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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Meet Katie

Hello everyone.  I've not been here for quite some time, and I have missed you all.  After a very difficult past month, we now have a new little ray of sunshine in our home! A cute little 9 1/2 week old cocker spaniel puppy that we've named Katie has been helping us to heal, after the loss of our beloved Emily.  While in all honesty, I was no where near ready to even think of bringing another pup into our home so soon, hubby was.  We love our Katie and have been having so much fun with her!  We travelled to the other side of the state several weeks ago for our initial meeting, and then brought her home almost two weeks ago.

 So we have been busy working on potty training, playing, and trying to heal our broken hearts.
 Here she is napping with her Daddy.
 We brought her home in this little basket.  Doesn't get much cuter than a puppy in a basket, does it?
 While it has been bittersweet, and we still miss our dear Emily more than words can say, Katie has been a true blessing and joy.  It is good to laugh again!
 You may think from the photos that all she does is sleep. Wrong!  You should see her in "play mode"!  She plays so rough it is hard to get a picture of her:)
 She gives us hope for happier days to come.

Thank you so much for all of your kind words, prayers, and support during the difficult days we have faced.
I am looking forward to getting back into blogging, and catching up with you all.
Have a great day!


Joyce Mayer said...

Congratulations on your precious little bundle of fur.

Our hearts are amazing, they can be breaking and yet singing with joy. Emily is and will always be a part of you, our pets are forever there but the pain does change and eventually we can remember the good and fun times. You need to let your grief run its course, dear friend.

And, let Katie Bug work her puppy cuteness and help that healing process. It's awful, I know, but it will get better. And when you are overwhelmed just go and scoop up that little doodlebug and shower her with kisses, and I promise, she will kiss you back. Puppy Love - it doesn't get any better...

Heaps of hugs

Bente said...

Oh my, dearest Donna. She is the cutest. I`m so very HAPPY for you.
Wish you both a great time with your sweet little one.

Warm hugs from me

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Katie is so adorable...fun days ahead for you and your husband! Very happy for you both and also for Katie, she's very lucky to find a wonderful family!

Susie said...

Donna, My heart broke for you and your husband losing your Emily. But I can see where this little Katie is going to help you through. So darn sweet. And I am not a dog lover, but I know our hearts become attached to pets. good healing, xoxo,Susie

NanaDiana said...

Hello- My sweet dear friend! I just love that new little face in your family. She is just gorgeous and I love that she is not a carbon copy of Emily. I think that makes it easier to look at her as her own little self and not compare her. God bless you and I am so glad that you are back blogging again- xo Diana

Tete said...

Katie looks like she could heal any broken heart. She is so pretty. God never empties your arms for long, because there's always someone out there that needs you more than the one before. Emily would whole heartily approve of her baby sister.
I am such a sucker for floppy ears. Enjoy the new baby and congrats on being a mommy again!

Trisha said...

I seriously want to come snuggle with that sweet little baby girl! I am so happy that you found her to bring some sunshine into your life once again. Hugs!


Musings from Kim K. said...

I'm wiping happy tears. She's darling. Such a sweet girl. You've been missed, Donna. Glad to have you back.

Renee said...

So adorable!!! How sweet she is...and that last photo is beyond cute! Have fun with your new pup! Emily is probably smiling down on you all right now.

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Awwww, indeed. Katie is adorable.

Blondie's Journal said...

Katie is just precious! Nothing like a puppy to bring joy into your life! :)


Linda @ A La Carte said...

I hope this sweet little girl will help to heal your heart. She is adorable and a strong testament to your love for Emily. May Katie bring you much joy. Sending you hugs, Linda

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh my goodness...I could just squish her she is soooo cute. I am so happy to hear you have a new baby, I am so with hubby on this one. It hurts so bad to lose a pet that I find the only way to survive is to find one to love and fill the horrible void and like you said, make you laugh again. I bet you have said many times "Wouldn't Emily have loved her" She does!


Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Oh bless your heart, Donna...she is adorable! I always say, it is a testament to how much we loved our pets that we want to adopt again. Of course she will not replace Emily, but she will bring new joy and love into your life...XO

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Katie is so cute and I sure could give her lots of sugar. I love the way puppies smell and how they cuddle.
Katie will bring a lot of love and joy into your home and will help you heal. Congratulations on a very special little girl.

Celestina Marie said...

So wonderful to see you Donna. Katie is such a darling and so very cute. I know she is bringing you great joy. I love all the pics and what a sweetheart in the sleeping pics. I could just shower her with puppy kisses.
I know Emily is so happy for you and your hubby.
Wishing you many special days ahead with your little one and so happy to see you back and blogging.
Sending big hugs your way sweet friend.
XO Celestina Marie

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Oh Donna, she is adorable! That face! It has to be helping the heart. When we lost our 1st German Shepard many years ago by evening I found Heidi at Pet Smart the same day..although my heart was broken she helped us heal..as mr walked in the house the first time she gave him a big kiss. I still miss her even though it has been over a year. Greta keeps healing my heart day by day just as Katie will yours.

8)(8 said...

What a doll!

8)(8 said...

What a doll!

Kadee Willow said...

What a precious little love, Donna! Such a sweet, innocent spirit that will breath new life into you, I'm sure. Your words resonate so well with me, as I, too, miss my soul dog with all my heart. It's been 3 months and tears still flow. We were both truly blessed to have had these little creatures be such an integral part of our family! Everyone says I need to get another dog. And perhaps they are right. But with my husband and I in the throws of selling a home and finding a new one, it just isn't the right time. So, I will enjoy your new family member through your photos! You are truly blessed!!

Gracie's Mom said...

Oh Donna! I was going to email you this morning to see how you are doing as I didn't see yesterday's blog post. I am SO happy to see that you have a new puppy! Katie is so adorable! She will never take Emily's place, but she will open up a new place in your heart that you didn't know you had.

pink*cherub*moon said...

Hi! I saw Katie's picture on the sidebar of Rosemary's blog, Villabarnes, and I just had to come get a closer look! She is adorable! I love cockers and am so sorry that you lost your beloved Emily. I've always had dogs as part of my family and just lost my last cocker, Sullivan, last June at the age of 16. We had adopted him and his brother, Gilbert, in 2001 from a rescue group. They were wonderful family members and their sister Molly, whom I got as a puppy, loved and accepted them from day one. Now there are no dogs following me everywhere and it is so hard to get used to. I'm just not quite ready yet, not sure what direction I want to go in as far as another dog or dogs goes. I keep an eye on several rescue groups and I know that when the right dog needs me, I'll be there for it. They never replace those who have gone, they just help fill the void in our hearts left behind and give us another opportunity to love and cherish an animal who needs us. Prayers for your healing. Hugs, Leena


So so happy for you my dear. I had the same break hearth on July ! and Miss PUPPY helped me so much in my pain.
Your Katie is so sweet !

Little Miss Maggie said...

She is absolutely precious, and I'm so glad for you. Puppies bring so much love and happiness and you obviously have much love to give back.

Marit said...


Katie is really cute and I bet she is a lot of fun and work right now until she is a little older.
It will be fun to meet her next time we come to the states. She will be a lot bigger then but it is fun to see pictures of her.

Love Marit