About a year and a half ago, one of our Sanctuary’s longest residents left for her forever home. Lucy came to us shy, scared, and very unsure about her new surroundings in 2013. She was a project in every sense of the word, but no one thought she would be here for 4 years! Lucy went through numerous canine boyfriends at the Sanctuary and had dozens of friends, but was super stubborn on walks and really only did what she wanted to do. Though she was making great strides, she was still a shy and nervous girl with many quirks that made her match tough to find.
And then one day, two of our volunteers met Lucy and fell in love. Natalie and Dan started coming to visit Lucy on a daily basis to spend time with her, and even brought her home for a few sleepovers! Lucy bonded with Natalie first, and with lots of patience and understanding, warmed up to Dan as well. When they applied to adopt her, we didn’t want to get our hopes up, but we knew we had to give it a shot. And thank goodness we did because Lucy found her perfect home! She adores her mom and dad, puts up with her new feline roomies, and has settled in wonderfully.
As an added bonus, we still get to see Lucy often in our Family Companions training classes! They have helped her gain the confidence she was hoping to find for so long. Lucky for her, her owners are dedicated to giving Lucy everything she needs to be the best dog she can be! Speaking of, guess what else they gave Lucy? Her very own fenced-in backyard! That’s right, they built it just for her. While they were going through the adoption process, Natalie and Dan were searching for their first home together. High up on their “must-have” list was a big backyard for their new family member to run and play in! Lucy couldn’t be happier. She LOVES rolling in the grass, smelling the flowers and pine trees, and getting her zoomies out in that backyard. She enjoys playing with her many toys, especially the tennis ball launcher and her giant jolly ball. To also make her life even better, they even bought a king sized bed so Lucy has plenty of room. Talk about a spoiled pup!!
Natalie sent us a note recently with a lovely update on Lucy. We couldn’t say it any better ourselves:
“Lucy taught us to speak softer, laugh harder, and to always keep working on ourselves. We’d like to thank everyone who helped Lucy wait for us. Who gave her massages, tuck-ins, and taught her to make friends. Without you all, she would have never let us love her. Lucy has changed so much since her adoption. She has overcome so many fears, especially the tactile paving at the end of the sidewalk and school buses, has made so many new friends (including her initially pitbull-hesitant Mémère and Pépère), and we hope to continue working with her to help her learn to enjoy (instead of tolerate) new things even if it’ll take some time.
“Sniffaris” are her favorite activity and Christmas trees are her favorite scent. This spring, Lucy will be getting a sensory garden in the backyard to help keep things interesting and bring some of that Sniffari fun to our own backyard. She likes having jobs and hates ducks, geese, and all green leafy veggies, even in the homemade pasta form she will pull them out of her bowl and eat the remaining good stuff with impressive precision. All friends, new and old, are welcome follow her on Instagram @MouthBreather_Lucy and see this new and improved semi-social version of the Lucy we all have come to know and love!”