The Arrival of Lily

This summer’s sad story is finally arriving at a happy ending. (Actually, a beginning…)

We still miss Caesar, and we always will, but a new puppy named Lily has arrived to help fill the void he left. We found her at a nearby breeder’s farm, and for Sage and Lily, it was love at first sight.

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Sage holds Lily for the first time as she enthusiastically samples his finger.

Lily is a teddy bear puppy, both literally and figuratively. Yes, that’s the name of her breed, but she’s also a sweet, cuddly little thing who represents her breed name well. She was only six weeks old when we first met her, so we had to wait until she was old enough to come home with us.

Now, at long last, she’s home and has already become part of the family. Even our other dog Court, who’s become a stodgy old gent in his middle age, is gradually warming to her.

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Court wasn’t sure what to make of Lily when she first arrived.

She’s an attentive little dog, eager to please, but also brimming with enthusiasm.

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Lily contemplates her new master.

She’s endured two baths so far and still loves us anyway.

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Lily’s first bath

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Sage cuddles his new Teddy Bear.

My aunt included the following quote on her annual dog calendar, and it couldn’t be more relevant to our situation:

“Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love. They depart to teach us about loss. A new dog never replaces an old dog, it merely expands the heart.”  –Erica Jong

Our hearts are certainly expanding.

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