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Lucy Goo: A rescue dog success story

Posted May 08 2012 10:00am

rescue pets can be wonderful companionsIn 2002, I made the decision to adopt a dog.  I was already so happy with my rescued cat, Zacky, that I wanted to expand my little ‘family’.  I remembered how fun it was playing with my dogs growing up…walking, biking, and sledding with them was awesome! (I obviously didn’t grow up in Texas!)  My dogs were my best friends. My Lucy Goo is no exception.

I’m a firm believer in animal rescues, the SPCA, the Humane Society, and especially no kill shelters, like Friends for Life.  So, when the time came for me to get a dog, I put myself on some rescue lists, and visited the SPCA…It was there that I found my Lucy.

According to the SPCA, Lucy was between 6-12 months old, and a ‘terrier mix’. (I personally think Lucy looks kind of like a Golden Doodle and a terrier, so I call her my ‘Goldendoodlerrier’.)  Whatever Lucy was, though, didn’t matter..she melted my heart the instant I met her; she was my canine soul mate.

Lucy had been a neglected dog, and was skittish of certain things, such as loud noises and sudden movements.  She was extremely skinny, had fur missing, and the fur that was there was terribly matted. She was a colossal mess. But that didn’t stop me from falling in love with her the minute I saw her. The energy that Lucy put out was amazingly sweet; she was one of the most awesome dogs I had the honor of meeting and I knew I just had to be her mommy!  However, the SPCA had not spayed her yet, so I was instructed to pick her up the next day.  I went home Lucyless, and extremely eager for the next 24 hours to pass.

That afternoon, I received a phone call from the SPCA. They did blood work on her which is mandatory before performing the surgery, and found that she had heart worms. They told me that they would normally euthanize a dog under these circumstances, however, since I had already adopted Lucy, they could not do anything without my permission.  The woman I spoke with on the phone tried to persuade me to have Lucy put down.  She said that it would be the best thing to do.  My response to this was a resounding ‘NO’!  I told her to go ahead with the surgery; I would pick Lucy up afterwards, and find a solution.

The next morning I got on the phone and called my vet. Then, I called the vets my parents use for their pets, and, for good measure, I called the vet a friend of mine uses. All of them gave me the same answer…there was no reason to put Lucy down. Lucy’s heart worms would indeed be treatable, and she would be cured.  I remember sitting on the edge of my bed, crying with relief.

When I finally picked Lucy up, her eyes were glowing, and it looked like she was smiling at me; I felt so blessed. I took her home, let her spend some days resting and recovering from the surgery, then we were off to the vet to start up her treatments.  The treatments were hard on her, but her spirits were always so high.  Then, after some time, Lucy’s fur started growing back in full and glossy, and she started gaining weight. She looked like a whole new healthy, fluffy dog!  And now, Lucy has been heart worm free since 2002!  We’ve had so many great adventures together…from our walks by the bayou, to our boating adventures and road trips. Lucy is such a special part of my life, I decided to name my business after her…my ‘Lucy Goosey’…my ‘Lucy Goo’.

I hope you can use this true story as an inspiration.  If you decide that you’d like a pet, please try going the rescue route, and adopt one.  And remember, the puppies and kittens are the first to be chosen. Take a walk over to the section where the full grown dogs and cats are kept.  They may seem skittish at first, but all they need is love. Once they are given the love and attention they so desperately need and deserve, you’ll not only have a friend, but a new family member. You can save a pet’s life…one just like Lucy Goo.

For those of you who have rescued a pet, what’s your pet’s story?

Nicole Bruder is the owner of Lucy Goo Pet Sitting in Houston, Texas.

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