Guess what? Lucy’s back. But you didn’t even know she was gone, did you? We sent her to “camp,” where she learned basic obedience (or as I like to say, “manners”). It’s amazing what six weeks can do. Leaving her there was difficult (full disclosure: I cried almost the entire way home) and not having her at the house took some getting used to. Lucy has become such a part of my daily life that I felt like I had to adopt an entirely new routine without her there. Things were definitely calmer – and cleaner – around our house and my shoes stayed put in my closet, but I missed her little pitter-patter around the kitchen and hearing the jingle of her collar that greets me when I arrive in the driveway. I went out every week to visit her (I didn’t want her to forget her loving mother!) and learned the training with her so that I could continue it when she came home. As much as I missed having her around, I can honestly say it was totally worth it. Now that she’s back, she’s the same old happy-go-lucky puppy with lots of personality – but she’s obedient. She really listens to me and that means we can go do a lot more fun things together because I don’t have to worry about her running off. Needless to say, my days have gotten all the better now that she’s back.
The only habit we can’t seem to break? The stealing of our shoes. What can I say? Girl likes her shoes.
Photos by Molly Miller