147 responses

  1. Dori
    August 4, 2009

    Love Madeline! She looks like such a sweet little girl. I want a pup so badly!

  2. Amanda
    August 4, 2009

    Absolutely perfect! I didn’t suggest that name bc I want to name my future HUMAN daughter Madeline hahha. Congrats Meghann, on your new family member.

  3. caitlin
    August 4, 2009

    im going to steal her!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. jessica
    August 4, 2009

    awww that is the perfect name!! What a cutie!

  5. Island Girl Eats
    August 4, 2009

    She is lovely. But she will always be Bella to me!!!

  6. leslie
    August 4, 2009

    congratulations! she is beautiful~

  7. Madelin
    August 4, 2009

    That is my name!!! Love it!!! She is so cute :)

  8. Holly
    August 4, 2009

    She is just adorable!! I love her name, too. And you are right – Abbie is surely smiling down on you both. :-)

  9. Katie
    August 4, 2009

    I know how you feel! When my cat, Charlotte passed away I was devastated but once I got Baby (new cat), I really could start to heal. Now I have a hubby, Baby and Red (another cat) and our family is complete!

  10. jeannie962
    August 4, 2009

    First — I’m so sorry to hear about Abbie. It literally brought me to tears reading about it. But I’m so glad you’ve got little Maddy now! She is precious and beautiful and will be much work as a puppy but totally worth it of course. And good choice in names… my dog’s name is Madison, Maddie for short. She’s a lucky pup!!!

  11. diana
    August 4, 2009

    Your new little girls is so very cute. I am glad she has found someone who will take care of her well. Best wishes.

  12. Whit
    August 4, 2009

    Maddy is perfect! She is soooo cute!

  13. Justy2003
    August 4, 2009

    Maddy is adorable! While I’m sure she can’t replace Abby, hopefully she’ll help you grieve through this time and I’m sure you two will become best friends! :)

  14. Janie
    August 4, 2009

    She is precious! I know exactly what you mean about feeling empty in your home by yourself. Maddy will be the perfect addition:)

  15. misslabella
    August 4, 2009

    Maddy is so cute! Wish, I could have such a puppy, too. But my hubby doesn`t want.

  16. Erin
    August 4, 2009

    Maddy is absolutely adorable — welcome to Blogland, Maddy! :)

  17. Pam
    August 4, 2009

    She is so adorable! She is one lucky puppy to be adopted by you!

  18. runeatrepeat
    August 4, 2009

    Adorable :)

  19. Ally
    August 4, 2009

    I am so glad you found a sweet little puppy!!! When my Hanna died I lasted a week before we brought home another little lady–it’s just so hard when there’s no one there waiting for you. She is so cute and I know she’ll never replace Abbie, but, she’ll fill a space in your heart. She’s so cute!!!

  20. Holly
    August 4, 2009
  21. Deva
    August 4, 2009

    I have a soft spot for the name Maddy.

  22. Mica
    August 4, 2009

    She’s quite the cutie!

  23. mrsalley
    August 4, 2009

    Such a cute girl! Love the name. My Russel has a very similar face!

  24. Quinn
    August 4, 2009

    A perfect name! She is too cute for words.

  25. lowandbhold
    August 4, 2009

    Aw she is so adorable! And I love the name! I’m so happy that you’ve got a new puppy to love and cherish and I know Abbie is so happy. Congrats!

  26. jentrinque
    August 4, 2009

    SOOOO adorable! Love it!

  27. Niki
    August 4, 2009

    I love that name!! She definitely looks like a girl girl:) So glad she is there to help you through this hard time! Looking forward to hearing about all your adventures with little Maddy! Makes me want to get another puppy!!

  28. Lauren
    August 4, 2009

    Maddy is a great name!

  29. nutritionbyeve
    August 4, 2009

    omg, she is absolutely adorable!!! that was so nice of caitlin to take her for the day, she is clearly in good hands.

  30. Katie
    August 4, 2009

    Oh! Madeline is a doll! So cute and tiny! I was wondering if you wouldn’t mind talking about how you chose the breeder and how important it was to go and actually see the puppies in their home environment. I do a lot of work with organizations in MN to stop puppy mills and am always trying to educate people on how important it is to research responsible breeders or adopt from a shelter.

