Once upon a time there was a little mutt puppy named Lucy. She was beloved by her owner named Katie and all was right with the world.
Together, Katie and Lucy explored the world together.
It was a happy time, even if Katie did often insist on dressing Lucy in ridiculous outfits.
Lucy loved Katie so much that she even forgave her for The Hat Incident of 2003.
And then Katie married a boy named Chris and though Lucy needed some time to adjust, she eventually came to love Chris, too. He let her sleep in the bed with him.
And when they went boating…
…Chris dove in and saved Lucy when she forgot how short her legs were and she jumped out of the boat.
Yes, Lucy came to love her little family of three. But then, unexpectedly, they became a family of four.
Katie and Chris brought Molly home one snowy, winter day and Lucy was none too pleased. No one had asked her if she wanted a furry canine companion, after all.
Now, Lucy began to notice there was less room for her on the couches during nap time. This would not do.
And then Molly began to make friends with Lucy’s favorite Baby. No, this would not do at all.
But when Molly began to claim her place on the bed, Lucy had had enough.
And so Lucy began to assert her dominance over the silly black Labrador mutt puppy.
But eventually, Molly grew bigger.
And she got stronger.
Until, finally, Lucy realized that she could no longer beat Molly up and so Lucy reluctantly accepted that they had become a family.
Even though no one had asked her.
Years went by and Lucy began to tolerate Big Molly. And just when she thought she had accepted the unwilling expansion of the family, something odd began to happen to Katie.
And Lucy’s world, once again, changed.
Today, Lucy lives a much different life. Gone are the days of sleeping in Katie’s bed. Gone are the extra long belly rubs and table scraps eaten right off the plate. Gone are the quiet hours of solitude and leisurely strolls through the park. Now, Lucy’s days are filled with loud shrieks from The Wee One and the occasional playful harassment from Big Molly. Now, Lucy climbs to the highest point in the house to escape the waving golf clubs and the violently wagging tail of Big Molly. Now, Lucy crawls into a dog bed at the end of the day.
Like an animal.
Occasionally, late at night after everyone has gone to sleep, Katie will pull Lucy into her lap on the couch and the two of them will curl up watching Top Chef and The Real Housewives while Katie absentmindedly rubs Lucy’s belly and ears. And as they sit there together in the quiet of the house, it is almost easy for Lucy to pretend that life is like it was before.
…Until she wakes up to Big Molly’s big wet tongue on the side of her face and The Wee One throwing Cheerios at her.
Reality is such a rude awakening.