Hubby, Luci, and I are settling into The New Normal. It’s very strange to suddenly be a one dog family. I keep expecting to see Blacky laying on his doggie bed here next to the computer or at the foot of the stairs. It’s strange to only fill one food bowl or to hand out cookies for one dog. Hubby had an emotional moment Tuesday morning when he was giving Luci her morning banana slices because he had to eat Blacky’s portion of banana slices. I’ve had an emotional moment every time I pass the funeral home that is taking care of Blacky’s remains. It’s on my way to work so I pass it at least four times a day. (We’re having him cremated.)
Monday night, Luci was looking for Blacky when I came home from the vet’s office. I had to explain to her that Bubba wasn’t coming home, which was very hard to do through all the tears. She just sat at the front door and waited for Hubby to come home from the bowling alley. When Hubby came home, he had an emotional moment when he told Luci that Bubba wasn’t with him either. Tuesday morning, Luci got all the way downstairs to the back door when she realized that Blacky wasn’t there. She went back upstairs to look for him and had a very confused look on her face when she came back downstairs to go outside. By this point, I was in tears again. Luci has spent a lot of time the last couple of days pacing the house and the yard looking for Blacky. Again, something that brings Hubby and I to tears.
For the first time in 9 years, I’ve been able to shovel snow without Blacky barking at me and lunging at the shovel. I’m not sure I like that. For the first time in 9 years, I threw a snowball and Blacky wasn’t there to catch it. I threw a shovel full of snow at Luci and she looked at me like I lost my mind. And no matter how hard I try, she just doesn’t get the concept of a snowball. I throw it to her, she catches it and then runs away. What she doesn’t understand is that the snowball melts. Blacky loved to catch snowballs and eat them. Then bark at me to throw him another one.
She’s figured out that since Blacky has been gone Mommy and Daddy are a little more lenient than we are normally. In true Evil Luci fashion, she’s trying to take advantage of the situation. When she gets busted for doing something she knows she’s not supposed to be doing, she’ll either put her head in our lap or sit and give you the sad puppy eyes. I’ve told her a few time over the past couple of days that she’s lucky she’s so cute or she’d be in big trouble. And I have to say it with a straight face or she’ll know that she’s got me wrapped around her paw.
Hubby and I are getting a lot more exercise because Luci’s never been an only dog and she wants someone to play with her. Either that or she knows that we’re sad and she wants to cheer us up. We’ve gotten almost a foot of snow since Monday and she’s really happy to romp and play in the snow.
Tuesday was a very bad day. Today was a little better. We will have to see how tomorrow goes. We’re very thankful that Luci’s here to put a smile on our faces.
And I’m very grateful for all the lovely comments about Blacky. You have no idea what that meant to me.