Monday, November 10, 2008


This is Lucy!If you have spent any time with me in the last year or so, you've probably heard me talk a lot about Lucy. Lucy was a birthday gift to me from Bryan, and she turned out to be the best birthday gift ever.

We met Lucy last summer at our friends' house where we sometimes play volleyball on Tuesday nights. One of the girls who plays volleyball with us had rescued Lucy from a woman at a Walmart somewhere in the Ozarks. The woman was trying to give the puppies away. She said they are the offspring of a beagle/rat terrier mom and a black lab dad. Even though our friend already had dogs of her own, she couldn't stand the sight of this little pup in such bad condition (she was covered in fleas and ticks), so she took her home with the hope she'd have a better chance of finding the puppy a beter owner.

Lucy was soooo cute, that it didn't take long for her to get adopted. Fortunately for me, Lucy's new family brought her to volleyball one night. I was out of town for work, but Bryan had gone to play volleyball and saw Lucy there. Later that night, he called me to say that he had seen a really cute puppy, and its too bad she was already adopted. I had been trying to convince Bryan for about a year that we should get a dog. He was dead set against it. But this Lucy must have tugged on his heart strings just a little.

A week or so later, I went with Bryan to play volleyball, and Lucy was there again with her family. She really was a cute and lively pup, and I really wanted her. Bryan said out loud, "It's too bad she's already adopted." To which, Lucy's new owner said, "Actually, we're looking to give her away again." Apparently, one of Lucy's new family members was allergic to her.

Well, you know the end of that story! Lucy was then given to me as a birthday present just a few days later.

We think Lucy is about a year-and-a-half old. She's one of the happiest dogs I've ever seen. Some people think she has a permanent smile on her face. Not only did Lucy turn out to be beautiful dog, she's really smart. I'm amazed at her vocabulary and her ability to learn new tricks. Our favorite trick is "stick 'em up!" We aim our fingers at her like guns, say "stick 'em up," and she sits on her hind legs and puts her front paws up in the air.

I don't know how I'll ever be able to have another dog. As for Bryan, who never wanted a dog, he too is smitten!

See more pictures of Lucy.


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