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Are you Ready for a New Puppy?

Here we are a year later. Are we ready for a puppy? I’m not sure. I still tear up when I think about Strider for too long. I’ve gotten used to the freedom of not having a dog. Being able to go anywhere at any time without making arrangements for someone to care for a dog has been a big taste of freedom after 9 years of not being able to do that.

Well, ready or not, Captain will arrive in our lives at 10AM Saturday, August 4th.
On August 16, 2011 we had to have our much loved dog Strider put to sleep. This is what I wrote at that time:

I always said, if you have to have a dog, Strider was the one to have. Of course I miss him as much as everyone else since he wormed his way into my heart.

We had no idea he was sick – other than an ear infection that we had been treating – so he had just seen the vet several times in previous weeks and she saw nothing unusual.

His last week was a special gift from the Lord for us. Dan and Eric were supposed to be in the BWCA camping and the girls and I were to be alone on the N. Shore. For some reason Dan just never got the trip planned. This is so unlike him – the BWCA is his most favorite place and he and Eric have gone every year for years. Instead we had six days together, not knowing Strider was sick, doing all the things Strider loved most – being with us all together, swimming in Lake Superior, hiking and sniffing all the great outdoor smells, going to the Fishermen’s festival and having tons of people stop to pet him. Thank you Lord!

He had a couple of “spells” that week where he just got really weak – the second one on the morning that we were coming home. We called our vet and she said we better bring him right in so we never even went home before going to her office. She determined that he had internal bleeding and did emergency surgery. He only lasted 11 days after that, but most of them he was doing great – even escaping and running up a flight of steps.
The last 2 days he was just down other than going out to potty. It was no way for him to live. He was alert to the end – always recognized us and turned his head to whoever was there. He walked into the vets – tail wagging and greeting everyone in sight. He didn’t struggle, but trusted us to the end.

We buried him beside the lake on our land – he would sneak off to swim in it every chance he got.

Here we are a year later. Are we ready for a puppy? I’m not sure. I still tear up when I think about Strider for too long. I’ve gotten used to the freedom of not having a dog. Being able to go anywhere at any time without making arrangements for someone to care for a dog has been a big taste of freedom after 9 years of not being able to do that.

But…when I look at this little face, I guess I’m as ready as I’ll ever be.

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  • Phyllis
    Posted August 9, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    Thank you for your kind words. We took our new puppy to the vet today. It was the first time we’ve been back since we had Strider put down. It was quite difficult for me.

  • educator
    Posted August 9, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    I am so sorry for your loss. It is hard losing a pet.

  • Phyllis
    Posted August 8, 2012 at 7:46 AM

    Thanks Kate. I’ve never been someone who runs to pet/see every dog or cat that comes along. I was the holdout on getting a dog the first time, and the agreement was/is that I don’t have to do any of the work unless I want to. Strider – out first dog – just won my heart over the first few months that we had him. I think I’ve grieved the longest over his death and often call the new puppy Strider rather than his own name.

    Getting a puppy has been bittersweet for me. He’s the same breed from the same breeder so has many traits that Strider had and stirs up a lot of old memories for me. I’m so grateful for having loved and been loved by a dog like Strider.

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  • Kate @ Teaching What Is Good
    Posted August 7, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    I’m so sorry that you had to say good-bye to your dog. But that new little guy is awfully cute!

  • Phyllis
    Posted August 6, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    It sounds like you’ve had some wonderful dogs. Both my husband and I have been caught calling our new dog Captain by the old dogs name, Strider. I thought I would be the only one so I’m grateful to have someone else in the same place. I’ve thought more about Strider in the last few days than I have in a long time, but each time I turn my thoughts to the Lord and thank him for the fun years we had with him. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Lori
    Posted August 6, 2012 at 4:35 AM

    God has blessed us with two amazing dogs, Polly, our first-born and a buff cocker spanile, who lived to be 17 years old, and now Winston, a red-haired, freckle-faced 5 year old. Both have added joy, love, and humor to our lives, and we are truly blessed. My husband is famous for saying that his goal is to be half the man his dog thinks he is. Where would we be without our precious furry friends. I pray a long and happy life with your new puppy. God will use him to heal your grieving heart. ~Lori, visiting from Be Not Weary (

  • Phyllis
    Posted August 3, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Thanks Dusty.

  • Phyllis
    Posted August 3, 2012 at 6:54 AM

    I’m sorry Jill. I’ll write a happy post next week and add lots of puppy photos – ok?

  • Dusty
    Posted August 2, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    Oh how touching! I love dogs and I know that losing one is very difficult. ((hugs)) to you! What a beautiful dog you had!

    Stopping by from the weekend blog hop!

  • Jill
    Posted August 2, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    Oh my! I am not going to read your blog anymore if you are gonna make me teary-eyed! LOL!

    Thanks for linking up to the Weekend Blog Hop!

  • Phyllis
    Posted August 2, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Thank you for your kind words Autumn.

  • Phyllis
    Posted August 2, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    I don’t go there either Kristen. I wouldn’t adopt them all, but no sense taking a chance.

  • Autumn
    Posted August 2, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your dog, heart breaking! I hope the new dog is just as wonderful of a match for your family.

  • Kristen @ Trial and Error Homemaking
    Posted August 2, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    I have to stay away from the local rescue’s website because I can’t say no to those little faces!!

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