Hi! I'm Lucy!
My hobbies are watching cartoons and playing gardening. I also plan to write the great Canadian novel one day.
Arrived at FARRM: 2013
Crossed the Rainbow Bridge: February 2018
Age: Approximaly 5 years old
Five years ago a very sick little girl was rescued. She was named Lucy and would prove to be a fighter... From the moment she arrived Lucy exuded strength and showed us that will would overpower odds.
Lucy's parents were brother and sister and were a shocking two months old when they bred for the first time. Lucy had a host of health issues because of her parents inbreeding. She suffered from underdeveloped lungs, poor immune system, cataracts and a very stunted growth. When she came in she weighed 7 pounds and at her heaviest weighed only 20 pounds. For years she defied the odds and flourished in our care. She enjoyed long naps with the dogs indoors during the winter, human cuddles while creating art, warm summer mornings rooting to her hearts content, and a plethora of snacks. By the time she was 9 years old she was mostly blind but that didn't stop her from seeking out the best treats.
Recently, her health took a dramatic turn for the worse and we put aside our feelings and we made the difficult decision to end Lucy's pain.
Two weeks ago she sustained a rectal prolapse and from there her health declined. A prolapse is treatable and can be repaired but in Lucy's case there was an underlying condition that caused the prolapse. Lucy has always had an enlarged colon that has caused her stool to be abnormally large, however she has been able to pass them until recently. After her prolapse, the repairs were made so that she would not prolapse again, but this also meant that Lucy could no longer pass waste on her own. Even with laxatives and natural stool softeners like pumpkin, everything just piled up in Lucy's colon. The once passable stool turned into massive, dried out, solid waste that had to be removed by her humans. This was extremely uncomfortable (and painful) for Lucy. Her backed up intestinal track and inability to pass stool regularly started to cause regurgitation and Lucy then began to vomit after feeding. Our girl had conquered everything else but this was just too much for her little body and that was apparent everyday. She had lost the will to get up and would spend days wetting herself in bed with no desire to be her regular self. After weeks of working with our vet to exhaust our options we knew we had to let her go.
Lucy, it was an honor knowing you and a privilege to love you. Run free little girl, we'll miss you.