Golden Lucy's Spiral Journal

Going on 87...Savoring and Surviving the Senior Years

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Remembering Lost Love

It was a dark and stormy night. Yes, it was. Jack brought the garbage out and came back holding the collar of a soggy, quaking and bewildered dog. She was also tiny, mud-covered and tagless.

Naturally Carole swooped down and bundled her into the living room. The one with the Coit-clean ecru carpet. The one we don't wear shoes on. Lucy exclaimed, "Ack! Ack!" But of course nobody listened.

In no time flat Carole washed, dried and brushed the little thing. I sat in my matriarch chair and fretted with the intention of being obvious. Then, before I could do anything to prevent it, the shivering mite crept into my chair and snuggled up to me quiet as a little mouse. I didn't know what to do---I'd never held a dog before! Well, I discovered I'm not made of stone.

For the next three weeks Bonnie Lou, as I'd named her, refused to leave my side. Jackthedog and Sam the Incontinent Pup were still frequent visitors. Bonnie Lou made sure she kept her little body between me and the presumptuous invaders. Meanwhile Carole visited the shelters, placed "found dog" ads and hung posters in public places.

"Think how you'd feel if you lost your pet," she said. I couldn't imagine. "What goes around comes around." she added. "You don't want this on your conscience do you?" Frankly I didn't give a darn. I wanted Bonnie Lou.

Well, sad for me it came around that Bonnie Lou's original owners showed up. (They called her Hannah---what an insipid name.) But they were from North Dakota and Carole was delighted to share stories about FAAARgo. And of course they all agreed nobody from NoDak would ever keep someone else's dog.

I was very sad for a long time and am still blue every time I think of her. So if any of you know a lonely little Westie girl out there, tell her Lucy is waiting with open arms.

PS All the best to Terri at on her adorable new Scottie baby Duncan!


  • At 11:33 AM, Blogger MizMell said…

    Bless your heart... I bet it's breaking! I think you need a small dog to cuddle and love. And I would suspect you can find one!

  • At 11:42 AM, Blogger goldenlucyd said…

    I can't believe I'm saying this, but I can't wait!

  • At 4:28 PM, Blogger bunnygirl said…

    What a sweet but sad story! It sure can hurt to do the right thing sometimes. But you know what they say-- if it were easy, everyone would do it.

    If you want a furry little pal, I know there's one out there just right for you who is just waiting for a cuddle!

  • At 4:45 PM, Anonymous Terri said…

    Oh, Lucy, I feel so bad that you had to part with Bonnie Lou (much nicer name than Hannah, by the way) But I feel certain that because of your kindness in returning the lost dog, you will be rewarded equally. She sure was sweet! But some little Westie is out there waiting to come home to you and be your loyal companion. I'm as anxious for that to happen as you are.
    And thank you for the mention of Duncan. Each day I love him more.

  • At 6:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi Lucy! Liz here from I Speak of Dreams. You are such a resilient person.

    I used to be involved with a rare breed, so I fired up my internet skills.

    I think if you get in touch with this Westie Breeder in Burlington she might be able to help you get in touch with Westie Rescue.

    Oh, wait, I got smarter: you can also try this:

    Westie Club Rescue Contact
    Martha Smith
    Westie Rescue Network
    (303) 338-0878

  • At 6:37 PM, Blogger goldenlucyd said…

    So glad to hear from you. Sorry I missed your birthday--(We're both insightful, sensitive Pisces.) I hope your writers' conference was all you hoped it would be---we really enjoyed your blog photos.

    Anyway, I could just eat that baby of yours right up---thought it was a Westie until I read further. After all, Duncan is Scottish and I don't know from dogs--or Scots!

    I'm not kidding about the kids wanting a rabbit. As far as I'm concerned, it may be furry and cute and white but it's not a Westie. (Sorry, bunnygirl!)

    Welcome back Terri and welcome, precious Duncan.

  • At 6:43 PM, Blogger goldenlucyd said…

    Oh my heavens Liz!
    Is anybody more brilliant and organized thn you? This is not a joke. I'm happy I'm so old I can't be intimidated.

