Once a Pug, Always a Pug

Tomorrow marks exactly six months after our first and precious pug, Jasmine AnnMarie (left), went to doggie heaven.

Losing Jasmine was like losing a family member of our family. She lived with us for 16.5 years so I basically grew up with her. Jasmine was at my college graduation (literally...sort of. She was staying at my college house while we went to the ceremony), she comforted me when I cried, she brought so much joy and laughter to our home, and she was the subject of many of our family prayer times.  Those six months of being pugless felt like so much longer! Those who have dogs understand that life just isn't the same without them.

This past Saturday, though, our family welcomed our new baby, Lexie Madison (right)! What a joy it is to have another pug in our lives! Lexie has been adjusting well to her new home and has already proven herself to be smart. She learned "sit" in two days (though she still needs some practice)!

At times I've felt a little sad because now I want to change my laptop background and phone background from Jasmine to Lexie. I almost feel bad because it seems like I'm pushing Jasmine aside and paying all this attention to our new puppy. I realize this is partially true, but I also know that Jasmine would probably tell Lexie what a great family she has now. Many people get excited about their dogs when they're puppies and when they're new and then get tired of the daily care for the dog. Not so in our family! We always loved spending time with the pug or just having Jasmine around. Although all us kids won't be home much longer, I know Lexie will be well-cared for by my parents.

Jasmine, though you're no longer physically with us, you will never be forgotten. All our great pug memories are from you and we wouldn't have gotten Lexie if we hadn't enjoyed the past 16.5 years you gave us. We'll never get another breed of dog. Lexie, we'll try not to compare you to Jasmine. I know you've already proven yourself to be unique and we love you too!

Our family never expected to get another pug so soon, but that's the way it worked out. I'm excited to see what other great things God has in store for 2010!

Jasmine loved sleeping. Lexie may be the same way.

Dog (or animal) lovers! Do you have any dog stories to share?


Deborah said...

ohhh!!!! we have one of those stuffed pugs too!

this makes me sad b/c our pug is going to be 11 this year, and it makes me worry that we won't have that many years left with him. i'm not sure what my parents are going to do when he's gone. he's pretty much become their 4th kid now that we are all out of the house. I don't know if they will get another dog, much less another pug :(

Michael DiMarco said...

Christy, we went through a similar sitch when our St. Bernard/Border Collie "Moose" died a few years ago. I said I didn't want another dog for awhile, but six months later Hayley found "Jack", a Lab/Poodle at a rescue. It was a bittersweet moving on period that took awhile, so I feel your pain.

BTW, If Lexi needs a boyfriend, may I suggest our latest 'Franken-dog', a Rottweiler/Pekingese mix named Pudge? :) You can see him here: http://www.michaeldimarco.com/

Christy said...

@Deborah: Wow, 11 years old! Yeah, your pug is getting up there! He may still have a few years left though! Maybe your parents could get a rescue pug? That's what my mom said she might do when Lexie dies because they'll be older too and won't be able to care for a puppy. Or you'll just have to get a pug of your own so your parents can enjoy it! By the way, Lexie LOVES that pug beanie baby! It was the first thing she started chewing on and playing with when she got home!

@Michael: Thanks for your comments! Wow, Pudge is such a cute dog!! It's funny because I never would imagine a Rottweiler/Pekingese mix. He's like a little fluffy Rottweiler! Pekingese and Pugs are actually related breeds...so they're almost like cousins. Lexie may consider Pudge as a boyfriend as long as he promises not to do anything considered to be doggie "Cupidity."

Deborah said...

oh and i forgot to mention, our pug is named after the beanie baby, Pugsly!

Amy said...

Lexie is so, so, so cute. I wish I could play with her and hug her and love on her.

Christy said...

Thanks, Amy! :)

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