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My dog Lucky

on March 18, 2013

WARNING – LONG post all about my best friend and my dog.  If you are not a dog lover – skip this one!

My dog is truly my best friend.  Lucky has been here for me through some tough times and always knows just how to cheer me up. 

Many people, after hearing Lucky’s name think Lucky is a “he”.  Not so – this Lucky dog is a “she”.  Lucky is commonly a male dog name, but it’s the only name my little dog knows, so Lucky she is!

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I found and rescued Lucky at the animal shelter in February 2008.  She was 7 years old at the time, already house broken, and knew how to sit and shake.  Poor Lucky went through a tough time before I picked her up at the shelter. 

It appears her original owners did care about her, as they left a hand written note about Lucky – the type of food she liked, that she never had an accident in the house, that she loved people and was a very good dog over all.  They made note that if no one took Lucky, they wanted to take her back before being put to sleep.  Lucky kept running away and the owner was unable to take care of her anymore. 

Now – this is where it gets rough for Lucky dog.  After her original owner dropped her off at the shelter, someone else picked her up and took her home.  That person had another dog.  Lucky does not play well with other dogs – this is because she is a Shiba Inu mix and that breed of dog has a very strong predator / prey instinct.  While Lucky is very timid and sweet with people, she thinks she is a ferocious Rottweiler when she meets another dog, regardless the size of the other dog. 

The person that took Lucky home had to take her back to the shelter because she didn’t get along with her other dog.  That’s when I came along and figured that since she was everything that would work for me at the time (housebroken, older and calmer, etc), I would give her a chance and take her on home with me.

Once I got Lucky home, I noticed she was very skittish.  Every time I went to pet her, she seemed to think I was going to hit her and she would run into a corner and hide, shaking.  I truly do not believe this was from any treatment from her original owners, but I think the first owner who took her from the shelter must have hollered and hit her to try and get her to stop acting mean to the other dog.  Poor Lucky was scared to death and traumatized. 

She made no noises or sounds for the first several months I had her.  Then, one day, when the doorbell rang, she barked a couple of times and growled.  To this day, the only time she barks is if the doorbell rings or she hears a car door close outside in front of the house. 

She occasionally makes a strange squeaky toy sound when she gets excited – that was a good long laugh when she first made that noise.  It honestly sounds like a squeaky toy.  Again, another trait of the Shiba Inu.

Also, another trait of the Shiba Inu is a horrifying sound which is a called the “Shiba Scream”.  You Tube it – you will see what I mean.  I have only heard this sound from Lucky two times since I’ve had her.  Both were times when her leg was hurt.  It sounded like a child screaming and was quite terrifying for me. 

Now, earlier I mentioned that her original owner said that she kept running away.  I have heard people say that dogs only do that when they are not happy.  I strongly disagree.  Lucky has gotten away from me twice – you give her a chance – a second of opportunity and she BOLTS.  You can call her, whistle, try to get her to come back for a treat and she will have none of that.  Once again, another trait of the Shiba Inu.  Run, run, run and total ignoring of what anyone is saying to them!  I quickly learned that Lucky is a leash dog and always will be.  Even letting her out in a fenced in back yard is risky – she is somewhat of an escape artist and if there is a way out, she will find it!

Other than those slightly annoying traits, Lucky is really a great dog.  I have taught her how to beg and play dead.  Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?  She truly is such a sweet dog and loves to be petted all the time.  When you aren’t petting her, she lies down and goes to sleep (snoring very loudly). 

She’s been sleeping a lot lately and has slowed down quite a bit as she’s gotten older.  She isn’t able to go on long walks anymore and recently has been having trouble getting up.  For this reason, I was not able to take my Lucky dog with me this weekend when I went to visit my parents at their beach house for my Dad’s birthday.  Their house is on pilings and has very tall steps to get inside.  I do not think Lucky can handle the steps anymore and she doesn’t like for anyone to pick her up and carry her (she weighs about 36 lbs). 

I boarded Lucky at the vet Saturday morning and I go to pick her up tomorrow on my lunch break. I’m looking forward to it, because I’ve been very lonely without her. 

Because Lucky is such a big and important part of my life, I wanted to share her with you by introducing you.  Here are a few of my favorite pictures of Lucky below.  

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This is from Christmas.  Lucky was not too enthused about the reindeer antlers and did not want to lift her head off the floor.  She slowly raised her head after some coaxing for a quick picture, then was very glad to take the antlers off!

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Lucky caught in the middle of a yawn out on the patio last summer.

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Sweet dog.

 

Thanks for reading – sorry I ranted on and on about Lucky.  I hope you enjoyed the pictures and that they brought a small smile to your face. 

Julia

 

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4 responses to “My dog Lucky

  1. Caitlin says:

    She is SO PRECIOUS!!! Also I did a post about my cat. We appear to be similar 😛

  2. Dessa says:

    Awe, Lucky is a pretty girl! Thanks for sharing her with us. Tammy over at A Peanut on the Table recommended your blog and I am so happy she did. I very much look forward to hearing more about your journey. There’s a little dreamer in all of us. Blessings to you!

    • Thanks so much Dessa! The Peanut is one of my favorite blogs – love Tammy! I just visited your blog and love the fact that all 3 of your furry ones are rescues as well – they’re the best! 🙂

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