    Congrats on your new baby, based on what a great home Abbie had, I know that Madeline will be pampered!!!

  31. Becci
    August 4, 2009

    What a beautiful puppy! I know she will be a great comfort to you (but never a replacement for Abbie) and you will give her all the love in the world. Congrats on being a new fur-mommy!!

  32. Kim
    August 4, 2009

    Welcome, Madeline!!! And what a completely perfect name for her!

  33. tami
    August 4, 2009

    My children love the Madeline series of books! best wishes with your new pup, it’s nice to see your smiling face in that picture

  34. Luna
    August 4, 2009

    absolutely adorable and the name fits her so much…love the 1st pic, pinky pinky nails and collar :)

  35. Debbra
    August 4, 2009

    So cute!! Congrats on your new fur baby. The two of your will have many great adventures together.

  36. Caroline
    August 4, 2009

    Oh my! Maddy is such a cutie. I remember when we first got our JRT (15 years ago!), he was so small, we couldn’t see him through the grass!
    I’m asking for a female JRT for graduation this year–I hope she’s half as cute as Miss Madeline:)

  37. Gina
    August 4, 2009

    She is so adorable! And it’s good to see that you’re smiling again, and I’m sure Abbie is smiling with you. Maddy is perfect, very girly :-)

  38. Sam
    August 4, 2009

    great name for the new puppy…. but you are personifying your DOG.
    Abbie couldn’t speak and neither can Maddy!

    • caitlin
      August 4, 2009

      you are so smart.

      • Sara
        August 4, 2009

        hey caitlin, was that sarcasm?
        maybe meghann “knows” what Maddy and Abbie were saying but i really doubt some things…. like did Abbie really love being on the blog? did she even know what the blog was?!

        just sayin’….

      • Jess
        August 4, 2009

        Don’t people have better things to do?! Pets become part of families just like people do. Meghann just lost a loved one give the girl a break.

  39. Andee (Runtolive)
    August 4, 2009

    She is adorable! Maddy is the perfect name :)

  40. brandi
    August 4, 2009

    Madeline is precious! We did the same thing after putting our last schnauzer down from cancer – our family didn’t last one week. It was just so lonely in the house and there are more animals out there that need good homes. I’m SO glad you found a puppy and one that Abbie would have been friends with :) She’d be happy for you for sure

  41. Anne P
    August 4, 2009

    Aw I am so happy to see you have a new little friend :) And an adorable one, at that! Can’t wait to read all about her adventures :)

  42. Amelia
    August 4, 2009

    What a great name! It fits! She’s adorable and I’m glad to hear she’s settling in well! :)

  43. Therese
    August 4, 2009

    Maddy is the perfect name for that little face!! It’s nice to see you smiling. I wrote a little post today in reference to your loss…

    http://healthyhotthousewife.blogspot.com/2009/08/vivid-dreams-and-hunger-pains.html

  44. trinichiqn
    August 4, 2009

    It is hard not to have a pet after having one for a long time. My dog Treasure died a little over a year ago, although we had other dogs it was hard not having one that was especially happy to see me. I now have Maxine who gets an extra wiggle when she hears my voice.

    I love those rubbermaid bowls. I have practically the whole range and I recently learned that they are BPA free.

  45. Andrea
    August 4, 2009

    I am so happy that you got a new friend, she is cute!

  46. Shannon (The Daily Balance)
    August 4, 2009

    Madeline is so precious! can’t wait to see all the adventures the two of you have together ;)

  47. Amanda
    August 4, 2009

    Perfect name for her!

  48. Lindsey (Mrs. LC)
    August 4, 2009

    She is so precious!!! Can I come over and play with her?? :)

  49. Sara
    August 4, 2009

    LOVE the name! It’s just perfect. Oh, she’s so cute.

  50. orangechic
    August 4, 2009

    Congrats on bringing Madeline home, she is a beautiful dog and I am sure she will bring you a lot of happiness!

