Meet Honey's New Pup

When One Door Closes, Another One Opens: Meet My New Pup!

Meet My New Pup

Losing our delicious pooch, Orchid, because of a gene defect in both of her parents, brought about an unnecessary and early death for Orchid Good.

Her death caused utter despair in my Ultimate Concierge and me. The emotional love affair between Orchid and us was cut short because of breeding procedures. If only one of her parents had the gene she would have escaped degenerative myelopathy, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

We spent one year, almost to the day, exhausting our efforts to give Orchid an acceptable quality of life.

Looking back, I question my wisdom.

I would often look at Orchid wishing she and I could have a conversation concerning her health. Though she was physically becoming more and more incapable of getting around, she ate very well and I thought this was a sign.

I imagined she was saying, “I have my problems but I still look forward to you sitting alongside me while I eat my kibbles mixed with chicken that I watch you prepare and drink my water. I still look forward to your kisses and hugs and soft words of encouragement and I still want to be a big part of your life.”

Now, three months later (it feels like a year without Orchid), I wonder if she was just trying her hardest to make me happy.

When We Knew It Was Time

One day, late in the afternoon, I came running into the room excitedly calling out, as always, “Orchid! Orchid! I’m home.” But, for the first time, she did not look at me. I knew it was a message and my heart broke into a billion pieces. I laid down on the floor beside her and cradled her in my arms.  My husband, being the decision maker that he is, was watching the scene unfold, and he made the call to the doctor…

As I have written previously, we were, like every owner of a pet who is ill, heartbroken. After a period of weeks, I knew that one day we would welcome a new pooch into our lives in honor of Orchid Good. She brightened our lives inexplicably.

Our Search

When we looked for our first Wheaten, Orchid, we investigated PAWS. Their mission is so heartfelt, bringing joy to both new owner and rescued pooch. However, we had no luck finding a Wheaten Terrier. It was explained by PAWS that Wheaten Terriers seldom need to be rescued. I believe in the PAWS mission statement 100%.

And so, I searched and searched for another soft-coated Wheaten Terrier. It was exhausting the number of emails I wrote and phone calls I made. However, it was a blessing in disguise because in talking with breeders, I learned how careful we must all be before we take home a new pet to love and cherish. Having AKC papers does not mean your puppy was bred with two healthy dogs. I had no idea of this, but now I am passing my information on to you. Take heed.

Our Flight With Destiny

After hours of work on my computer, and less on my phone, with no luck finding the right pooch for us, you may recall I shared with you that I had a serendipitous happening.

On an airplane with over 300 people, as luck and good fortune would have it, the couple seated near us were best friends with a woman who took in rescue Wheaten Terriers!

Immediately, the woman leaned over to me and asked what breed of dog we had. I answered, “a Wheaten Terrier.”  She looked at me in shock, informing me that her best friend rescued Wheatens!

“Maybe she can help you,”  she said.

Kindly, she offered to make a call to her friend. Her friend was very enthusiastic and gave her permission to give me her phone number.  I was over the top thankful and immediately, upon returning to our apartment in the sky, ran to phone her.

We had a few long conversations. She gave me fabulous advice. She taught me the ins and outs of how to search for the right pooch. By 5:00 pm the same day I met the woman, Sandy, who had nine puppies, one of them was ours.

Sandy is a member of the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of America, otherwise referred to as SCWTCA. Their mission statement is to bring to perfection the natural qualities of the soft-coated Wheaten Terrier.

After the agonizing experience Orchid went through because of improper breeding, even with AKC papers, my Ultimate Concierge and I wanted to take every precaution to bring home a good-natured, healthy Wheaten.

A Sneak Peak

My new pup will come home at the end of August. Sandy has been sending me photos and short videos of the pups from which one will be called mine.

I want to share the pups weekly development with you. I know you would like to go through the experience with me and Shelly and we want you to, as well.

Wheaten Terriers are brown and black when they are born and slowly over the first year turn the color of wheat.

So, do not be shocked when you see them…

Meet My New Pup

There are nine in the litter. We have no idea which of the nine is ours because Sandy is waiting to see their personalities emerge, which begins at six weeks.

Looking at the photos with big smiles, we watch the videos and laugh and then watch them again and again. All the while, I am smiling and laughing yet wondering deep within my soul if I could ever, ever, ever love a dog like Orchid Good. She owned my heart.

I express these feelings to my husband, Shelly, who answers, “You have a loving heart. You will adore our new family member.”

I think to myself, “No pooch could ever replace you in my memories, Orchid Good. But I do have the desire to open my heart and love dearly ‘the little mystery pup’ we will bring home in five weeks.”

Stay Tuned, Darlings!

Would you like to join with me in this adventure? Head over to my Facebook page where I will be sharing — once a day for the next few days — a video sneak peek at my lovely little puppy.

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31 replies
  1. Dicky Shay
    Dicky Shay says:

    Oh Susan, what an expression of mixed happy and sad emotion. So well written, my heart goes out to you and Shelly.

    Yes I have two dogs who , like your Orchid, ‘own my heart’ so I can identify and do.

    Thank you for sharing your feelings and I am beyond over the moon delighted that you have a new family member on the horizon. Shelly is wise as always, you have a big heart…

    Your ,

    Dicky

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  2. Kristina Thompson
    Kristina Thompson says:

    Remington & I are so happy for you❤️ I knew you would find a new baby. I know they look so different when they are born. I can’t wait to see which one you get! Remi came from a litter of 9 also.

