Yvie, my new puppy dog
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How a New Puppy Has Brought Me Joy

Many of you know this last spring was a tough one for me and my family. My sister passed away from pancreatic cancer and my mother-in-law passed away from a stroke (we think). When that happened, I started searching for dogs to adopt online. I couldn’t help myself. I yearned for some spark of joy in my life. And our kids had been wanting a new pet for over a year. During the pandemic, we lost a dog and two cats. We were ready for a new addition.

But the time was never right. We encountered Covid, its mental health effects, my sister’s illness, my mother-in-law’s passing, travel, a new book release, family visits, and more. But now, fall is here, things have calmed, and we’re ready to bring new life and energy into our home.

Yvie, our new puppy dog, How a New Puppy's Brought Me Joy, https://karenhugg.com/2022/10/06/new puppy/(opens in a new tab) #dog #puppy #joy #griefrecovery
Yvie, on the couch with me
Puppy or Grown Dog?

I hadn’t planned on adopting a new puppy. But when I saw this little furry face, I couldn’t resist. Neither could my husband or kids. She, along with her puppy siblings, were abandoned in the parking lot of the Seattle Humane Society. She was taken in at nine weeks old and we brought her home at ten weeks. While her information sheet lists her as a German Shepherd mix, we’re thinking she might be part Belgian Malinois, part Cattle Dog. Maybe with a touch of terrier or boxer? We’re not sure, but we love her nonetheless.

Yvie, our new puppy dog, How a New Puppy's Brought Me Joy, https://karenhugg.com/2022/10/06/new puppy/(opens in a new tab) #dog #puppy #joy #griefrecovery
Olive, our older dog, on left, and Yvie, our new puppy

Because we’ve always given our dogs names that started with vowels, we decided to call her Yvette, and Yvie for short. She’s a beautiful girl, full of life and smarts. She already knows many commands and walks on a leash nicely enough. Her favorite thing though is going to outdoor restaurant patios and hanging with new people! She’s all waggy tails and licky when she makes human friends. And since she’s in puppy kindergarten, she’s been making friends with other doggos too.

Yvie sleeping, our new puppy dog, How a New Puppy's Brought Me Joy, https://karenhugg.com/2022/10/06/new puppy/(opens in a new tab) #dog #puppy #joy #griefrecovery
Yvie sleeping at an outdoor restaurant between me and my husband

If you have ideas about her breed, let me know! We just sent in our doggie DNA test so it’ll be interesting to learn the results in late October.

Cheers,

Karen Hugg, sig, http://www.karenhugg.com #author #books #fiction #Paris #journal

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