Lindy thought that she wasn’t quite ready for another dog yet when Tallulah came into her life, but Tallulah lives up to the adage that things happen for a reason.

Lindy met Tallulah through the Nashville dog daycare where her pug Thurston was attending playgroups. The daycare staff knew that Lindy was still grieving the loss of her other pug Lovey who had passed away recently too young at the age of 4 years, but they asked her to give Tallulah a try.

“Getting Tallulah was very healing because she was a rescue and she really needed us,” says Lindy.

Originally called Maddy, once she got her new forever family name, Tallulah refused to even acknowledge anyone who called her old name.

Now 14 years old, Tallulah is not your average pug. She is finicky about food, and who she accepts into her heart.

Lindy tells us, “It’s strange to have a dog while you’re dating because your dog also needs to have a relationship with that person if things are going to go anywhere.”

When Lindy first started dating her now-husband Kwame, he made the mistake of sitting on Tallulah’s part of the couch. She let her feelings be known by pooping on the floor in front of him–a serious indictment from a dog who is completely house-trained and would NEVER go inside.

Kwame made up for his faux pas, and over the years, he and Tallulah have become very close. She is even willing to share Lindy with him, a concession Tallulah was not willing to make to her adopted brother Thurston. “I would have to sit on the couch, and tell them, ‘You can have this leg and you can have the other.”

When she first started coming to Doggedly Devoted, Lindy’s parents would ask her all the time if Tallulah was there so that they would know whether to check Facebook for photos. “Now they know her days, so they know when to look, and my dad asks after her friends by name: ‘How’s Tallulah’s friend Rosie doing?’”

We asked Lindy what advice she had for owners of senior dogs. She told us, “When they’re going potty you have to pay attention to everything that is coming out. Knowing how their poop is and if anything changes can be your first clue that something isn’t quite right.”

That’s good advice for dogs of all ages!