    But, though I admire intelligence and organization, it's your thoughtfulness and kindess that makes you really special!

    Thanks. I appreciate you very much!

  • At 6:51 PM, Blogger goldenlucyd said…

    Darling Bunnygirl,
    Where did my witty reply to your sweet comment go? I think it must be in Denver with the original draft of this post.

    After seeing your Bun-Bun the kids are lobbying for a rabbit. Though I love Bun-Bun I am holding fast for a Westie.

    Thanks so much for visiting. Ido so enjoy your company. Oh. And you ARE eating your Wonder Bread, aren't you?

  • At 4:56 AM, Anonymous notdotdot said…

    No way!!
    Bonnie Lou is your dog! She "said" so!
    I love your telling, as always, and have a little smile as I read. Until I get to the last part. Sigh. It should not be.

  • At 5:43 AM, Anonymous Nancy said…

    oh how sad for you! You do indeed need a Bonnie Lou of your own....there is nothing in this world like loving a dog and it's love in return......I am holding a hot little rock of a dog right now in my lap.......a Boston Terrier and she is the light of my life!..Don't tell my Jack Russell Terrier I said that please........

  • At 9:19 AM, Anonymous Maria said…

    Get on line and find Westie Rescue. There are so many breeders who rescue abandoned dogs and help find new homes for them. Here in R/C there is a Silky Terrier Rescue Kennel and my daughter Kristi is a volunteer at a Basset Hound rescue kennel.
    There is a baby out there just waiting for you.

  • At 9:36 AM, Blogger goldenlucyd said…

    Thanks to all of you for your suggestions and condolences. I'm on it!

  • At 1:06 PM, Blogger Milt said…

    Oh! Mizz Lucyd, Not ever holding a four legged friend, you missed the best part of life. I can't remember ever not having at least one around, except for 4 years in the service and the last two years. I've had Chihuahuas to German Shepards, cats of all makes, horses, cows, and even a monkey. I can't imagine life with no animals. Fortunately my sons are animal lovers also, so I'm not totaly without. You definitely need a four legged friend, trust me, it'll be the best thing ever for you.

  • At 4:27 PM, Blogger goldenlucyd said…

    Darling Milt:
    My kids have been telling me that for years and I always thought they were out of their heads. That is until I met this little white dog. Now I understand.
    I think it was a control thing with me. Probably still is because I can't imagine having a cat. Our family has several (as well as horses, dogs and now rabbits) at the "Big House." I can see how cats think they rule the world and I really can't deal with that!
    Larry Olaf ( insists I must find "my" dog. I know he'll never quit "hounding" me so thanks to Liz and all my blog friends I'm actively looking.

    Have a wonderful weekend and we'll talk soon. I'm so happy we met!
    PS Lary Olaf is checking up to make sure I'm flogging his dog blog. Sorry. I don't want him to keep whining. And drooling.

  • At 5:04 PM, Blogger Joy Des Jardins said…

    I can only hope you find a little Bonnie Lou of your own Lucy. You have so much love in you, that one more little soul would hardly take up much of your supply. You are a treasure to us all.

  • At 7:38 AM, Anonymous momma said…

    Lucy, My son's family gave me Brandy for my Birthday last month and what a joy she has been. Keep telling everyone, like I did, you need a dog and someone will come through. Brandy and I will keep hoping for you.

  • At 10:07 AM, Blogger goldenlucyd said…

    Sounds like everybody has their little dog but me. (Sniff-Sniff) I still can't believe I'm saying that but Thank Heavens I'm not the woman I used to be. She wasn't much fun!
    I'll be over to check on Brandy and then see if Duncan has any more pics on Terri's blog.
    You folks have a great week end!

  • At 4:25 PM, Blogger kenju said…

    I used to have a dog that looked just like that one. I know you must have been sad to lose her.

  • At 1:50 PM, Blogger Bev Sykes said…

    It's amazing how bonded you can get to dogs in a short time. I've been fostering for the SPCA for a year now and there are some dogs that I'm ready to keep after only a day, so I know how painful it is for you to give her back to her owners. But I'm glad you two had each other for the brief time you did.

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