  51. Allison
    August 4, 2009

    OH Madeline – I love you already!

  52. Courtney
    August 4, 2009

    Sooooooooooooooooooooo cute!!! =D

    http://runningstronger.wordpress.com/

  53. Danielle C.
    August 4, 2009

    Madeline is the perfect name. :)

  54. VeggieGirl
    August 4, 2009

    PRECIOUS!!

  55. Sammie
    August 4, 2009

    Meghann she is gorgeous. I am so happy that you got another companion. You two beauties are a perfect pair. I am looking forward to seeing more of her on the blog.

  56. Mandy A
    August 4, 2009

    Meghann, she is just too cute for words!!

    I have to say I’m partial to the name… That’s what i named my daughter ;) Good choice!

  57. Dotsie
    August 4, 2009

    Maddy is absolutely adorable! I’m so glad you adopted her. (and I love your blog!)

    Take care!

  58. Erica
    August 4, 2009

    Perfect name! Keep the adorable pictures coming

  59. ~carolyn~
    August 4, 2009

    You did good!

    I know this is a bittersweet time, but I think you have been brought together with Maddy for a reason.

    I am excited for you and a little envious that I dont have that sweet little face to greet me when I get home from work tonight.

    Thanks so much for sharing all of this with your blog readers. I have read your blog every day for the last 9 months and even though you have no idea who I am, I feel like I know you and I cried for you and now I am smiling for you.

    Enjoy you new little precious!!!

  60. Jess
    August 4, 2009

    I never thought I’d say this, but you almost make me want a puppy. The kind of love you show for them is truly admirable.

  61. Megan
    August 4, 2009

    She is adorable! Enjoy her!

  62. greenbean
    August 4, 2009

    Hi Maddy!!!

    I am SOOO happy to see you smiling again, Meghann. Man, I never met ya but I feel like I’ve been going through all this with you.

    Enjoy sharing your home with you sweet girl. I’m so happy for you right now.

  63. Jenna
    August 4, 2009

    meghann i am so glad you got a new pup so quick! i love the name madeline for her, so cutee ;)

    jenna
    http://jennaelise.blogspot.com/

  64. Jennifer
    August 4, 2009

    Aww Maddy is a cutie! Glad you were able to find a new companion, though it won’t ever replace Abbie I do hope it will help ease the pain.

  65. tiponz
    August 4, 2009

    congrats!!

  66. suzanne
    August 4, 2009

    She is adorable. Can’t wait to see her as she grows :)

  67. Matt
    August 4, 2009

    Cute new puppy!

  68. Carly
    August 4, 2009

    LOVE her!! Congratulations!

  69. Robin
    August 4, 2009

    She is so sweet! Have fun with her. You will be surprised at how well she will make you heal.

  70. Gloria
    August 4, 2009

    Oh my gosh Madeline is beautiful!!

  71. Erin
    August 4, 2009

    Madeline is so precious!

  72. Angela
    August 4, 2009

    Congratulations on your beautiful little girl, she is precious and the name suits her to a “T”. I hope she helps heal your broken heart. As a single person living alone with a pet and having similar experiences, I can tell you that the loss of a pet is often the very hardest.

    I don’t want to be a critical, especially since you are going through such a difficult time, but I hope I can offer some constructive advice. I have noticed you are using the word “adopt” in reference to sweet Maddie and while you are no doubt going to give her a wonderful home, adopting a dog in need from a rescue or a shelter and buying a puppy from a breeder are two extremely different things. It may just seem nitpicky and like a difference in semantics, but a huge amount of impressionable women, both old and young, read your blog and are influenced by you and what you do, so as silly as it sounds, the words do matter.

    • Caitlin
      August 4, 2009

      *Groan*
      Give the girl a break! Not a good time for a soap box.

    • Kelly
      August 4, 2009

      You are completely right…it is just “nitpicky and like a difference in semantics”. Thanks for your input though I’m sure we could have never lived without it.

    • Janet
      August 4, 2009

      I have to agree with Angela. While I think it is wonderful that you are bringing a new dog into your life, it is important to distinguish between adoption and buying from a breeder. Buying a dog from a reptuable breeder is fine if that is the route you would like to take, but it is not adoption. Some may say it is semantics, but those of us who work with rescue organizations see “adopt” and “get from a breeder” as two very different things.

