Lucy was a shelter dog who had a rough start in life and has a few scars to show for it. Â She was abandoned by her former owner and found by the Hillsborough County Animal Services. Â She was later picked up by the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Â She is a dachshund mix.Â (Not sure what sheâ€™s mixed with.Â Any guesses?)
We had been looking online and at local classified ads for a dachshund.Â We found out about a Humane Society event and decided to check it out.Â When we got there, they only had a few dogs and none of them were dachshunds.Â Â My husband was ready to get back into the car, but I insisted we at least take a look at one dog.Â He said, â€œBut itâ€™s not a dachshund.â€ Â I told him it doesnâ€™t hurt to look and convinced him to just spend some time with her.Â After only a few minutes, he said, â€œI want her,â€ and a few minutes later Lucy was coming home with us.
We made our first mistake with her the second we got her home.Â We should have taken her on a walk before bringing her into our home.Â This mistake quickly resulted in an accident on our carpet at which point both my husband and I looked at each other with concern in our eyes. Â We were both thinking, â€œWhat did we get ourselves into?â€Â Â (Note: always bring a new dog or puppy on a walk before bringing them into your house.Â It will help calm them down and be less stressful for your new pet). Â Â This was one of the only accidents with Lucy, because she was very easy to train.Â Lucy’s sweet temperament and loving natureÂ has been a great addition to our family.Â We couldnâ€™t have asked of a more perfect dog for us.Â Â We got exactly the dog we needed, and we would have never found her if we were not willing to just take a look and give her a chance.
If you’re looking for a new pet, please check out your local humane society, shelters, and rescue organizations. Â Â You might just find your perfect pet and feel great about saving a life.