Six years ago, I got the best Christmas gift ever. A boxer puppy. I remember it like it was yesterday. I was living in Spokane, all the other anchors at the station went on vacation and I filled in for the morning and all three evening newscasts. The bosses were gone, too so I brought my new baby Lucy Loo to work with me. She sat in a chair next to me during all the shows.
Lucy was my roomate, by running partner and my very challenging child.
When we moved to St. Louis five years ago, she became my sidekick during several of my feature reports on the morning show. Although, she was not a fan of her new brother Murphy Lee.
Here she is meeting him for the first time and wanting to know when he was going to leave.
This is really, really tough to write but Lucy had to be put to sleep yesterday. She was diagnosed with cancer this week. Doctors found tumors all throughout her body.
But as heartbreaking as her death is to me, it can't amount to the pain my ex husband Nathan must feel.
When he met Lucy, they made an instant connection. Virginia who? They were like soulmates. I have NEVER in my life seen a dog so obsessed with a person. When Nathan and I split up two and half years ago, it was just a given that he would keep Lucy. There is no way I would mess with their relationship.
Nathan is the one who had to take her to doctor after doctor to find out what was wrong with her. Finally, he was forced to make the gut wrenching decision to put her down. He couldn't avoid it. I know he will get passed this but this will be a really hard Christmas for him and it will take him a while to accept that his Little Lucy is gone.
I just wanted to share that with all of you dog lovers and loyal News 4 This Morning fans who may remember her.
Damn it hurts. But all pet owners go through it and we will never forget our loyal friends and family members who were such a huge part of our lives.
Goodbye, baby girl.