Now that it has been almost two months since Elliott has left and we have not been able to find him, we decided it was time to start looking for a new dog. Pumpkin was having trouble getting over it, she blamed herself because she said she was mad at him that morning and maybe if she had just kept him in her room that wouldn't have happened. We went through daily crying spells of how much she missed him and how maybe he didn't remember her anymore and didn't love her anymore. We assured her he loves her so much and probably found a girlfriend, we had her write a letter to him and we spent many days talking about him. Not only was she upset but it started affecting her attitude. She became mean to her siblings and irritated at us, she didn't want to do anything besides watch tv. After two months of this I realized something needs to change.
Nathan and I talked after that and felt like we had to get a new animal asap after that conversation with her. Her heart was broken-and because of that our hearts were too- and we felt that it was important that she be restored. We told her we would go looking for a new dog this time instead of a cat because we didn't want to #1 pay another 400.00 to get it declawed and #2 run the risk of losing it again. So after prayer and discussion we went and got our new puppy Koby.
On the way home that day Pumpkin was in the back of the van and I did not see her stop smiling at ALL. A song came on the radio (christian station) and she says, "mom, can you turn up this song?" i turned it up and looked in my mirror at the sweetest sight of my 8 year old with her eyes closed, hugging her new puppy, and praising her Savior!" She recognized that God had blessed her with another animal to love in her time of loss and grieving. He had restored her heart and she knew that the first thing that she should do is PRAISE THE LORD for all that he has done for her! What a great ending to a horrible week!