||Fourteen years old|
|| Golden Retriever|
||Limerick, Ireland |
This is our family dog Lucy. Lucy lives with my parents Mary and Richard in Limerick, Ireland. My brother Eoin and I used to also live at home at various stages of school, college and employment but now I live in New Zealand and my brother lives in another part of Ireland.
Lucy came into our lives about ten years ago. At the time we had recently lost a very treasured family pet Molly the Basset Hound and were all completely heartbroken. My uncle rang my Dad to let him know that he had been monitoring a beautiful but obviously mistreated Golden Retreiver who had been pacing the roads near his house for a few days. He left some food out for her as she looked very hungry and she slowly took shelter in his shed. He rang us as he knew we are huge dog lovers and thought we could come take a look at her. I must admit, as I had been so devastated by losing Molly at the time I couldn't imagine loving another dog as much so was reluctant. Luckily my Dad and brother are big softies so persuaded me to come with them to just 'look' at her-yeah right! The minute we saw her huddled in the shed, clearly malnourished and absolutely petrified we all melted and knew that we had to look after her and help this sweet animal who had been so badly let down by other humans.
But, as the story goes, time did begin to heal Lucy. Over the years she has become the true Luce that we all love so much. She will always be cautious and a little scared around new people, particularly men but she has become a lot more trusting. She trusts our immediate family and the 4 of us have a wonderful relationship with her. She is affectionate, sweet, gentle, goofy and such a pleasure to be around. We have had three other dogs in the time we have had Lucy and having a second dog who wants our attention definitely causes enough jealously to push her out of her comfort zone and approach people!
As Lucy makes her way into her more senior years, she is starting to age in those typical ways; her hearing is almost gone and we think her sight is fading also, she sleeps more and she is a little slower. But she still surprises us when she stalks a bird down the garden and pounces like a puppy. She also loves doing garden yoga as you can see from the picture! Our other dog Rio is a delicious rescue dog who came into our lives nearly 18 months ago and they make such a lovely pair.
We are so lucky that Lucy has been in our lives and despite living in New Zealand, I feel very connected to her through regular picture and video updates from my Dad and attempts at Skyping her- with varied success!
So here's to Lucy, our darling. Our lives have been the better because of you and I can't wait to give your squashy head a big kiss next time I'm home.
Love, Amy x