My best little buddy

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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 companionship that this seven-month old puppy has shown me in the last four months blows my mind. Lucy is always close by, or always within distance where she can see me, which gives me an incredible amount of comfort.

Even while we are sleeping, Lucy is curled against me completely under the covers. When I roll and move, she rolls and moves with me until she is touching me in some shape or form. I thought her sleeping with us would get old, but feeling her there yet again brings another level of comfort.

My favorite time spent with her is during our morning runs. I love running while also giving her the opportunity to exercise.

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This morning we only ran 2.22 miles, which is shorter than we normally do. Ever since we began running together we typically stop between 1.10 to 1.50 miles, all depending on her. Today when we found our bench of choice, she jumped up waiting for me to sit before crawling on my lap.

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After a few minutes she starting whimpering.  I think our midway breaks might soon be over. Lucy’s strength and endurance has certainly grown.

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I am so happy I have included running outdoors into my exercise routine. I often times get bored at a gym, doing the same routine . . . adding an outdoor run a few times a week keeps it entertaining, especially with an exercise buddy.

Although Lucy goes through her awful puppy days, she is a blessing. She has shown me so much joy, a joy I didn’t realize was missing.

I couldn’t have asked for a better puppy to have adopted us.

Six-months old

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Today is Lucy’s 6 – month birthday.

Time goes by so fast,  way too fast.

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.

Although I’ve grown up with dogs throughout my life, this is the first dog that I have trained. The first dog that I can call mine. The loyalty Lucy has shown me is incredible. The unconditional love in just three short months is mind blowing.

The beautiful thing about our companionship is it makes me think about our family dog Samson. Our golden retriever was the best dog in the world. This dog was the first dog that truly touched my heart. Samson left an everlasting imprint on my heart.

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It’s true a dog truly is your best friend.

Lucy has helped me appreciate life through her little eyes.

The simplicity of our every day routine. The excitment when I say her favorite words. The way she greets me in the morning. The little footsteps as she follows me through the house.

I could go on and on about the ways she has enriched my life.

A bond has formed between Lucy and I, a bond I’m excited to see grow as we both age.

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Missing you

As an emotional person, these past few months have sent me through a loop.

Jason, who is my rock, my best friend, an incredible boyfriend and an all around amazing man, is working insane hours to set our move into motion. Although I have the upmost respect for him, admire what he is doing and am incredibly proud of what he is accomplishing, I miss him something fierce.

Routines are hard to break, especially when they remain the same for so long. I became spoiled – loved every minute of it – which is why these past months have been really hard. I miss having him at home; I miss those moments we shared every day, the conversations that were had about the day and others that stemmed from those initial words.

Although we communicate as much as possible throughout the day, text messages are not the same. Don’t get me wrong, I love hearing from him, but I would rather hear his voice in person than through reading his words on my phone.

I miss sharing the highlights of my day, the overwhelming feelings that overcome me as people share their kind words of the work I have done with the Eagle, as well as the gains we have made with our move in person.

Now with his work day beginning early and ending late, an hour or two is spent together at night – usually half asleep on my part – when we quickly catch up on each other’s day and our move before I head to bed and he unwinds for the night.

These past few months have shown me just how truly important this man is to me. How I truly love having him around to share everything with.

Friendships are important, especially that best friend you pour everything on – the emotions, the activities and happenings of the day, and most of all the reason you may need to make sense out of something.

I am fortunate to have found a best friend, who is also my boyfriend, who I hope to spend the rest of my life with.

I cannot wait to have Jason around more … but I know he is working for the greater good of our future – very near future – so we will be in good hands once we arrive in Kingsport.

Jason know that what you are doing is appreciated beyond belief . . . but know that your presence is missed at home.