You would think the pain of losing a four-legged family member would prevent people from wanting to risk that sort of torture in the future—at all costs. But for many, including this girl right here, living without them is a far worse prospect. 

So, after losing my beloved Mini-Dachshund, Pippi, last year, I knew I would be obtaining another puppy, and not just for me, but for my Afghan, Apollo, who was also grieving the loss of his buddy. It was heart-wrenching not having that tiny dog with the giant spirit in our home. The house felt like it went from being a home to a cold, generic house, almost like it was someone else’s house. It’s hard to describe the feeling… but even worse to live it. 


I never thought it would take as long as it did to get another puppy, but 1) I believe in finding the right puppy, and 2) I believe the right puppy will find you. I put a lot of thought and research into the handful of breeds I have had before that I knew would be a good fit at this time in my life, and then I started researching best breeders of those breeds in the U.S.

Fast-forward to last week, when, after returning from our Myrtle Beach vacation, I picked up my beautiful baby girl Whippet, “Halsey,” whom I had picked out when visiting the litter before we left on vacation. She has adjusted to our family wonderfully and Apollo adores her as much as we do!

Appolo as a puppy

One note about the timing of all of this: Because of our vacation and having to wait to pick up Halsey when things here at Serenity were seriously ramping up, I make no warranties as to the quality of editing in this month’s Serenity! Crate training is coming along, but I am still sorely sleep deprived and she has to come to work with me when I am loading or making changes to articles. Needless to say, there’s the distraction factor… just as there was when Apollo came to work with me six years ago! The photos should be self-explanatory!

Life with our furry companions just makes everything better. At least for this girl.