of safe haven they can go to during extreme temperatures and weather conditions.

I know my puppy does. She is spoiled beyond belief . . . blankets, space heaters and even a little sweater to keep her warm.

I just hope that pet owners are smart and give their animals the correct care during snow storms and cold fronts that are expected to dip down into the negatives over the next few days.

 

Perfect ending

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After a long day at my desk, Lucy and I spent some time outdoors as the end of another day neared. The cool air that greeted us this morning remained tonight as Lucy chased one of her tennis balls. She went absolutely nuts sprinting in every direction. I love when she goes nuts, it’s adorable to witness.

Tonight as we played outside my mind kept drifting to the house we will be moving into next month.  Lucy’s not going to know what to do when she has a full, grassy yard to play in,  instead of a driveway. The excitement is definitely building.

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I seriously don’t know what I would do without this little lifelong companion.

Now with Jason working two jobs, it’s nice having her here with me.

Jason started working at his second job Tuesday night, which means I barely see him anymore. He leaves before 5 a.m. to go to his first job, returning in the late afternoon, before leaving a few hours later to go to his second job.

I’m grateful he is doing this for us. Working nonstop. I can’t help but love a dedicated man like that. I hope he makes incredible tip money without completely wearing himself out in the process! He’s worked two jobs in the past, so I know once his body gets into the routine he will be okay. But, I worry about him, especially since his day starts so early.

Although I work three jobs, I have the luxury of stepping away from my desk when I need a break. I can go outside for 5, 10, 15 minutes without worrying about the clock. The benefit from working from home. I just hope this two job situation doesn’t have to last too long.

So, I’m trying to make the best of the time we spend a part because I know it’s for the greater good, our future.

Lucy created that perfect ending tonight. She got me laughing nonstop! I love how much an animal can lift your spirits. How much they can make you smile, laugh, and enjoy life a little more.

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Another beautiful Kingsport sunset!

So much joy

It’s hard to believe a little puppy can bring so much joy to my life. She’s the best little companion.

This past month Lucy has completely changed my life. How a puppy only 15 to 16 weeks old can do that is beyond me.

Every once in a while I still think about her life before us.

Where did she come from? Who was her owner before? What kind of owner was he or she? The one that always repeats itself is how can someone dump this little precious puppy?

Lucy has the sweetest personality.  I couldn’t fathom just dropping her off some where letting her fend for herself.

Those thoughts always bring me back to, thank goodness Jason was outside when he was.

The first time I looked at Lucy it was over,  she captured my heart. 

The best thing about this little pup is the constant affection she shares. Sometimes just the adorable look she gives me puts a smile on my face, making me release some of the stress that seems to build.

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My routine has completely changed since we brought her home. Now Lucy and I are up between 6:45 to 7:30 every morning. The way she wakes me up always puts a smile on my face. This is huge because I’ve been known not to be a morning person.

Lucy is incredibly affectionate first thing in the cutest ways.

Today we woke up when Jason’s alarm went off and did our morning routine. We went outside so she could go to the bathroom. As soon as we walked in the house she ran straight to her food bowl, which is extremely cute. This morning after Jason left we went back to bed for a few hours.

Lucy woke up with a ton of energy, so I decided to take her to the Kingsport Greenbelt. As always, she did fantastic.

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There were a ton of walkers, bikers and dogs out on this gorgeous day. Lucy of course made friends with everyone. I was a little worried how she was going to react to other dogs, especially since she was by far the smallest dog. My little fearless Lucy greeted every dog nose to nose. It was cute and good to see.

As we walked along the trail, she made sure everyone who walked by saw her. This of course brought on the friendly conversation that came after “she’s so cute.” She got a lot of pats today! Lucy even made a baby smile for a picture.

This little friendly puppy makes everyone smile.

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We were out for about an hour this morning. Lucy slowed down every once in a while, but for the most part she kept me walking faster than I usually do. On our way back to the car she practically ran the whole way. She came home absolutely worn out, which aloud me to get some much needed wiring done.

I cannot say it enough, I love having a dog in my life again.

With the crazy hours that Jason works, especially the doubles the last couple of days, it’s nice to have this little companion always by my side.

Today was another great day with my Lucy.