I know a lot of people around here have lost many dogs over the years. Luna was my first dog as an adult and DH's first dog. We weren't sure how it would go getting a new dog. Would she be a good dog?Would we love her as much? So many doubts - but lots of hope that she would fill the void in our lives caused by Luna's passing.
As the holidays near, Riley grows and our new baby is due in a few short weeks... the loss of our beautiful Luna is on my mind.
Luna came home about a month after we moved into our first home, she was there for the birth of our daughter and was always such a sweet, gentle soul (barring the "land shark" puppy phase of course lol). She left us way earlier than we expected, right as I found out I was pregnant with our second child. It has been hard knowing that she won't be there with her gentle ways as our new baby comes home. We also just moved into a brand new house and we are sad that she didn't get to live in our big new house.
After getting Riley I quickly realized she is a very different dog - but what surprised me about it is how familiar things still felt. It's hard to describe but it's like the "dog"-ness is the same. The goofy ways, the quizzical looks, the affection, the companionship, it's packaged up very differently in Riley but the essence of "dog" is there.
I am already madly in love with Riley. The love doesn't run as deep as it did with Luna but it will grow with time. Loving Riley comes with guilt - guilt that I am loving Riley so much... I don't know why I feel guilty about it but I do. DH and I talked about it the other day - how we love Riley but it's just not the same. It will never be the same; Luna was and will forever be our first dog together and she was amazing.
I've come to the conclusion that it's ok to love a new dog as much as a previous dog - it's like having more than one child... you love them as much but it's a different love - a new love that needs time to grow and find its place in your heart.
What are your thoughts about getting new dogs and your new relationship with them?