Meet Lady Luck

A friend sent me this photo and the info below it. Needless to say it broke my heart.  I found out she was scheduled to be put to sleep but was given a three day extension. No one put in a rescue request. Her clock was ticking and so my husband and I decided to do something about this sweetheart. Her arthritic legs held her up for the entire 2 1/2  hour drive back to our place with her head out the window. After a good long sniff, a meal, doing her stuff in the right place she’s happily resting next to Max & Bella, her new siblings. She’s an absolute sweetheart with a lot of life left in her senior body. The shelter named her Lady Luck. We’ll call her Lady for short.

A4709974 Lady Luck is an affectionate twelve year old black female Labrador Retriever who was unceremoniously dumped at the Downey Shelter on May 15th because her previous owners said she was too old and they no longer wanted to take care of her. Weighing fifty-two pounds, this sweet-natured dog walks well on leash and we think she may be housebroken. She is good-natured, likes the company of other dogs and we think that based on her age and her medical condition (arthritis) she would do best with older children. She has pulled mightily on all of our heartstrings because we all want so badly for her to go to a home and live out her last years on a soft bed and in the care of a loving family. Lady Luck is an exceptional indoor pet for an individual or family with older children living in a private home.
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About The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap

The year 1895 was filled with memorable historical events: the Dreyfus Affair divided France; Booker T. Washington gave his Atlanta address; Richard Olney, United States Secretary of State, expanded the effects of the Monroe Doctrine in settling a boundary dispute between the United Kingdom and Venezuela; and Oscar Wilde was tried and convicted for "gross indecency" under Britian's recently passed law that made sex between males a criminal offense. When the news of Wilde's conviction went out over telegraphs worldwide, it threw a small Nevada town into chaos. This is the story of what happened when the lives of its citizens were impacted by the news of Oscar Wildes' imprisonment. It is chronicle of hatred and prejudice with all its unintended and devastating consequences, and how love and friendship bring strength and healing. Paulette Mahurin, the author, is a Nurse Practitioner who lives in Ojai, California with her husband Terry and their two dogs--- Max and Bella. She practices women's health in a rural clinic and writes in her spare time. All profits from her book are going to animal rescue, Santa Paula Animal Shelter, the first and only no-kill shelter in Ventura County, CA, where she lives. (see links below on Ventura County Star Article & Shelter) To find out more please go the The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap on facebook or Amazon or e-mail us at the gavatar addresses. Thank you. (photos: of Paulette, her family, and a reading at The Ojai Art Center, July 2012)
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46 Responses to Meet Lady Luck

  1. tazzielove says:

    She’s an absolute sweetheart. 🙂

  2. seeker says:

    Bless your heart, Paulette. Lady is definitely lucky and taking her in with Max and Bella for sure will be a great addition to your family. Luck with follow your way. Thank you for sharing Lady with us.

    And damn those previous owners to have an attitude of a throw away mind. I wonder how they treated their parents when they can no longer fend for themselves. They too will grow older and become sickly. There is always karma.

    • After inquiring about her, I didn’t have the heart to leave her there. The shelter staff said she was disoriented and confused which happens to older dogs when abandoned. They put her in a cage with another dog to keep her company and when we met her she was shaking like a leaf. It took all of about ten minutes for her tail to stand up and her snout to hit the air out the car window. It never ceases to amaze me how resilient dogs are. She’s an absolute sweetheart and we’re lucky to have her. ❤

  3. Rajiv says:

    She is a very cute looking lady!

  4. A.M.B. says:

    Awww, what a sweetie. Stories like hers break my heart. Thanks for the happy ending!

    • It really got to me and I couldn’t let her stay there. She’s really happy now after a long ride with her snout out the window for 2 1/2 hrs, a good meal, playing with our other dog’s toys, and getting a good bath. It feels really great to have her with us. ❤

  5. I don’t get how people can do that! It just breaks my heart. Bless you for giving her another chance. 🙂

  6. Jean-Jacques says:

    I as I’m sure most people who have a semblance of sensitivity, can’t help but feel disheartened, by the indifference toward others suffering. But when we think there is no hope left, the likes of Paulette and Terry share one of their rescue encounters, suggesting our skepticism can be relaxed somewhat, and it is still possible to hope for a kinder world. Thanks Paulette for giving us reason to do so.

    • Those of us who live and die by hope might infect others as well and so we continue to do what we do one dog, one person, one act at a time. I’ve always felt that what matters in life is the accumulated effects of acts of kindness, that ultimately that tips the scales to keep our hearts open. I always appreciate our communications and am sure Lady Luck will feel your warmth. ❤

  7. You are an absolute angel and Lady Luck is lucky indeed. How could anyone do that? It’s beyond inhuman and inhumane.

    • I know, it really got to me. I couldn’t let this one go and was shocked no one claimed her. It might have been because she hasn’t been spayed (can you believe it!) and that added an extra hunk of money to get her out. No way we’re going to put her through any surgery. She’s found her warm bed, good meal, doggie siblings, and new parents to love her and has settled in beautifully. Amazes me the resilience of dogs. Hugs to you! ❤

  8. cindy knoke says:

    Ohhhh…….so truly sad to see these older abandoned dogs. They are so anxious and confused. I have had devastated clients who had to give up pets due health problems (chemo, asthma in a child) and financial issues (losing a job etc). Sometimes people are heartbroken too. I had a lady who was undergoing chemo and to give up her two fifty year cockatoos. A big section of her house was turned into this incredible aviary. She was devastated. But to leave a sweet dog that was obviously cared for a long time at a dumpster is just heartbreaking. I am continuously blown away by your kindness. Thank you for doing this Paulette~

