Tomorrow marks exactly six months after our first and precious pug, Jasmine AnnMarie (left), went to doggie heaven.
Losing Jasmine was like losing a family member of our family. She lived with us for 16.5 years so I basically grew up with her. Jasmine was at my college graduation (literally…sort of. She was staying at my college house while we went to the ceremony), she comforted me when I cried, she brought so much joy and laughter to our home, and she was the subject of many of our family prayer times. Those six months of being pugless felt like so much longer! Those who have dogs understand that life just isn’t the same without them.
This past Saturday, though, our family welcomed our new baby, Lexie Madison (right)! What a joy it is to have another pug in our lives! Lexie has been adjusting well to her new home and has already proven herself to be smart. She learned “sit” in two days (though she still needs some practice)!
At times I’ve felt a little sad because now I want to change my laptop background and phone background from Jasmine to Lexie. I almost feel bad because it seems like I’m pushing Jasmine aside and paying all this attention to our new puppy. I realize this is partially true, but I also know that Jasmine would probably tell Lexie what a great family she has now. Many people get excited about their dogs when they’re puppies and when they’re new and then get tired of the daily care for the dog. Not so in our family! We always loved spending time with the pug or just having Jasmine around. Although all us kids won’t be home much longer, I know Lexie will be well-cared for by my parents.
Jasmine, though you’re no longer physically with us, you will never be forgotten. All our great pug memories are from you and we wouldn’t have gotten Lexie if we hadn’t enjoyed the past 16.5 years you gave us. We’ll never get another breed of dog. Lexie, we’ll try not to compare you to Jasmine. I know you’ve already proven yourself to be unique and we love you too!
Our family never expected to get another pug so soon, but that’s the way it worked out. I’m excited to see what other great things God has in store for 2010!
Dog (or animal) lovers! Do you have any dog stories to share?