I received an email about 10 days ago from Vicky L. in Connecticut, who was interested in adopting blind Lucy. Vicky and her family have adopted several rescued Greyhounds over the years, including a three-legged one they lost earlier this year. They still have one Greyhound, an 11-year old named Fawn. They also have a couple of adopted horses -- one of which came with its best friend, a miniature donkey -- and a goat, too.
Vicky wrote, "You're probably wondering why we would go from Greyhounds to a Dachshund. Well, the truth is my daughter wants a snuggle bug in her bed with her. Have you ever snuggled with a Greyhound? Not an easy task. Although our three-legged Greyhound was a snuggle bug, she took up half the bed."
I wrote Vicky back and said, "If you want a snuggle bug, that’s Lucy! Snuggling is her thing."
After we worked through the arrangements and scheduled a trip, Vicky emailed to say, "My daughter and I were at Petco and we bought a new dog bed, a harness with matching leash (of course in pink). Also a new pink coat, although hopefully we won't need that till winter. Oh, and a pink kong." I told Vicky I didn't even know they made pink kongs!
So this past Wednesday, Alayne took Lucy to our vet clinic in Whitefield to get her interstate health certificate, and on Friday, Vicky drove up from Connecticut to meet Miss Snuggle Bug. I took the photo above of the two of them in our dog room, just before they hit the road for home.
And here they are in the car, with Lucy sporting her new pink harness ... and please note the pink bed for the ride:
After getting home Friday afternoon, Vicky emailed to say, "Lucy took about a half hour to settle in the car (as I expected) but she then settled right down on my lap. Only time she woke was to change positions.... I am truly amazed how she loves to explore. She pretty much covered the whole yard. We TRULY love her to pieces already! (How can you not?) Thank you for providing her with such a wonderful place and for allowing us to give her a forever home!"
Thank YOU, Vicky!
I told Kate later that day that this is the kind of thing Alayne and I live for -- to see a little blind dog like Lucy end up in a loving home with someone like Vicky. Wow.
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