    • Alyssa
      August 4, 2009

      Would you have rather Meghann not a get a dog at all? You don’t want to be critical, and yet you are. There are millions of homeless dogs out there or are in shelters, and they come BOTH from people who abandon them/etc AND from those who are not bought from a breeder.

      • Angela
        August 4, 2009

        Caitlin-Wow, I guess I’ll be removing Healthy Tipping Point from my list of favorite blogs. As someone who presents themselves as a person who is open to criticism and seems to consider themselves an educator, I’m surprised at your reaction to what I thought was a well worded piece of constructive advice…like it or not, adoption and buying a puppy are not the same thing and while I don’t begrudge anyone the love of a dog, acquired by either of those means, words matter. As someone who is putting post its up all around town telling women they are beautiful I would think you would understand that.

        Meghann-I apologize if I hurt your feelings, that was most definitely not my intent. I love reading your blog and I have recommended it to so many people (along with Caitlin’s which unfortunately I now regret) and would never want to upset you during a time which I know is heartbreaking. My thoughts are with you and my heart was in the right place, even if it didn’t come out that way.

      • caitlin
        August 4, 2009

        um angela… that wasnt me. there are other caitlin’s in this world.

      • MegaNerd
        August 4, 2009

        LOL

      • Caitlin from MD
        August 4, 2009

        Yes, this is another Caitlin but holy COW that was some kind of blog-rage. Sorry to the “real” Caitlin for tarnishing our good name!

      • caitlin
        August 4, 2009

        Caitlin in MD –

        You are the real Caitlin, too. :)

        Caitlins unite!!

      • Angela
        August 4, 2009

        Caitlin-My mistake, but in your snarky replies, you justified my response, no less.

        Caitlin in MD-Not “blog rage”, just a well thought out response to the attack on my comments.

        Janet-Thank you for getting my point and for the support. I had no idea I’d unleash the wrath of the “Mean Girls” of the blog world, but you live and learn. It has opened my eyes though to what is clearly all talk. Good luck.

      • caitlin
        August 4, 2009

        angela – i really don’t why im replying to you because you are going to misconstrue whatever i say… but its worth a shot.

        my comment was not “snarky”. it was a response to you slandering (albeit mistakenly) my good blog name when the “caitlin” in question didn’t even hyperlink to my blog! i think i was well within my right to be a little upset that you had the nerve to come down on ME so harshly because some other caitlin had a comment that disagreed with what you said.

        you have to understand that bloggers are constantely facing undue criticism (much much worse and nasty than your remarks, which i agree were well spoken. i dont necessarily agree with your comments, though). we get comments that we literally have to delete they are so nasty.

        so when you come down on me and slander my reputation for something that i didn’t even SAY, you bet i’m going to respond. i think i was well within my right to say what i said.

        sorry if i lost a reader but this is all the truth. if you can dish it out, you can take it.

      • Janet
        August 4, 2009

        Wow…this has gotten out of hand. Without attacking anyone, I was just saying that getting a dog from a reputable breeder is one thing and adoption is another. They are both personal, acceptable choices, but they are not the same.

      • Angela
        August 4, 2009

        I so regret ever posting in the first place, I usually only read.

        Caitlin-I apologize for my original remarks directed your way. It was an honest mistake on my part and could have been cleared up with a simple “It wasn’t me”. Good luck with your blog and Operation Beautiful.

    • Jennifer @ His N’ Her Health
      August 4, 2009

      Wow.. normally I wouldn’t reply to this such thing, but as I recall Meghann said she “adopted” her from a breeder. Any dog you get you are adopting because human’s do not birth dogs. Duh! It isn’t like Meghann didn’t state where she got her. I am all for getting dogs from shelters, but I didn’t get my two from one. Every dog needs a home no matter where they come from. Maddie (Maddy?) is perfect for her and she makes her happy so that is all that matters. It really isn’t the time to judge after losing a loved one.

