Protector of the Hearth Epilogue
"It's been a tough transition for the family. I never saw Anne again and with Lucy always there I never felt comfortable moving on. In a few months Lucy had her first litter. The puppies were so cute and just as well behaved as Lucy. The kids grew older and their love for Lucy grew with them. I never got Lucy fixed. It just felt weird and over the next few years Lucy had a couple more litters with that damn dog.
The pups are well-bred stock and they've done amazing well at shows. And there seem to be almost as bright as a human. The kids have really matured and risen to the task of caring for and raising them and caring for the house now that Anne is gone. But late at night when I get home from work and I see Lucy lying there with the Neighbors dogs and her puppies I really miss my Anne as I retreat to that big empty bed."
John sighed closing the book and setting on the end table. Lucy looked up at him wagging her tail. His face softened