Wednesday, January 30, 2013


I told you I had a post a day this week, but sometimes life happens and plans change.  I do have a post, but it's not of furniture!

This post is about Millie.  Millie is our black lab.  

Just look at that face!  :)  

Last Monday Millie was diagnosed with cancer.  She had a lump the size of a small fist in her mammary gland.  We took her in on Wednesday for her scheduled surgery.  Before he started the vet found another tumor the size of a baseball.  He informed us that if he opened her up he was afraid she would be full of tumors and there would be nothing he could do.  She was 13 years old and we knew she hadn't been feeling well.  We made the hardest choice and decided to put her to sleep.

We stayed at the vet with her and I held her in my arms while he gave her the shots.  It was heart wrenching to say good-bye to our companion of 10 yrs.  Craig and I both cried and had a hard time leaving her.  She was such a loving dog.  After we said our good-byes we knew we would have to go home and tell our kids that she didn't make it.  There are no words to express how gut wrenchingly hard it is to tell your children that someone they loved dearly is gone.  

Needless to say, there were many tears.  It took a few days to process that she was really gone and we all felt the house was so lonely without her.  We knew the question was coming---when can we get a new dog?!

They started asking and were relentless!  It was time for another big choice.  We talked about it as a family, prayed about it, and told the kids if the right opportunity came we would take it.

Well, the Lord works in mysterious ways.  We found an ad for these sweet little things and did some more talking.

We went to meet them and couldn't resist those sweet little faces.  They came home with us.  Both of them!!  

What have we done?!?!  I don't know, but I'm sure this is the beginning of a brand new adventure for us!  

So, I would like to introduce you to the newest members of the Hoffman household.  Molly and Bella!



 I think we are already too much for them!

Some happy kiddos!

No dog will ever replace Millie.  She has a special place in our hearts and we will miss her so much, but  we are excited to welcome these two little ladies in our home and hope they will help heal our hearts.

Good-bye to a "good ol dog".  We will see you at the Rainbow Bridge!


  1. They are beautiful. Congrats. Can't wait to meet them.

  2. Thank you ! What a beautiful post...
    What a sweet blessing you had in Millie.
    We hope your two new angels help to heal your(Craig/Lisa)and your children's hearts.
    Warmest regards and love/hugs to your precious family.
    Rick and Carol

  3. You had me crying and laughing and loving those new little beauties. I am sorry about the choice you had to made for Millie. I am glad she has no more pain. Enjoy you new puppies! They so sweet. You have beautiful children!

  4. This post made me so sad. We have a one year old golden who is like a second child and I don't even want to think about the day that we might have to make a decision like that. At least you know that Millie isn't in pain any more and in a better place (I totally believe that all dogs go to heaven!).
    And how cool is it that you got not just one, but two adorable puppies! YAY! They look like they're best buds!

  5. I am so sorry for your loss. Our house went through the same sadness last year. My mother's faithful dog Duke had tumors and his hips went out. He was a good ol boy until his last day. My mom was torn up about it, I think the fact that she stayed with him during it made it worse on her and still believe she hurts to this day. Then a month later my grandmothers cat had to be put down so our house felt the loss and at times you can still feel the emptiness. My son keeps asking about a dog but I'm not sure if my mom will ever agree. This beautiful girls came into your lives at the right time for a purpose and I hope you all feel each others lives with pure love and happiness.

  6. So sorry, we have a yellow lab and I think they are the best dogs especially with kids!
    I adore those two that came home with you and they look like they are happy about it too!

  7. I am so sorry about Millie. We are dog lovers ourselves (we have three) that it made me cry to read your post. I'm happy though that you went out and got such sweet little pups. It will help with the loss. God bless you and your family and sweet dreams Millie. Patti@OldThingsNew

  8. I'm so sorry for the loss of Millie! I am sure that she was a wonderful family member and loved much! It's so hard to make that decision but we always know that we have to do what's best for the furr baby. I lost my Sullivan to breat cancer last June. He was 16 and we'd adopted him from a rescue organization when he was 5. I am glad that you found Molly and Bella! I'm sure that they needed your family and will enjoy many many happy years with you! They are so sweet looking! New ones never replace the old ones; they just help fill the void left in our hearts. No matter how many dogs one has, there's always room in a dog lover's heart for more! Enjoy your new lovely ladies! Hugs, Leena


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