So I know that last week I became engaged to Iced Coffee, but I have a new love that has supplanted him: Roxie.
Here she is:
Now, she only weighs 7 lbs, and is also a dog, but I am ridiculously in love. Just look at her PLAYING IN THE DRIVEWAY!
(That is my mom saving her from eating mulch at the end)
In all seriousness, I was a bit nervous about meeting my parents’ new puppy when I came to visit them this week. As you may recall, we lost our family’s beloved 14-year-old black lab, Jazzy, back in August. It was a lot harder on all of us than I had expected – even my brother and I, who don’t live at home anymore, were devastated. So while I was excited to meet this new family member at my parents’ this week, I also felt weird – would I be constantly comparing her to Jazzy? Was I a bad person for wanting to meet and love a new dog when we had just lost such an important part of our lives?
Well, it turns out that while there have been some bittersweet moments when I still miss my old girl, Roxie, like all dogs, has her own separate personality, and loving her is as effortless, in its own unique way, as it was loving Jazzy. Despite the fact that Roxie has these SHARP LITTLE RAZOR TEETH OMG I FORGOT PUPPIES TRY TO EAT EVERYTHING INCLUDING YOUR NOSE AND FINGERS.
Welcome to extended family, Roxie! You’re my new love! (Sorry Iced Coffee 😦 You’re just not as cuddly as Roxie is, and also you occasionally make me jittery.)