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Hidden Brook Farm Dressage Schooling Show - June 2, 2019

Ellie and I did a show at our lesson barn this past weekend instead of taking a lesson.  I would have done a lesson on Saturday before the show, but my instructor went to NEDA Spring with her eldest daughter, who was able to get her last Grand Prix score for her USDF Gold Medal!!!  So that is a good reason to not be able to lesson haha.

I admit I was a little bummed about our low scores at the SMDA show two weeks prior.  I know a score of 6 (60%) is called satisfactory, but I really thought our performance was better than a low 60%.
I was determined to ride well and even though Beth was not there, I had her youngest daughter as my back up if the wheels fell off the bus LOL!  She was already in the warmup and at the show ring with her actual students, so it was nice to have her there to remind me to breathe and not hang on the left rein!  ;-)
Ellie unloaded and was totally calm.  Honestly, she loves her lesson barn and knows it is her second home haha.  She was much calmer tied to the tra…

RIP to the best dog in the world

Lucy
2004 - 2014

Lucy was a wonderful pet and the most loyal dog I have ever owned. She came to me almost seven years to the day she died from Arkansas as a stray who only wanted a family of her own. She was my little sidekick and I often joked that given the chance she would climb inside me so I could birth her (hahaha - sorry if that is offensive, but it is true!). 

The morning of February 13, 2014 she woke up very ataxic, disoriented, anxious, and was running into the walls and furniture. The vet thinks she had a seizure or stroke overnight and it made her completely blind in a very short amount of time. It was heartbreaking to see her so anxious and literally unable to see me, which completely freaked her out. There was no way I could allow her to live in such a diminished state. Some dogs may have adjusted, but Lucy's temperament and separation anxiety from me would not have allowed her to have any quality of life. 

I know my dog like a best friend and I knew the kindest and most loving thing would be to put her down. I have never cried so hard in my life, but I was with her to the very end. She went peacefully and is now chasing chickens and cats and eating horse manure in doggy heaven. 

My mother offered to come along with me so I would not have to say goodbye to my girl alone. And the best small animal vet, Dr. Beever, is honestly the most compassionate vet I could ask for. I don't know when I will be ready for another dog, but someday I am sure I will; however, those dogs will never live up to my little black mutt.

Rest easy, sweet girl.

We are closing in on two years since she died.  It still isn't any easier.



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