I recently made the mistake of watching Marley and Me.... it was a wonderful movie, don't get me wrong. But the fact that our dog, Stella, looks just like Marley (well, the cute versions of him anyway) - and then watching him die at the end of the movie... let's just say that was a little too much for me. I'm 100% positive I've never cried so hard watching a movie. I'm just glad I didn't see the movie in the theater, because I would have caused quite a scene - sobbing uncontrollably!
Stella as a puppy - about 3 months old.
Anyway, it really made me think about how much a part of our family Stella is. She, unlike Marley, is the BEST dog on the planet, I'm pretty sure. With the exception of destroying a few garden hoses when she was a puppy, she has been the perfect dog. Since we got her at 8 weeks old, she has been happy and content hanging out on the front porch while we're gone, she just seemed to inherently know how to duck hunt (or should I say retrieve the dead ducks (yuck!)) with Scott, she lays beside him while he's fishing - waiting until he's done to jump in and go for a swim (her very favorite thing), accompanies us on every walk and adventure around our property, has warned us on more than one occasion about "intruders" on our property - be they people or cougars, lays right next to Lucy's stroller outside of the arena while I ride - occasionally reaching up to lick Lucy's toes, which makes Lucy giggle like crazy (so cute!), and loves to pretend she's a horse - running around in the pasture with the others. We really couldn't ask for more of a dog.
Stella making Lucy laugh :-)
Growing up, though we had a "family dog", he wasn't my dog - and I really didn't have any sort of attachment to him. Honestly, before getting Stella, I really wasn't much of a dog lover at all. She has sure changed that! As with the actors in the movie, Stella really was our first "child". It has been so much fun to watch Lucy already loving her - and so great to think that Stella will be Lucy's first best friend. :-)
I can't imagine losing Stella someday. The thought of it just makes me crazy, which is why I won't be watching Marley and Me again! But despite the difficulty I had in watching the movie, I'm grateful I did because it was a startling reminder to me of how special my dog is and how important she is to us. So.... I decided it was about time to get Stella on my blog with the rest of our family!