Likes: To sleep, FOOD!!, raw marrow bones (from Whole Foods), go for a WALK!!, burying her bones.
Pet-Peeves: The SLAUGHTER by the CITY OF DENVER of innocent pit bulls, staff terriors, and any dog that just LOOKS like a pit or staf. STOP the slaughter. Tell Denver to repeal this discriminatory, unconstitutional law that bans the breed and not the deed!
Favorite Toy: Her new T-shirt protesting Denver's slaughter of pits and staffs. She got her shirt at www.cafepress.com/massmadness
Favorite Food: Whole Foods marrow bones, Mommy's home cooked stew meat, Merrick's canned food, Dick van Patten's Natural Balance kibble (duck & sweet potato, mmm!)
Favorite Walk: Anywhere...but especially loves the nature walk along the river.
Best Tricks: Sit, shake, lie down, crawl, and, when she feels like it, "roll over".
Arrival Story: Jesse, our senior rescue dog, passed away in December 2004. Inspired by the tremendous rewards we'd received from rescuing 11-y.o. Jesse from the shelter, we knew there was another gray muzzle just waiting to find a new home. We went back to the Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) where we'd adopted Jesse and found a forlorn looking senior alone in one of the kennels. It was a hard choice, as there were so many homeless dogs awaiting rescue, many of them seniors. But it was a pit bull mix named Marcy who seemed the saddest and in the worst shape. She had no spark in her -- just lay curled up on the cement floor of her kennel, shaking from the cold and laboring to breathe. She had a large patch on her shoulder that had been shaven and an ugly, poorly healed scar from a recent surgery to remove a ruptured cyst. She was, by far, in the worst shape of all the candidates. We saw from her shelter records she'd been picked up as a stray and had been at the shelter for over 4 months. During those long four months she not only endured the surgery, but had battled a bad case of kennel cough as well. Yup, she was definitely the one who needed us most. Alexis, an adoption counselor whom we'd met one year ago when rescuing Jesse, stayed well after her quitting time to help us evaluate little Marcy. We took her into the "cat room" to see how she'd react, as it was imperative to find a dog who would get along with our kitty-kid, Nikko. Marcy paid the cats absolutely no mind, showed not one ounce of aggression. That was the clincher. As Marcy still needed a booster vaccine shot and confirmation she was spayed, we had to leave her at the shelter one more night. It was agonizing to leave her there, knowing she'd spent so many cold, lonely nights there already. But by early afternoon the next day, the HSSV vet's assistant called us to say Marcy was ready to go HOME. We brought Marcy to her new forever retirement home that same day, December 28, 2004. On that day, Marcy met Nikko, our cat and master of the house, and they have been friends from first sight. We also renamed Marcy, "Lucy", as she had a bit of a comic smile that reminded us of Lucille Ball. Lucy took no time to adjust to her new name or her new home -- she claimed ownership of the living room couch immediately; we humans have been relegated to the recliners. Lucy also proved to have fantastic house manners--fully house-trained, no chewing, no scratching...we couldn't have found a better house mate than our little Lucy Lu!
Bio: In the 2 and 1/2 months we've had Lucy, she's been to the vet numerous times, as she has a handful of health problems. Her labored breathing (our biggest concern) is most likely due to laryngeal paralysis. We initially thought Lucy had Cushing's (tracheal collapse is a Cushing's symptom), but numerous tests have suggested she does not, which is a big relief. Still, she possesses many Cushing's-like symptoms, including a pot belly, weakness/neuropathy in the hind legs, elevated Alk Phos, slow healing wounds, skin infections, sleep pattern disturbances (sleeps all day, restless at night), and the shaved hair on her shoulder that just won't grow back, even though it's been nearly 5 months since the cyst surgery. We conquered the skin infection with strong antibiotics and, now, with good nutrition, vitamin and mineral supplements and regular exercise, Lucy has improved tremendously. Her personality shines brighter each day, along with her coat. Her energy level has also improved dramatically. When she first arrived, she was extremely excercise intolerant and would become exhausted after just 10-15 minutes of walking. Now, we've got her up to about 45 minutes and she's still continuing to improve. As her overall health improves, she's also become more affectionate and playful, with both us and with her kitty-bro, Nikko. In just a short time, sweet and gentle Lucy's become entrenched in our little family. We adore her and look forward to many happy, loving days together. For as long as she's on this earth, she's got a warm home and adoring family to call her very own!
Today we sent our sweet girl, Lucy, to the Rainbow Bridge. Lucy's body could no longer serve her indomitable spirit and it was time to let her go. She is now once again running, playing and chasing the birds and squiggels, just as she did before her body failed her. We will surely be seeing her again in our dreams, and she will remain forever in our hearts. Never will we forget the joy and love she brought us, nor the lessons she taught us of living life to its utmost with integrity, humor, selflessness and extraordinary determination.
We adopted Lucy (formerly, "Marcy") from the Humane Society Silicon Valley on December 29, 2004. As a senior dog with more than her share of physical challenges, at the time of her adoption we anticipated Lucy might be with us only six months or so. However, we sorely underestimated Lucy's tenacity and strength of will. She graced our lives for nearly three and half years, every minute of which we treasured. Though her last six months were fraught with struggle, Lucy never let her handicap get in the way of enjoying her life or showering us with her unconditional love.
To our Lucy girl, we now sadly say goodbye and ask that you keep her in your thoughts as she journeys toward her next life ... o'er the rainbow and into everlasting peace.