A friend texted me this morning to let me know that they were taking their elderly dog into the vet to be put down. While I had been thinking about how the one year mark for Luci's death was approaching, it didn't dawn on me until later this afternoon that today was, in fact, that anniversary.
One year later. One full year without our sweet Luci.
Quite honestly, we miss her, but life is a lot easier without the responsibility of her. It's nice to have the extra money in our pockets that used to be spent on food and vet bills. It's nice to not have to clean up after her or worry that she's puked or peed in the house without our knowledge. We can leave the house and not think twice about having to get back home in a reasonable amount of time to free her from the gated kitchen. I do miss her in the kitchen, though - I have to sweep a lot more often without her around.
I really miss her just being here. It took a while to get used to that. I miss her companionship and her love. There's really nothing quite like it. I still yearn a bit for her whenever I see another beagle.
We reminisce quite a bit about her. She'll come up in conversation, and it's especially fun to hear Reed and Drew share a "remember that time..." story with us. One of the things that makes me especially sad is that Ruby won't have those stories, about Luci or likely any other dog, for quite some time. The boys had the opportunity to have a dog when they were so little and I love that it has cultivated in them a love for dogs. I hope Ruby feels the same way even without having that experience.
I believe we will get another dog, at some point. I'd like to wait a while but I wonder if the longer we wait, the less chance it'll be that we actually do get another one. Just the other day, though, we talked about seeing if our local humane society has a foster dog program. I feel like that would be a good option for us, to open our home temporarily to a dog in need. It'll benefit us and the dog and that sounds pretty great to me. We'll see.
On a much lighter note, we've decided what the name of our next dog will be, thanks to Doreen Cronin's Chicken Squad books. Whatever her breed, whenever we may get her, her name shall be Sweet Coconut Louise. Read the books. Or at least the first chapter. I don't think the boys have ever laughed so hard while reading a book.
*To read Luci's full story, click HERE.*