I wrote about one dog love (my puppy / doggy Waldo) and today I will tell you the story of Lucy. If you read my previous blog, you would’ve learned about my fear of dogs and how I came to own one myself. This is the story of how a little black and white shi-poo came to be part of our family.
Waldo (a.k.a. “Fabio” the dog who believes he is the be all and end all) was our only fuzzy friend. He came to us from a pet store that Princess worked at. Hubby came home one day with a scared, little black Shi-poo. She was being picked on by the pure bred shitzus so Princess asked if he could save her. He did. Roxanne became Waldo’s little sister.
Roxanne and Waldo were meant to be together. Waldo was only one month older than his new sister. When they napped, Roxanne would put her head on top of Waldo’s neck. They ran around excitedly. Roxanne running out front and Waldo running after her. We had a great little dog team, but it was short lived. One day we had the backyard gate open and the chase continued from the backyard, spilling over into the front yard. Speedy Roxanne ran happily out into the street and was hit by a passing pickup truck. She died instantly. Wiseguy and I were traumatized . Waldo was devastated. Waldo would sit by the window every day to try and find his playmate. I thought we should find him someone new to play with.
Imagine my surprise when Wiseguy told me that he was coming home with a new puppy. She was seven weeks old. When I came home I couldn’t believe how tiny she was! (Wiseguy named her Lucy because of the line from the “I Love Lucy” show where Desi would come home and holler “Luuuucy I’m home!”) My wee little hairball had a head of black hair with white hairs just above the eyes; they looked like an old man’s grey eyebrows. Her black head sat on a completely white body. So tiny and spunky and yippy and beyond adorable. She was a shi-poo with spunk! She was scampering around everywhere! We found Waldo a new playmate! Except for one thing: Waldo hated her.
Waldo kept walking away from her. He would climb on a step or jump on the couch so she couldn’t reach him. Too much pawing and nipping and especially the scampering! Poor Waldo. We wanted to find him a mate and we found him an annoyance. I guess that one year difference was just too much. Oh well, Lucy was with us to stay.
Our new addition became ill after 3 months. Lucy had strangles. What? Worse case scenario the illness could have strangled her to death. For three months she had to take meds to kill her autoimmune system. No regular dog walks because she could get an even deadlier infection. Sadly her world exposure was quite hampered. As such she barks at the following: all people walking or running, people on bicycles or skateboards, buses driving by, birds, leaves, air. You get the idea. For three months of her life all she had was Waldo as her dog example. She even pees like Waldo; one hind leg up. She never got to sniff or see or play with any other dogs. She survived and became a unique (?) dog.
For some reason my little 10 lb. pup likes to play fetch. A shi-poo that plays fetch? Weird. She likes to lick her paws like a cat. When Waldo is looking out the window and barks at something outside, she will stand up on her hind legs and bark as well. Why is she barking? Because Waldo is. If I leave them at doggie daycare, Waldo will hang out near her to protect her because she doesn’t really know how to be with dogs (we think she believes she is a cat). After his big brother duty is done, he will saunter off. Lucy will whine and be miserable if her big brother isn’t around. Sounds like a regular human relationship between brother and sister right?
Although her name is Lucy, she will come when I call any name that starts off with the “loo” sound. Lucy, Lulu, Lequitia (that was a favourite for a few months), Lucifer (haha), and most recently my niece’s little one who will be two in a couple of months called her “Loooweee”. Lucy came.
So now you know the story of my two favourite cuddle-puppies. Waldo, our pretty boy who is very vocal when he wants something. Lucy, the quiet cat-like dog who loves to cuddle and lick. Lick everything and anything. If she needs to go out she will sit and stare at you. That’s your first clue. If you don’t get it from that silent clue, she will jump onto your lap and start licking your face off. No barking. It’s her trademark “I need to poo” move. Throw a ball and she will fetch to the point of retching. Crazy dog.
If I had to do a dating profile for Lucy it would read as follows: LOVE baths (I jump into the tub myself). I HATE, HATE, HATE having my hair brushed. Love walks so I can bark at everything and everyone. Love to lick my paws. Love to lick your face. Love to be cuddled and coddled. I will head butt you if you hold onto the ball and won’t throw it for me to fetch. I am 7 years old and I run around like a puppy. You may find me weird at first, but I have my own special qualities. Love Lucy (aka Lequitia / Lucifer / Lulu / Loooweee)
P.S. I love Waldo