Lucy's Story

Why did you decide to rescue? 

I’ve always grown up with rescue dogs. My grandmother used to take in stray cats. My first dog growing up came from a shelter. She lived to be 17 and was the smartest sweetest dog. It wasn’t really a question of if I would rescue, it was more of a when I get a dog it will be a rescue. There are so many great dogs in shelters and they usually live longer than pure breed dogs from breeders.

Please tell us your story with rescuing.  

I've wanted a dog of my own for as long as I can remember. When I finally got an apartment of my own that allowed dogs I started looking online at different shelters. On North Shore Animal League's website they had a couple of Chinese crested puppies so I ran out there the very next day to see if they were still there. Unfortunately by the time I got there they were already adopted. On our way out of the shelter I spotted the cutest little chihuahua. I saw someone else was interested in her so I ran and grabbed one of the employees. We took her out and as soon as I held her she licked my face and I knew it was over. I was taking her home. I renamed her Lucy and the rest is history. She is the sweetest, feistiest little thing. She loves to give kisses and snuggles with me every night. This past October we noticed a lump on her shoulder and immediately took her to the vet. It turned out to be a Stage 2 cancerous melanoma and the way it was wrapping around her shoulder they would need to amputate her leg. The prognosis was very good that they could get all the cancerous cells and she would go on to live a healthy long life so it wasn't even a question. She had the surgery December 1st and while the recovery took some time she is now the happiest little hop-a-long around. You can hardly tell she ever started with 4 legs! She runs just as fast and plays just as much. 

What was your biggest fear with rescuing and how did this fear play out once all was said and done? 

My biggest fear is that people believe shelter dogs come with behavioral issues and baggage. Lucy came from a puppy mill in LA and it has had no lasting effects on her. 

Would you rescue again?
I will never be the type of person to get a dog from a pet store or breeder. I will continue to support no kill shelters and adopt.
What would you say the most positive part of rescuing is?

I feel like these dogs know you saved their life and love you that much more because of it. 

What would you like everyone to know about this topic?

My best advice to anyone is to get pet insurance. I have Trupanion. It is my saving grace and the whole reason I was able to afford my dogs surgery and she's still here with me today. 

How can we stay up to date with Lucy?

While researching canine cancer and amputation I found that there wasn't a lot out there to show what to expect. I started Lucy an Instagram account in the hopes that other people will see her story and see that amputation isn't the end of a happy life. Her handle is @lucywobbles

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