She came from a terrible, terrible cruelty case and lived in the barn with us for a few weeks. You didn't hear much about her because we had to put her to sleep. Beautiful, hopeful, Lucy. The neglect that she suffered affected her behavior in a way that we were unable to fix, and rather than see her live out her life in a lonely, dusty sanctuary pen, we set her free.
I won't pick at the scab of what was "wrong" with her here. Not necessary. What was right with her was that several people loved her and still hold her in their hearts. In my mind, she boomeranged right back to the planet and jumped straight into the body of a newly conceived pup so we humans could have another shot at getting it right. Are we getting it right yet? Yeah - we have some work to do.
Looking at this photo of Lucy aches. Most every shelter worker and rescuer we work with has a long list of the same ache. They come along with the 'job' of helping damaged animals - an occupational hazard of the heart. How much they (we) talk about it publicly depends on how willing they (we) are to face the understandable hurt and anger from their volunteers and public. We were lucky - in Lucy's case, the entire crew of dog handlers understood and silently nodded in agreement when we announced that it was time for her to go.
That will be the way it is at the barn. We'll take in some of the most neglected dogs in the country, and most of the time, they'll walk away with new lives. But sometimes, they're only here to find some love and friendship before they leave the planet.
Rest in peace, beautiful Lucy. Your home will always be here in the heart of the barn.