Lucy (Special Senior)

Lucy (Special Senior)

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Meet Lucy
Status: Fostered
Estimated Age: 14 Years
Estimated Weight: 29 Pounds

Note: Needs another dog in the home.

UPDATE – 27 APRIL 2021 (from foster mom): Lucy is a gregarious personality with a smile for every dog and human. She was an immediate hit with our family of four beagles (three boys and a girl). All at various ages and abilities. Lucy took time to greet each one and decide that she loved each of them. She has shown no aggressive tendencies at all.

Feeding – I fed her with two of the dogs (one female and one male) and she shows no issues with them pushing noses in her bowl or touching her when she eats. She does check out their bowls but is easily redirected to not take food. I’m just now starting on chew toys and bones, so will have to report back later.

Touching – She was accommodating with a bath (just stood sadly in place) and while unhappy with her teeth being brushed, she tolerated it. She is very affectionate – has no issue with me petting, stroking her, massaging legs, etc. She doesn’t like her nose area touched and doesn’t like when you reach down to pet her. When I crouch or come from the side with my hand she is fine. I have made a routine of massaging her face area each night when she is lounging (it seems to be helping her adjust). She has very soft, fluffy fur around her neck and loves to be petted there.

Sleeping – she is having a little issue with lights out – seems to be a bit scared of the dark. Any movement or noise in the house takes her to howl immediately. The first night was multi-howl event. But, the 2nd night only one howling moment. I moved her dog bed to an area where she is sheltered from windows but can see when any of the dogs or people move. This seems to make her more comfortable.

Walking/running/playing – she doesn’t mind the harness and leash at all. She just wants to be out playing with you in the grass. She loves rolling in the grass and having her belly rubbed. She will alert (howl and pull) when she smells just about anything. And, she can pull – she is like a little bulldog when she gets on a sent. I am working on redirecting her with praise and petting to continue the walk.

Peeing/pooping – she is not house trained – so be prepared to do a little training. I have identified her pattern of peeing when she wakes up and then pooping directly after she eats. So, I take her out first thing before feeding and then immediately after feeding take her out again. She marked a couple of spots in the house where a past dog had peed.

Doggy door/stairs – she has not mastered the doggy door but is picking up on it quickly – she goes out but gets confused coming back in. It is clear that she doesn’t know stairs – but she has caught on quickly and is trying them out. She goes down our basement steps easily but is a little short to come up and needs some help. She uses steps to get on the sunroom benches and has not issue with carpet doggy steps.

Overall, I would say Lucy is a very family friendly dog. Although 14 years, she is very active. Her ideal future family would have at least one other dog. I can see that she would be unhappy alone. I don’t know how she does with cats as we don’t have any.

UPDATE – 24 APRIL 2021: Lucy went off to a foster home today! She has some medical issues that we are exploring further, but we are looking forward to learning more about this friendly senior and how she does living in a home. Stay tuned!

NEW – 31 MARCH 2021: Lucy came to BREW with three other beagles when their owner could no longer care for them. Lucy, along with the others, were fed and kenneled at night and allowed to run free on a 500 acre farm during the day. They would run all day and return at night to eat and sleep in the kennels. They will all need to be trained to be house dogs.

Lucy is said to be 14, although she acts more like 11 or 12. She is the mom to Teeney. She is a little independent but friendly and gets along well with other dogs. She is vetted, but she has a heart murmur and bad teeth. She is available for fostering or adoption.

 

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Q:  I indicated that I was interested in a specific dog on my application, but I see that s/he has been adopted.  What happened?

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  • Name:   Lucy
  • Breed:   Beagle
  • Gender:   Female
  • Age:   Senior (10+)
  • Size:   Medium
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