In spite of those big ears, Corgi/Chow mix Lucky can't hear quite as well as he used to. But they are soft.
In spite of the depth of his brown eyes, cataracts cloud his vision. But they still sparkle.
Despite living in a shelter for the last two years after his person went to a retirement home, Lucky's heart still hopes.
Hoping for the simple comfort of his own home, his own human, his day to day ease and delight in a place familiar and unchanging. Surrounded by the smells, sights, sounds he will come to trust and know by heart.
A good dog's life.
Have you ever felt the gladness of giving a senior or "less adoptable" dog the life he needs and so richly deserves? Maybe brave Lucky is waiting for you, hoping you'll give him the chance to show you what that undiscovered blessing is like. How he's got it all over the other dogs who haven't developed the courage and resolve that come with holding on to hope and dignity. How he's quietly charmed the socks off the shelter staff and the people who have come to know him since he arrived, earning himself a place as beloved mascot.
Lucky weighs sixty soft and fluffy pounds, and he carries them well. Once he's out and about, he'll shed a few. This sweetie walks well on a leash and is very food motivated. He attended a Blessing of the Animals last week and had a super time. It was probably Lucky's very first "out of the shelter" day trip. He moseyed all around the grounds and was so handsome. No doubt he attracted a few admiring glances!
Is your home calm, without children or other pets, just right for a sweet nine year-old with excellent manners? Are you already imagining this beautiful boy dozing on your living room rug, feeling tenderly protective of him, watching his chest rise and fall in sleepy contentment? Could you be the fortunate one, the lucky person who gets Lucky?
If so, visit his page at the Humane Society of Nelson Country (VA) Almost Home Pet Adoption site. He's got photos there, and more story. Contact the caring people who run the shelter and let them know you saw him here.
I believe terrific things lie ahead for him and many of the other dogs holding on to hope during National Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month. I'm already looking forward to hearing about Lucky's happy ever after .... aren't you?
If you'd like to learn more about rescue and adoption work with hearing and vision impaired dogs, contact Trish and Jay at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember: you make a difference. There is no such thing as too small a contribution or word of encouragement or act of volunteerism to help those who do this work and the animals they save. Even if you can't take Lucky, what else can you do to change the world for dogs who need us? More than you can imagine.
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Update: Lucky was adopted on February 22nd, 2013 by someone who knew and loved him well. He is in his forever home now, in a place beyond tears and pain. Read about his final journey here. God bless you, lovely Lucky.