I thought I would give an update on how we are doing around here....
We are ok.
Humphrey's death clobbered me and I am still grieving. I do not think that I have been hit as hard by a dog's death as I have been by his. He was my boy..... I think the trust that he gave me and the patience I learned from him were such life lessons that he went deeper into my heart. I have had a bit of the blahs and have fallen back onto the Diet Coke crutch, which is something I will be working on (avoiding emotional eating and Diet Coke consumption), but I can only handle so much at once. Going to Georgia for almost a week really helped, but I will still tear up at certain times of the day or when the silence gets to me. It turns out he was a fairly noisy dog. Snorting, sighing, barking to get your attention, and the such which kept the noise and energy level fairy high around here for a basset hound's house anyway.
Bacall is a much quieter dog. I never knew how quiet until now. It's been interesting to figure out how to interact with her without trying to replicate the things I used to do with Humphrey. I have never had one on one time with her, Humphrey was always in the background. She will sigh or give the basset hound equivalent of an eye roll when I do something that is not her style. Adding to her grief, and she is grieving, while she was at boarding, she managed to get an infection on the skin on her neck and has been one sick little camper the past week. She is on a steroid, antibiotics, and a cream to help fight the infection. Since the early part of May, she has lost 6 pounds. Fortunately her appetite is starting to come back and I am seeing glimpses of her sunny personality.
Once Bacall is feeling better, I will be adding another dog to the mix. Not a puppy and probably not a Basset, but I don't get to decide, Bacall will.......
I've decided to deal with myself with a bit of grace with everything that has happened lately and not beat myself with those negative comments that pop into my head. I have not exercised with regularity and the Diet Coke issue, so I have gained a couple of pounds... grrrr. I am now recognizing it and getting back on the wagon, so maybe that is the lesson of all of this.
Just keep moving forward.
And forgive yourself if you just need to stand still for a bit to catch your breath....