    • Derek
      August 4, 2009

      After scrolling and scrolling and then getting to the end of this thread, I think it can be longer so I’m here to post. It’s like 1990’s aol chat room meets 21st century blogworld. So I have a comment and a question.

      1. Angela – My humble, personal opinion…..you seem to take yourself and things a bit too seriously.
      2. Caitlin – Did you really groan out loud? =()

  73. chocolatepickle
    August 4, 2009

    Aw your new pup is so cute! L.O.V.E. your blog, by the way-and maybe I’m just jealous that you live in warmth and I live in the cold midwest!! Just started up a blog of my one……www.chocolatepickle.wordpress.com. It’ll be up and running soon so I hope you will check it out!

  74. She-Fit
    August 4, 2009

    awh, I love madeline. She is way too cute!

  75. Menden
    August 4, 2009

    Oh what a sweet precious little pup! Maddy is too cute for words…I’m sure she’ll be well loved! :)

  76. Chocolate Shoestrings
    August 4, 2009

    awwwwwwwwwwww. Hi Maddy! Nice to meet you :) You are such a precious little gem

  77. Mandee
    August 4, 2009

    Madeline is one of my all time favorite names. You have great taste, Meghann! She’s absolutely adorable and looks like she would be a great candidate to share some of that love that you have overflowing in your heart. Dogs can be great for healing out hearts. I know that you have experienced this in your life from reading about how you met Abbey and also about your other dog Scooby. I wish you nothing but the best and the same to your new furry family member! Can’t wait to see what fun you guys get into now! :]

  78. Nina
    August 4, 2009

    Meghann, she’s so perfect! I’m glad you’re healing, and I would have done the same thing.

  79. JB
    August 4, 2009

    abbie is up in doggy heaven, happy for you that you found adorable maddy! i have a dog up in doggie heaven too. i know what it feels like to lose a pet you love so much. i grew up with an amazing labrador who passed away when i was 13. i could cry right now just thinking about him. i’m really glad for you that you have a new puppy companion. she’s sooooo cute.

    -JB
    http://cardiovegsular.wordpress.com

  80. Evan Thomas
    August 4, 2009

    Madeline looks like a great new friend :-)

  81. Tammy Eros
    August 4, 2009

    For some reason, all my pets end up with human names too! When my beloved kitten, Chloe, passed away in 2000, I put her “things” away, because I couldn’t stand to see them, with her gone. The “foster mom” I adopted her from immediately suggested another kitten and I was very opposed. I just didn’t want to risk the hurt of losing another pet. Then, I started thinking…well, if I get one, she will be lonely…Needless to say, I got 2 a few days later and Shelby and Abigail continue to be a joy! I hope Maddie will ease your loss and create some new, fun memories of her own!

  82. Rebeca
    August 4, 2009

    Omg… Madeline is the perfect name for her!

    Where in the DR was your mom? My parents used to be missionaries there when I was a really young… so we know a ton of the people there. That’s so cool!

  83. Laura
    August 4, 2009

    She is so cutie!! Love her name!!

  84. Sheri
    August 4, 2009

    Omg…Madeline is such a precious little girl! I am glad that you are healing and have a wonderful little pup to love to bits! :)

  85. Casey
    August 4, 2009

    She is adorable! I’m sure she will fill your heart and life with joy. So sorry to hear about little Abbie.

  86. Aggie
    August 4, 2009

    I’m catching up…

    So sorry to hear about your sweet pup Abbie…heartbreaking to lose a pet. But your new friend is adorable….you are an animal lover and Madeline is lucky to have you as a mom!!

  87. *Groan* *Eye Roll*
    August 4, 2009

    Jeez Angela, shut your pie hole!

  88. Natalie M.
    August 4, 2009

    Meghann,

    I’m a bit behind on reading posts since I’ve had limited computer access over the past week but I just want to say I’m extremely sorry for your loss… Madeline is beautiful! I wish you all the best :)

  89. Kelly
    August 4, 2009

    For some of you have commented in a negative tone I would like to let you know that right now I am staring into the beautiful happy eyes of my family boxer, Scooby. As Meghann mentioned before we adopted him shortly after the passing of our boxer Rover. Scooby was never a replacement of Rover but he did help our broken hearts mend. 7 years later we love him more than anything but Rover will always hold a special place in our hearts.

