I’m really really sad. My dear friend Lucy has crossed over to the Bridge after becoming unwell only a few days ago. Lucy was a very special girl and overcame so much adversity in her life. I would like to share a little of Lucy’s story with you and some of my memories;-
I first met Lucy at Crufts 2 years ago and we had a bit of a woof and this is what she told me:- ‘I used to be a puppy farm breeding dog. I lived the most dreadful life. I was not loved, no one wanted to cuddle me, I had no one to play with, no warm cosy basket at night, and no walks or treats. I was just a commodity to produce puppies for an unscrupulous breeder!’
Luckily for Lucy a lovely lady called Lisa Garner adopted her. She had seen Lucy on a rescue centre’s website and heard that she was always cold. Lisa runs a doggy boutique and sent Lucy some clothes and enquired about the adoption process. When Lisa came to meet Lucy she was really upset to find she was skin and bone, weighing only 3.5kg. She had bald patches on her fur and her feet were stained from being kept on a urine covered floor. She had fused hips and a severely arched back, the result of being kept in appalling conditions. Lisa just knew she had to be part of her family and decided to adopt her, be her new mum and offer her a loving home.
After that Lucy’s life totally changed. She had a mum who loved her and found that everyone she met fell in love with her as well. She had a lovely bed to sleep in, doggy pals to play with, endless cuddles and what she needed most of all, Love!
Lucy became rather famous! With a fb page of over 66,000 fans – Wow! – and she went on to win Britain’s Most Heroic Dog Award, Ruff, the RSPCA award, and the Rescue Dog award at the Animal Hero Awards 2016.
But Lucy was not all about accolades. She became an ambassador for campaigns against puppy farming. Because she felt NO dog should ever have to suffer like she did! Lucy and her mum worked tirelessly to spread the message about Puppy Farming and help to raise funds for C.A.R.I.A.D and Pup Aid, and to encourage humans to adopt a rescue dog. Lucy and her family also produced an annual calendar with the proceeds going to PupAid and Many Tears Animal Rescue amongst other charities.
Lucy also attended many events across the county where she met new people to whom she spread the word about the evil puppy farm trade.
To keep her strength up whilst campaigning Lucy would take occasional power-naps and a slice of dog friendly cake was always welcome.
We are all absolutely devastated by the passing of Lucy and I don’t really think it has sunk in yet. She was so very special and will be missed by so many from all corners of the globe. Lucy leaves behind an amazing legacy, a real hero!
Thinking of Lucy’s mum, sisters and family who are all totally heartbroken. Run free at The Bridge dearest Lucy, we won’t forget you.
Love Frodo xxx