Meet Lucy!

Long before we ever got married, Tyler and I knew that we wanted a dog.  For years, we’ve talked about what kind of dog we would get (Yorkie, Beagle, Jack Russell Terrier and Blue Heelers were the main candidates), all the reasons that having a dog would be so awesome, but we had to wait until we were married and had a house with a yard in order to get one – and even after we got all that, we needed a landlord that would let us own a dog.  Right before my spring break, we got permission from our landlord to have a dog at our property, and it was all I could do to contain myself.  We had said to ourselves over and over again, “Let’s wait until summer when I’m not teaching so the dog can get accustomed to us before I go back to school in the fall” but the promise of a week of spring break was too tantalizing.

We’d gone to the Hermiston Pet Rescue a few times before, and had a couple dogs that had caught our eye, but nobody we just had to have.  Honestly, the most important trait I was looking for in a dog was sociability – a dog that was great with kids, great with other dogs, didn’t freak out about cats and was just overall a nice dog to be around.  When we talked to the owner of the pet rescue about what we were looking for in a dog, he recommended that we take a look at a Springer Spaniel/Border Collie mix.  She was six years old, spayed, and sounded like she met all of our criteria.  So we took her for a walk.  She honestly wasn’t that exciting.  She pulled hard on the leash, didn’t respond to her name, and didn’t really seem to care that there were people on the other end of her leash. But when we sat down on the grass, she just plopped down on our lap.  The more time we spent with her, the more she warmed up to us (the picture above is from that first walk we took with her).  She did admirably with every person and animal she interacted with, and I couldn’t believe that I had walked right past her at least three times without giving her a second thought.  I was ready to sign papers and take her home that day, but Tyler (being the sensible one in this marriage) said we should take the weekend to think about it and maybe get some supplies to make her feel welcome.  I reluctantly agreed, but we were back as soon as they opened up again to take her home for good.

Lucy isn’t who I always pictured we would have, but I have no doubt in my mind that she is the perfect dog for us.  She is the perfect running buddy, has been training beautifully, and is the cuddliest dog I have ever met.  I feel so incredibly fulfilled and rewarded now that we finally, finally have a dog to call our own.  Lucy is wonderful for my health and our marriage.  Now that school has started back up again, Lucy and I are in a great routine of waking up at 4:45am, going for a walk, eating breakfast, and getting me to work before Tyler even opens his eyes.  Poor Tyler was always being heckled by me for not hanging out with me enough, not waking up early enough, for being on the computer too much, pretty much anything that took his time away from spending time with me.  But now that I have Lucy, he and I are both much more calm and relaxed.

I found out last week that Lucy actually used to belong to one of my students.  They said that she was kind of old and hard of hearing (she’s not) and so they decided to get rid of her and their other dog so they could get a different one.  I was floored.  Lucy is one of the sweetest dogs I’ve ever met, and she was abandoned at a shelter for almost three months.  I love her so much, and wouldn’t give her up for anything, but I am appalled that someone could leave her to fend for herself just so they could upgrade to a newer model.  But the fact is, Hermiston Pet Rescue has at least 30 dogs that are looking for homes.  If you or someone you know is looking to get a dog in the Eastern Washington/Oregon area, please go look at a shelter first.  I know it sounds preachy, but seriously – it’s the most rewarding decision we’ve made since the wedding.  It’s only been two weeks, but I honestly can’t imagine our life without her.

Leave A Comment