When our beloved Ridgebacks (brother-sister pair from the same litter) passed away, I honestly thought we couldn’t possibly get another dog after what we went through. My poor pups had the battle of a lifetime with Cancer and I didn’t think we could go through it all over again with another puppy. Cygnus was the first to pass in August of 2011 and Orion passed away in October of 2013. To learn more about their story – Cygnus and Orion
A year without a dog
We went a whole year without a dog after our Orion had passed away in October of 2013. Our hearts were all still broken and there was this huge empty void in the house. The house was quiet, dull, and just lifeless. You don’t realize how much of an impact pets have until they’re gone. We traveled quite a bit during that year without a dog. We traveled freely without the worry of leaving our pets home or wondering who is going to watch them while we are away. A lot of friends/acquaintances were afraid of our Ridgebacks (even though they were kind and gentle and gave no reason to fear them) because of their size. So, most of the time we had to board them when we traveled… which I hated!
The kids are sad and so am I
Our kids were so heartbroken without two huge dogs running around and taking over the couch that they tended to mope around, especially our daughter. She was incredibly heartbroken because she grew up with Cygnus & Orion and didn’t know any other way of living. My husband and I, however sad, were set on not getting another dog… We kept telling her time will heal… Time will heal I kept telling myself too.
How Crazy Maisey Came into Our Lives
After a year, the void was unbearable. My daughter’s heart was visibly broken.. and so was mine. So, we started to do some research on different breeds. My kids wanted the biggest fluffiest dog they could find. While my husband and I thought a medium size dog would be a good fit for us. Well.. truthfully, my husband wasn’t really on board 100% about getting another dog! He was enjoying the peace and quiet. But, the kids and I wore him down and he agreed to get another pup! Woot-woot!
Welcome home CRAZY MAISEY
We settled on getting a Gordon Setter – a medium fluffy dog. Compromise… right?! We knew nothing about the breed other than they were bird hunters. Well, being an animal lover and a vegetarian this pup would not be a bird hunter in our house, but would definitely be a member of the family. When we arrived at the breeders (about 2 hours away by car), we walked into a room where we would be meeting the pups and storming in comes this fluffy bundle of energy that just flopped onto the floor belly up and demanded we rub her belly. SOLD – we wrote the check and bought ourselves this super cute puppy! It was time to move on and heal our hearts.
Little did we know we just hopped on the Crazy Maisey Train!
Getting Past The Heartbreak
I know how painful it is to lose a beloved pet. I honestly never thought we would have another puppy again… let alone two! Maybe time does heal all wounds, or maybe time gives your heart the chance to open up again. You will know when you’re ready for another puppy and there is no magic amount of time or any other advice that I can give other than: you will know when the time is right for you and your family – and if you’re anything like us, that time will come sooner than later.
Because who doesn’t miss this!