This is Lucy, a six-year-old shepherd mix, who by the looks of her, had a “ruff” life. Just a few months ago, she wasn’t much more than skin and bones. Her hair was matted, and she was a hungry, homeless mutt found wandering on a Dallas street. “There was a freeze that next day and in the condition she was in, skin and bones, completely malnourished, She could have died during that freeze. Easily,” says Leslie Sans, President of Dallas Pets Alive. It wasn’t easy to figure out where she came from or who owned her. How’d it come to this?
“It was almost as though she had never felt any sort of human interaction before,” says Sans.
Time was ticking for Lucy because the next stop was the Dallas Animal Shelter. She was just another forgotten dog, that was days from being put down.
But Dallas Pets Alive did what they’ve been doing for so many discarded dogs; they took Lucy from doggie death row and found a foster family to nurse her back.
“We took her to the vet and the vet was really surprised that she was even able to walk on her own,” says Sans.
Well, look who’s walking now!
“She has learned to be a dog again. She didn’t know what treats were, she didn’t know what toys were. Now she can play fetch. She is great at the fetch part, not necessarily the bringing back part,” says Sans.
It’s amazing to think Lucy was homeless not too long ago. By the way, we told you her name is Lucy, but the people at Dallas Pets Alive changed it to, “Longshot Lucy.”