I write this post with a broken heart. It's been a rough weekend. When I woke up on Saturday morning and saw Lucky I knew it was time. By Saturday evening I was second guessing myself. The same thing happened Sunday. This morning I woke up to the sound of Lucky trying to get up again. His back and hind legs failed him. I picked him up and put him back in his bed and knew for certain that the time had come to give him rest and peace. My poor old boy.
Seven years ago in October I saw this face on the internet at the Lucky Star Cavalier Rescue site and fell in love. He was a mess. Way too skinny, almost bald from mange, but that face! Those eyes. It was almost like he was smiling after all he'd been through. Even though he was almost 800 miles away, I knew I was going to drive 12 hours each way to go get him. I had to. I got to meet an amazing woman, Cathy, who is a wonderful foster mom to so many dogs. She is truly an angel. She cried as I put Lucky in the car, but I promised to take good care of him. He was so easy to love because he was so sweet.
Marilyn, the woman that physically rescued him from the mill also rescued two other Cavaliers, a female and a male pup that was probably going to take Lucky's place. It took some convincing, but after I had him for a few months, she sent me the picture she took the morning he was rescued. Heart wrenching. He had to be quaranteened for 16 days because of his mange. She said there were at least 100 other dogs at that mill in the same condition. Lucky was the worst of the three Cavaliers.
He had so little hair you could see his veins. He had urine stains all over him. His nails had been let go so long they grew back into his paws, ear mite damage to his ears (he's been completely deaf almost the whole time we've had him), his back had two fused vertebre from lack of exercise and being confined to a small place. At his first vet visit with us a tooth fell out in the vet's hand and he had to have nine more pulled. It took about a year to get him healthy, but it took a couple more years before he would trust anyone outside of our home. He was even timid with the boys until a few years ago. Easily, he's the sweetest, gentlest dog I've ever known even after all he'd been through.
I hadn't seen this video in a long time, but it made me smile this morning. You won't be able to watch it from a mobile device because it has a Disney song attached to it. Youtube rules. You can download it here: Lucky and Aggie Video mp4
June 1, 2015: