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Bringing a New Baby Home, Puppy that Is

Updated on November 13, 2012

The Big Day...

Yesterday was the big day. It had been two long months since we had to put our darling, Duchess down after she contracted a rare disease. Of course we were heartbroken, having raised her from a mere pup. For 12 years we had included our Duchess in everything we did as a family. Our whole life was planned around things we could do with our most faithful companion. I was retired and our children were all gone, we both felt a new edition would add a sense of spice to our otherwise, mundane lives. And we both longed to hear the pitter patter of small feet running about the place once again. Really small feet, and four of them moving at different speeds and at times in different directions not at all coordinated just yet. I notice a smile on my wife’s face that I have missed, and at times we catch ourselves laughing out loud – and it hasn’t been a full 24 hours since we arrived home with little Poppi, our new addition.

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Only one Duchess...

Oh, we said we would never have another dog, just like many of our friends said after suffering their losses, but in time our hearts mellowed and we found ourselves speaking once more of the possibility of another miniature schnauzer. We both agree there will never be another Duchess, and rightfully so. Poppi is not considered a replacement but a separate, whole new adventure and we both except the challenges as well as the opportunities. Poppi is a whole new page in our lives.

she's taken over my house shoes...
she's taken over my house shoes...
you guys wear me out...
you guys wear me out...

"it's just like a new baby..."

Having a new baby in the house is quite an experience, especially since my baby daughter is currently expecting her first child. Last night was little Poppi’s first night away from her mother and siblings and we knew we might have some problems. Everything was so new to her and she couldn't quite grasp the enormity of the situation. Oh, we had a number of toys, a large kennel, her water bowl, and a small piece of cloth I had ask the breeder to place in her bedding a week before we were supposed to pick her up which held the scent of her mother and siblings. I thought we were in pretty good shape as I turned out the light in the hallway heading for our bedroom. Just about the time my head touched the pillow we heard a faint whimper from down the hallway. It was ever so quiet at first, but then began to intensify. My wife and I looked at one another and she said, "it's just like bringing a new baby home and its first night in a new house." It was the new environment and being away from mother for the first night of her new life. You remove the security we have become accustomed to and otherwise take for granted and we would be just as concerned as she was. Being a poor substitute for her mother I knew what I had to do, so I told my wife I would take first watch as I left the comfort of my soft bed and walking down the hall to discover a timid and frightened puppy staring up through the darkness with the saddest eyes one could only imagine. Gently lifting her from her kennel while gathering a handful of stuffed animals we made our way to the couch. Caringly sitting down and leaning back I placed Poppi in the middle of my chest and proceeded to surround her with as many of her new artificial friends as I could while praying that Poppi would soon adjust to her new surroundings…

© 2012 SamSonS


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  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Tennessee

    thank you so much pringoooals for taking the time to stop and read one of my latest hubs. Each day I remind myself that I need to find time to write again about our newest family member. She is truly a thrill to experience...

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    6 years ago from Edinburgh

    I enjoyed reading your article. I feel sorry for Duchess, she was a beautiful dog. I am amazed by your appreciation for Poppi, I bet she will be very happy with you.

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Tennessee

    *thanks so much Christy for stopping by and commenting. Some days are very bright with Poppi's increasing vigor and energy, if you know what I mean...

    *and thank you also jennzie for your nice remarks concerning Duchess as well as Poppi, and thanks for the positive votes of encouragement...

    *and thank you bdegiulio, my new friend for your helpful comments and well wishes. I've just started a new hub about our latest 'family member'...

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    Bill De Giulio 

    6 years ago from Massachusetts

    There is nothing quite like the pitter-patter of a new puppy. Congratulations. Poppi is very cute. I wish you many years of happiness and good health with your new member of the family.

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    6 years ago from Pennsylvania

    Poppi is so cute, and your Duchess was beautiful as well. No one could ever replace her, but a new addition can definitely help ease the pain. Voted up and beautiful, as well as shared.

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    Christy Birmingham 

    6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    Awe, Poppi is adorable :) I hope the puppy makes your days even brighter!

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Tennessee

    Thank you so much for visiting and reading my latest entry. This puppy is now half grown I guess and you wouldn't recognize her. Our children are all grown and gone so we are filling a void with a new puppy. Appreciate your kind words...

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    Christina Lornemark 

    6 years ago from Sweden

    It is such an adventure to have a new dog in the house and it sounds like you are doing it for all the right reasons and I really enjoyed reading this. This brought back memories of the dogs we have had too. Thanks for sharing this lovely hub!


  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Tennessee

    greetings my dear friend. So good to hear from you and I hope, 'All is Well...'

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    Rolly A Chabot 

    6 years ago from Alberta Canada

    HI Samsons1 ... always has and been and will be a pleasure to read you and learn what is happening in your life... congrates

    Hugs from Canada

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Tennessee

    thank you so much lifegate for your kind remarks and I agree, our pets are a very big part of our lives...

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    William Kovacic 

    6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA


    Good for you! Puppies add so much to a family. I'd be lost without ours. We actually have two dogs and four cats. It gets a little crowded at times, but they're all part of the family!

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Tennessee

    and thank you Kristeen for sharing your remarks of support and approval. It seems everyone loves little puppies; they can add so much to an accepting home & family...

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Tennessee

    Thank you urmilashukla23 for being the first to comment and also for the nice words you used in your comment...

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    6 years ago from Michigan

    Oh yes, the first few nights with a new puppy usually cause sleep deprivation for her new owners. It doesn't take long though and they get used to the routine. It's good that you have a crate for her. It will become her own little security spot. Dogs are wonderful pets. You will be blessed by her presence in your home.

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    6 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

    Beautiful article.Sad for your old dog Duchess but good that you have adopted Poppi. Really cute name and cute puppy. Congratulations to both of you!


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