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    • Susan "Honey" Good
      Susan "Honey" Good says:

      Thank you for everything, Kristen. I know you are happy for me and I am smiling from your comment. Warmly, Honey

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  3. LuAnn Penland
    LuAnn Penland says:

    I’d am so excited for you. Wheaton’s are wonderful. We loved, raised and showed Alaskan Malamutes for many, many years. I have told so many people, just as I am about to tell you, it all goes back to the integrity of the breeder. I am so glad you were sent someone to help guide you through getting the new puppy that is right for you. They are all individuals in their own right and this one won’t ever replace Orchid in your hearts, but he will make his own special place that is just for him. Don’t feel guilty because you are going to love a new baby. He takes nothing away from Orchid. Her special place will always be there too. 💖🙋🏻💖

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  4. Sue Henry
    Sue Henry says:

    Good morning Susan…
    This was a big message from Orchid on the other side of the veil. Our connection was the universe working in perfection again.
    Sue

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  5. Suzanne Catullo
    Suzanne Catullo says:

    I’m so happy for you and your husband! We lost our beloved rescue dog, Budweiser, to cancer on January 30, 2017. It was excruciating losing him. He was our child. We couldn’t bear to be in the house without him the first couple of weeks. We decided we would not get another dog because we just couldn’t go through it again. Then a friend of ours became terminally ill last March. He asked my husband if we would give his dog a home. He had rescued his dog, a miniature Manchester terrier, from a high kill shelter in Miami. What could we do but say yes to him? So now we are the proud parents of little Lucky. Lucky in no way replaces our Bud, but he is his own precious little self and just cracks us up with his funny ways. He is so loved. I am so happy you will have another little “person” to love and I look forward to reading about the new baby. I so enjoyed your posts with Orchid and grieved with you when she passed.

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    • Susan "Honey" Good
      Susan "Honey" Good says:

      Thank you, Suzanne. Thank you for caring so much. And, I am happy you have a bundle of joy to love. Warmly, Honey

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  6. Sharon
    Sharon says:

    I know the pain you have felt by losing Orchid. I, too, have experienced it many, many times. No matter how many times a beloved pet is lost, the sorrow never lessens. A pet who is a loved family member can never be “replaced” but opening your heart to a new love aids in healing that pain & empty place in your heart. I’m so happy that you both will be adding to your family very soon and look forward to pictures of your little pup.

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    • Susan "Honey" Good
      Susan "Honey" Good says:

      Thank you for understanding. You know the pain. We are excited to get our new pooch and excited to share him with all of you at HG. Warmly, Honey

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  7. Maureen Scicchitano
    Maureen Scicchitano says:

    So sad to hear of Orchids passing what a beautiful dog!! Looking forward to seeing new life in your home, I would be devastated if I lose Max, my Yorkie BFF I love him sooooo much good luck in your new adventure

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  8. dc
    dc says:

    I am so happy that you will be getting a new baby who will own your heart. Orchid will not be replaced I can assure you. You have so much love to give that there has to be a 2nd recipient for it. Good luck to all of you.

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    • Susan "Honey" Good
      Susan "Honey" Good says:

      Thank you for your good wishes and for being happy for us. I am so happy to have you at HG. Warmly, Honey

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  9. Lynda Hollier
    Lynda Hollier says:

    How joyful! After losing our precious Doberman, Sam to Leptiporosis, and our German Shepherd, Natasha, hit by car while under the care of our neighbor, I said never again. Seven years later my asked us to travel to Texas to help them select a puppy.! We went to the Canton Flea Market, the section called “Dog Alley” where they chose a Brat, Boston Terrier and Rat Terrier Mix. We walked around just looking, me wishing I wasn’t afraid to lose another family member. My husband approached an old Station Waggon full of children and puppies, instantly falling in love with an Australian Cattle Dog. She is a beautiful red, more Dingo than Blue Merle. She rules the house and my heart. We added a giant black Lab that no one wanted. She is now thirteen and he is eleven.

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  10. Donna James
    Donna James says:

    Hello Honey,

    My heart broke, as yours did, last fall when we lost our “Pumpkin”. She was with us from a puppy to just over 13 years. I had a very similar experience as you when you knew it was time. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done, and I said I could never have another dog. Well 9 months later, we are loving our new little pup. It’s an adjustment to go from a senior dog to a pup, but they love you just the same. I’m sure your new little one will adore the two of you and, as LuAnn mentioned above, your heart will swell with love for this pup. If you could ask Orchid, she would encourage you to love another as you did her.

    Thanks for letting me be a part of your sisterhood, and enjoy your new puppy.

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  11. Sheri
    Sheri says:

    To me, my pets have had a place in my heart all their own. No competition. I am excited for you and can’t wait to see your new family member! 💕

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  12. Lisa Rubin
    Lisa Rubin says:

    Orchid was certainly loved and she knew it. I believe she is looking down where you are and wishing you happiness, always.

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  13. Lynda Beam
    Lynda Beam says:

    Thank you for recommending breeders that are responsible! AKC means they are registered by the AKC, but there are breeders that do not do their due diligence before breeding two registered dogs. It’s an important difference.

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  14. Sandi
    Sandi says:

    My sweet doxie, Reese, (named after the candy bar b/c he is colored like chocolate and peanut butter) has my heart completely. Our last doxie lived to be 17, and it took a long while for us to find another. I am SO excited to see your new addition!!

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