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She's Not a Baby Anymore!

Early spring saw some immediate changes in how Ellie carried herself and our dressage work started to truly improve.  There had been times last year where flat work felt like a fight and I wondered to myself if she was ever going to just relax and listen to me haha.

Thankfully, as the title suggests, Ellie has suddenly grown up in front of my eyes.  We have had some really stellar lessons lately, where I feel like I am suddenly able to make things click.  We also had an incredibly frustrating dressage lesson a few weeks ago where Ellie was in rip-roaring peeing heat (not normal for her) and we worked through 45 minutes of her refusing to bend right.  So, ya know, as much as she is improving, she is still an opinionated redheaded mare!  ;-)

But, I have to give her credit because she is really working her little butt off for me!  Sadly, I had not been able to schedule in a jump lesson before our first three-phase, which led to me riding her ridiculously backward at a slow trot the entire …

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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