Lucy, a Yorkshire Terrier, was rescued from a puppy mill just about 3 years ago. She arrived in our possession as a small furry ball of fear. She had no muscle tone in her legs, and for the first month could not walk more than one block before becoming too exhausted to continue. By the looks of her elongated nipples and stretched vagina, and based on her lack of muscle, we suspected she spent most of her estimated 4 to 5 years stuck in a cage pumping out puppies. Lucy also had just one eye so we suspect that people purchasing pure breed Yorkies from that mill were never introduced to the mother of the litter. Lucy led a very sad life, till she met us.
She slowly came around. Became more energetic, slowly could walk a little farther, developed some good muscle tone in her shoulders and hips and eventually discovered play. The video below is her playing with a small tennis ball about a year after we got her. This pouncing and rolling on her back became her signature play. It was always a solitary play. If you tried to get involved she would simply abandon the game.
Lucy was a very nervous dog. Afraid of sudden and loud noises. Afraid of other people she didn’t know. During lightning storms or Halloween and New Years fireworks she would shiver in fear till she was panting from overheating. We would do our best to comfort her and keep her cool. Other than those kinds of extreme sudden noise events she did get a little better with time and would not be quite so jumpy at lesser noises.
She was uncomfortable, even with us, when you would place your face too close to hers. She would turn away. Except once in a blue moon, when she was particularly happy, she would give you a quick little kiss. Just a lick or two but we always treasured those rare kisses.
Lucy loved other dogs, especially larger dogs. Whenever we dropped her off at doggie day care Lucy would instantly go snuggle up to some random large dog she’s never met. We suspect that though she had little human interaction at the puppy mill she was obviously around other dogs and they were her go to spot when she needed comfort.
Lucy was a lap dog. She loved to snuggle with us on the couch. Her and Maggi, our miniature Schnauzer, snuggled together a lot. Seems they took turns as to who would be the pillow.
Lucy was a beautiful dog. Though the vet said it looked like she was born with the one eye it was probably a rare recessive trait and not passed on to many of her puppies. Her puppies were probably perfect Yorkie specimens. Her one eye was very endearing. The long hair on top of her head grew over the missing eye to create this adorable side bang action.
Lucy was over flowing with pure cute. It was heart-melting. Her little mouth and how sometimes one fang would poke out from her lips or when she was fully asleep the tip of her tongue would poke out just a little bit. How she would let out little snorts. Sometimes in happiness, some times in disgust. All cute.
Lucy was a dancer. She would break out in a random hoping while scratching at the ground. Sometimes hoping high, other times in circles and legs flailing about in odd directions. We thought she should audition for “So You Think You Can Dance”. We would say to her “Dance it out Lu. Dance it out” and she would proceed to bust out a few more moves. I wish we had a video of that.
Lucy had a sudden seizure last night and died. We don’t know what caused it. Could have been a brain tumor, a stroke, or her overworked nervous little heart gave out. It was very quick and she did not suffer. We’re thankful of that.
We’re sure going to miss you Lucy. You were very very special.
Support Your Local Animal Rescue Organizations!
We received Lucy through Angel’s Rescue out of Merrit, British Columbia. Today we sent Angel’s a donation through Paypal. If you are in the Southern Interior region of British Columbia, why don’t you go send them a donation too. If you are located elsewhere it should be rather easy to find an Animal Rescue organization in your area. Just do this search in Google - yourcityname Animal Rescue. You should be able to find one. Most have Paypal donation buttons on their websites.
If you are a dog lover why not adopt your next dog. It’s a wonderful thing to give a stressed animal a new life in a loving home. If you are a serious dog lover, adopt the older dogs. Very few people are willing to do so and many of the older dogs get put down. Instead give that older dog a nice comfortable retirement home for the last year or two of it’s life.
More Photo’s of Lucy
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