A Time to Move On? Adding a New Member to Our Family

So one week from today, we are adding a new member to our family. An 8 week old Golden Retriever pup. If you are new here, you should know that  this happened just last year and it was rough. I mean completely devastating. Since that day nearly eight months ago our lives have had a void. I never anticipated how hard the grieving process would be. Still to this day I can burst into tears just thinking about it or seeing a picture of her. Eight months sounds like a long time doesn’t it?

We have gone back and forth debating when the right time to get another dog would be. This year, next year, immediately after it happened. Our friends and family have told us that if and when we get another dog it will help with our grieving and help us to be able to move on. Initially I was super excited to think that we were getting a puppy, but now my emotions are mixed. I mean, when a person dies, you don’t go out and get a new one. I know we aren’t replacing our late dog Lucy, but I can’t help thinking about how it won’t be the same. Have you ever been in a similar situation?

G was just 14 months when Lucy past, but boy does she remember that dog. And, she always reminds us that she does. I think the second word out of her mouth was dog. It is all she says day and night around here. Sometimes it makes me crazy because its a constant reminder of the dog we don’t have.

I am excited to bring a new dog into this house for G. I know she will be totally over the moon next week when we go to pick up this pup. I can not wait to see the expression on her face. I wonder if she will even sleep once he’s here? We have already taken her to visit the breeder in early spring and man was that a fun day. Doggies everywhere wagging their tails and G’s eyes wider than ever with pure joy.

This breeder is amazing. She has been in the business of breeding Golden Retrievers for 25 years and the information she has given us has been invaluable. I am excited to build a relationship with her and her dogs and you will probably find me blogging more about pets and dogs specifically.

So here are the pups. Three boys and three girls. All as cute as can be.

We have been told we are getting a male. So now onto the tough part of choosing a name.

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About Candice

Candice is a mom of three under 5. Originally from the smallest state of Rhode Island, now living in Connecticut. From working gal to stay-at-home mom, she is walking the path of the Modern Mom.


  1. So so so hard losing a pet and not wanting to `replace` them but in the end it does make it all better! And little G will have a new BFF 🙂 eeeeeee they are all so cute!!! I cant wait to hear all about him!

  2. Goldens are the best dogs out there – I miss mine all the time and its been 5 years!! I hope all goes incredibly well with your newest addition – can’t wait to find out what his name is!!

  3. so cute! we had a golden, his name was jaxson…i miss that dog!

  4. How exciting!! I love goldens!! I am so happy for you!

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