  90. Melissa S.
    August 4, 2009

    ahhhhhh….I wanna babysit her!!!!!!!!

  91. ttfn300
    August 4, 2009

    madeline is a great name :)

  92. Rosey Rebecca
    August 4, 2009

    Aww the name is perfect!! When my beagle died a a year and half ago, I knew I’d get another Beagle eventually! I plan to when I move to a pet friendly apartment! :-)

  93. Sarah (from See Sarah Eat)
    August 4, 2009

    Welcome Maddy! She is a cutie :)

  94. Juicy Jessy
    August 4, 2009

    she is just TOOO CUTE!!! :-)

  95. Beth @ CrossBorderCravings
    August 4, 2009

    The new puppy is gorgeous!!

  96. Sweet and Fit
    August 4, 2009

    Maddy is so cute!

    I am so behind in my google reader, and I just got the news – I am sooooo sorry Meghann! I can’t imagine what you must have went through.

    can’t wait for more pics of this cutie!

  97. Jess
    August 4, 2009

    Awww, she is too cute. I hope to meet her soon. We should try and plan a doggie day next time I come to Orlando, that would be a blast!

    Hang in there as you still greive for Abbie, but I’m glad you have a new someone to love on!

  98. Meghann’s Mom
    August 4, 2009

    Just wanted to give a little of my thoughts. Yesterday her Dad called me on the way home from work and asked me If I wanted to go to Ocala to find a new friend for Meghann. Now Madeline is by no means a replacement for Abbie, she is her new friend. Meghann is a stong, loving woman and we felt she needed to have someone to love, to keep her company, and someone to love her back. Yes I know it hasn’t been that long since we lost our Abbie. She was a big part of our family as Madeline will be. Yet with this loss her Dad and I could see and feel that big hole in her heart and wanted to help her heal.
    Now the about the adoption. Madeline was “adopted” from a breeder. To me there is no differenence. I understand there are many lovable dogs waiting in shelters and I encourage dog lovers to see that as an option. To me when a dog is “adopted” whether from a breeder or a shelter, she is joining a family.
    From the dictionary:
    a·dopt·ed, a·dopt·ing, a·dopts

    To take into one’s family through legal means and raise as one’s own child.
    So to you my precious Meghann, enjoy your new addition, love her to honor Abbie.
    With big hugs
    Mom

    • Derek
      August 4, 2009

      well said

    • Elisabeth
      August 4, 2009

      You have the best Mom, Meghann!

  99. karla
    August 4, 2009

    she is adorable!

  100. Simone
    August 4, 2009

    Abbie is definitely smiling down on You and Maddy! :)

  101. Nicole C.
    August 4, 2009

    Meghann, I’m so happy for you! You have such a big heart and are so giving – it made sense for your to share your love with someone who needs a good home. Abbie would be so proud of you. She loves you and will always be your guardian angel!

  102. papayafish
    August 4, 2009

    what an adorable little peach! So beautiful, Meghann! Good luck with your new best friend : )

  103. Susan
    August 4, 2009

    Cute pic of you two girls at the end ;) I totally understand why you decided to get another dog right away. From the sounds of it, you’re in the perfect situation for a new pet, and I know you’ll be a great momma to her!!! Can’t wait to see all your new adventures together :)

  104. Bec
    August 4, 2009

    aww love the name :) I am sure Abbie would have loved her too!

  105. Jess
    August 4, 2009

    I’m so happy for you Meghann. I’m so glad this little girl can bring you happiness during a time that you need it most. I can’t wait to see more of her on the blog!

  106. Hangry Pants
    August 4, 2009

    Intense!

    Meghann, Your new puppy is a pretty girl and I love her pink collar. I hope she keeps you company and gives you lots of licks. :D

  107. Lindsay Lu
    August 4, 2009

    Meghann! She is soooooooo cute! I love her!