    • It’s so true about people “having” to release their pets and that is so sad for all concerned. Even sadder (as with this sweet girl)when the owners dump them off because they don’t want to take care of tending to all their needs when they’re older. That irresponsibility turns my sadness into annoyance (can’t help it). We aren’t a society that values aging, like other cultures in the east. When in grad school at UCLA my NP sub-speciality was gerontology and needless to say my eyes were opened. From your heart and profession, I know you understand. So do I understand the human condition, the human struggles, the paradoxes of emotions that motivate actions but, and this is a big but, I feel personally that irresponsibility that hurts another living creature needs some accountability. Thanks for letting me vent my spleen here. Big hug to you lovely Cindy. ❤

  9. What a beautiful home Lady has found. Happy Home Coming Lady!!!!!!

  10. FlaHam says:

    Paulette, Lady was indeed Lucky having you and Terry adopt her and make her part of your family. Your goodness always warms my heart. Take care, Bill

    • Couldn’t let this one go. My heart would never have recovered. I was really heartbroken when I saw the video and how sweet she was. She’s now settled in after a night of some wandering and confusion (as if looking for the home she lived in all those years and to say, “where’d they go?”). It never ceases to amaze me, the resilience of dogs. It took her all of ten minutes to stop shaking and tug on the leash to get out of the shelter. She rode the whole way to our place (2 1/2 hrs) with her nose out the window–a wonderfully sweet sight. Thank you for your good thoughts from all of us here. It means a lot, my friend. ❤

  11. LL is adorable and truly lucky to have you and the dogs. ❤

  12. How wonderful that you both found each other-I am sure she will just blossom-older dogs are such a wonderful gift. I received a shepherd who was 9 years old-she was with me for three years, but after three months, I felt like I had her all my life. Such treasures . . .

    • Thank you so much for your lovely words. It’s so true what you write about the bond we form and how our furry kids bring us so much love. She’s adjusting beyond our expectations. I took her to the vet for her post rescue check and he thinks she’s more like 15 but in good shape. One day at a time, that’s all any of us have anyway. We love her already and she’s bonding with us as well. ❤

  13. What a big heart you have Paulette 🙂 sounds like your kindness is being repaid in spades by Lady. She will be happy, warm & loved for the rest of her life xx

    • Aww, that’s so sweet and so true how they pay you back for the simplest things with so much love. She’s finally settled in and stopped the anxious pacing and has been sleeping most of the afternoon. Every once in a while she wakes up to look around and when she sees us by her she goes back to sleep. She’s been so traumatized and stressed for the last two weeks and is finally relaxing. That makes us feel good. She’s a very sweet dog, older than we were told, more like 15, but hey she can walk, wag, and eat with the best of them. Now, one day at a time. I’m sure she’s feeling your great fabulous fur vibes. ❤

  14. Oh, Paulette, how wonderful of you and your husband to save that gentle soul. You have a heart of gold and I only wish we could clone y’all. I hope the previous owners meet their real match someday and believe me I’m sure they will. I could never give up any of my senior dogs and right now I have 5 over the age of 10 years and my son’s Border collie who is, I think, 13-14 years old.

    One has to wonder what kind of people treat animals in such a callus manner. I compare it to ttaking out the trash and in the case of Lady, they took her to the kill shelter.

    Many blessing to you and your husband.

    • Lady’s situation really got to me. No one had claimed her or shown interest. I think because the price to get her out was much higher as she hadn’t been spayed. I’m just glad someone e-mailed me about her and she got through to my heart. She’s an absolute sweetheart and a pleasure to take care of, although she doesn’t really need much taking care of. For her age, which the vet estimates is around 15 she’s in pretty good shape.

      And blessings back to you for helping all the animals you are. So many over ten is a testament to the good care they’re getting. You’re a gem! So is your son! ❤

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  16. 68ghia says:

    Just dumped her? Like that? After 12 years? Some people will just never make any sense to me!!
    Glad you guys were able to help Lady Luck P – you are good people!

  17. Clowie says:

    I’m so glad this has a happy ending for her. It breaks my heart to think of her being given up at her age.

    • Thanks, Clowie. Lady’s deserving of more time on earth, she’s such a sweetheart. The shelter really took to her, extending her date to be put down and doing an all out campaign with video and outreach. I was surprised no one claimed her after she’d been there for close to a week. But we’re the lucky ones. You’d really like her. She’s so interested and gentle with other dogs, at the shelter, vet, and now here Max & Bella. ❤

  18. natuurfreak says:

    You and your husband have the heart on th right place.It is so kind of you

  19. What a wonderful inspiring story. She was made to shine in another s heart.

  20. Misaki says:

    what a wonderful and kind thing to do, you have a heart of gold xxx

  21. Hi Paulette. I don’t understand how anybody could hurt any animals. Thank you for liking ‘The Busker.’ Best Wishes. The Foureyed Poet.

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  23. I can not get Windows Explorer to open any of my yahoo WP posts so I’m having to go to my own blog and click on the blogs that are listed as those that I foillow. To top it off I can not get your latest post to open up here on your site so I am going to comment here.

    I’m so glad that Lady continues to eat even if it is human food. Such a good deed for you to have taken the sweet girl into your home. My she continue to be blessed and to be a blessing to you and your husband as well.

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