First Elmo, now Lucy wobbles into my world
It’s funny how the world moves at times. It seems I’m caught in a warm tide of pugginess that began a few weeks ago with Elmo. There are worse things for sure to be caught in but their problems are upsetting. Today I’ll tell you about little rescued pug Lucy who is currently in the care of my favourite rescue, DBARC.
Lucy, aged around 7, recently arrived with DBARC with a history of being bred from, more than likely extensively which has taken its toll on her. She also has something potentially serious going on neurologically. Lucy has a disturbing wobble, the cause of which DBARC are committed to investigating before they make decisions which secure the best future for her. For a small, independent rescue this is a big financial demand as neurological problems inevitably involve MRI scans and other specialist (expensive) tests. But, this is what DBARC do, they always put the needs of the animals first and worry about raising the funds later.
Lucy has captured the hearts of many, including pug fans local to DBARC who are keen to help Lucy. It’s always heartening when I see good people wanting to help dogs they don’t know personally. It’s what makes me believe there are a lot more kind, than unkind people in the world despite how it seems some days as I research and write on animal cruelty.
To help her stay with DBARC be as comfy and comforting as possible, Ryan Simpson who runs Berkshire Pugs and Crosses spent time with her last weekend. Ryan originally contacted DBARC offering help with rehoming Lucy as he’s well connected with people locally who understand pugs and their needs. When it was explained her situation was more complicated, he sprang into action, leaving work early on Thursday to pay his first visit to meet Lucy.
When I first met Lucy it was clear she was a very unhappy pug. Her eyes told a million stories! She wasn’t at all sure of humans and she’s obviously been mistreated. She looked like a broken little lady who had been through too much. I’d hate to think how many puppies she has had. She instantly melted my heart.
Ryan’s compassion and love for Lucy is a spontaneous reaction which reflects Lucy’s damaged but still loving heart and soul. Over the weekend, after building trust with Lucy – I think his pockets full of cooked chicken helped there – she enjoyed a couple of trips out Ryan and friends. Ryan again,
On Saturday DBARC agreed I could take her out to visit my partner at work. Here Lucy had a 4 star hotel treatment, relaxing in the lounge, taking it all in her wobbly stride. We met professional photographer Connor Sean Potkins who took some amazing photos of her. She soaked up the attention, it was great to see.
I agree, Lucy certainly looks in her element.
Sunday continued well for Lucy (and Ryan!) as he took her out to meet other pug friends which I’ve really enjoyed hearing about and seeing pictures of. As one of the keys to helping my own ex-breeding dogs enjoy their lives has been to be out walking and socialising with other schnauzers, I totally get how much fun Lucy must have had on Sunday with her kin. It’s central to Schnauzerfest: dogs being out enjoying themselves with each other and it’s what I advocate daily on my social media showing how my dogs are enjoying their lives now they’re free of the breeding industry.
Ryan certainly ensured Lucy’s day was good:
Although she was a bit wobbly at times, she loved running on the grassy fields and just being a dog, exploring the great outdoors. She fitted right in with the other dogs and when we went back to my place she loved meeting my two, Frankie (female) and now in her 4th home and Pinball (male) who are both rescues.
Lucy was in excellent hands. Ryan and his friends recognise the essential value for dogs of being out exploring the world and new places. For Lucy to be a part of this whilst awaiting her veterinary work, is very special. Collaborations like this are worth celebrating.
Through Ryan’s Berkshire Pugs and Crosses Group events and walks are organised all year round to enjoy and socialise – that’s both humans and dogs! They help charities and hold an annual fundraising picnic, this year it supported the French & Pug Dog Foundation and PDWRA.
After meeting Lucy and realising that DBARC needed some financial help, Ryan secured a welcome donation and social media support from Pugfest, which through regular national events fundraises for good causes. All of this has helped Lucy’s Appeal fund, which at the time of writing, is just over a third of the way towards what’s needed for her neurological investigations.
I’ll leave Ryan to say how special this little dog is, and if you can help with a donation, the link is at the end. Please give what you can, even the smallest amounts all add up and get DBARC to where they need to be for Lucy.
Lucy is the most adorable little lady who now deserves a much better life. Hopefully together we can get her back strongly onto all four paws and allow her to be a dog. I’m hoping the vets have good news for her and I pray she doesn’t need to go through much trauma to make her better. She’s had more than her share of tough times.
To make a donation to help Lucy, please click HERE