About a month ago, we had to put our dog down to sleep. This dog was pretty much the perfect dog, and I'm still 99.99% sure there will never be another dog as perfect as him. It was a really hard decision for all of us, but he was 14 and suddenly he couldn't walk anymore. As happy as he still seemed, we knew he was in a lot of pain and decided as a family that it was the right thing to do. I know there are much worse things out there that can happen, but losing a dog you've had since you were two and who you're used to having around all the time hurts.
It still hurts sometimes after a month when you come home, already in a bad mood, and there's no one home. You just want to someone to hug who won't talk back to you; someone who's just there.
While we were all trying to get used to our quiet house (the first time ever in my life I've not had a dog; and the first Christmas), we tried to convince ourselves that it would be better to wait a little while before we got a puppy - we'd almost convinced ourselves to wait until spring break. But then...
It was the same day my mom had gone to pick up Levi's ashes from the vet. My parents were waiting for my brother at basketball practice and decided to go by the pet store (the same one we got Levi from) to kill time.
There was a little Springer Spaniel puppy who'd just arrived that day - the first one they had in two years. My parents played with it and fell in love, but decided it was too expensive and it wasn't the right time.
But, they kept thinking about it. Kept wondering if it was a sign from Levi that it happened on that same day. When they went back a few days later, the puppy was still there. They started to consider it a little more seriously.
And finally, this weekend, we decided that on Saturday we were going to go pick her up and bring her home.
We got there, and were told that she couldn't go home for four days because she was sick; we were heartbroken.
But, we waited, and went by to see her yesterday and decided it was time to buy her. SO I'M GETTING A PUPPY TODAY!!
we're all praying that this was the right decision after losing Levi so recently; but we just couldn't handle not having a dog anymore. And she's so sweet and soft and it was just too weird a coincidence to ignore - so here we are. PUPPY :)