  108. M
    August 4, 2009

    i love Maddy, and I really, really love your mom. (And I thought Angela’s comment was very eloquent, too.)

    When I recently lost a pet, I wanted to adopt immediately because I was so devastated about not having my little friend. I ended up waiting about two months — we all grieve differently, and i needed a little bit of time to actually go through with the adoption — and while i adore my new pet, i still, many months later, cry for and grieve over my lost pet. They are not mutually exclusive; you can adopt a new girl and still love and cherish your lost girl. In the end, i came to the same realization as you — i had so much to give, and i knew that my little guy would have wanted me to rescue a new pet (especially since i ended up with a very adorable little girl!).

  109. Aimee
    August 4, 2009

    So sweet!

  110. k
    August 4, 2009

    you should enter maddie into this contest! http://www.cutestdogcompetition.com/index.cfm

  111. Andrea [bella eats]
    August 4, 2009

    Meghann – Maddie is perfect. What a sweet, sweet girl. I love the pink collar and her cute girly face. Congratulations!

  112. steph
    August 4, 2009

    what an adorable face!!! she is lucky to have you

  113. KatieF
    August 4, 2009

    Maddie is beautiful! What a sweet little thing!

  114. Laura
    August 4, 2009

    Adorable! I’m glad to see you have another puppy to keep you company. I couldn’t imagine not having a pet.

  115. Meredith
    August 4, 2009

    She’s adorable!

  116. Lisa
    August 4, 2009

    Meghann, I am sooo happy for you! Maddie is so adorable and it’s great to see you smiling. We’ll always remember Abbie and I can’t wait to see more cute pics of Maddie :)

  117. Laura
    August 4, 2009

    What a sweetie!

  118. Diana
    August 4, 2009

    Meghann, I read your blog all the time, and it was very apparent how important Abbie was to you. I admire your strength, and Maddie is so cute. She makes me wish i lived on a “pet friendly” floor in my building. :)

  119. katie
    August 4, 2009

    Maddie is so adorable. When I got my puppy, I bought her from a store. I didn’t know about puppy mills and don’t plan on doing that again, but did my dog need love any less than a shelter dog? No! All dogs need love and I don’t regret getting her for one second. I just regret crossing the paths of other dog owners who reprimand me for using a pet store. I plan to adopt my next dog after what I have learned, but that doesn’t discount that my dog needed her own version of “saving.” Yes, I paid for her and I fed into a bad system. But I also don’t buy local and organic food all the time and can’t spend forever beating myself up about not always supporting the best, most honorable agriculture and sometimes shopping at a big chain supermarket for chain brands. I just do the best I can for my dog, my community, and myself, as I know you are doing Meghann.

    I hope you and the pup have a good first night together! My pup cried all night on our first night, I got no sleep! But I love her anyway :)

    • caitlin
      August 5, 2009

      here ye, here ye!

  120. Helena
    August 5, 2009

    Aww she is so adorable! I gotta admit I ended up looking up dogs for adoption yesterday at work as a result lol. Can’t wait until I get a place where I can keep a dog. :)

  121. Veronica
    August 5, 2009

    She is so freaking cute, makes me wanna run out and adopt another dog!!

  122. Kristin
    August 5, 2009

    “Boy, that escalated quickly… I mean, that really got out of hand fast.”

    The new puppy is so adorable and I wish you two the best of luck :)

    • marcela
      August 6, 2009

      love the anchor man reference Kristin!
      M- you have such good taste in puppies :)
      Caitlin from the tipping point- I am even more of a devoted reader now!

  123. healthy ashley
    August 6, 2009

    She is beyond adorable! I can’t wait to meet her!!

  124. Leana
    August 6, 2009

    I was so sorry to hear about Abbie. She was such an adorable pup. Madeline looks so sweet and I’m sure she will definitely help you to heal. She’s a lucky doggie!!

  125. Alex
    August 7, 2009

    Wow.

    I understand that bloggers get a lot of flak – and some of it unnecessarily, I’m sure – but I don’t think that creates the right to attack someone for what was otherwise a well-worded and constructive comment. Because really, then you’re just doing the same thing that you get mad at commenters for doing.

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