Lady Luck joined our family on May 20, 2014 at the ripe age of what we were told was 15. She was emaciated, depressed, and disoriented, since it had only been three days since she was dumped at a kill shelter. The drive back to our place took 2 1/2 hours and in that time I hugged her until she decided she wanted to stand, stick her head out the window and catch every smell out there. When we got home we gave her a bath, to wash away what should have remained on a lawn somewhere. The first photo below is this beautiful girl after her bath, making herself right at home.  She fit right in with Max & Bella and has been a part of our family for the past nine and a half months. She died peacefully this morning of a stroke as we held her in our arms.


After her first bath, she made herself right at home in our house and hearts.


A beautiful and very sweet girl.

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)

166 Responses to RIP LADY LUCK

  1. It’s so nice that she was able to experience love and a safe home in the last months of her life.


  2. Belén Soto says:

    Paulette regret this sad news, I think Lady Luck was lucky to find you, it’s a shame that this happened at the end of his life, but I’m sure will thank you forever.
    I am truly sorry my friend,a hug.

  3. davidprosser says:

    What a shame she was taken so soon. It’s good though that she was taken in the midst of a family that loved her rather than in the shelter she’d been consigned too. You made the last 9 months of her life the best she’d had.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

  4. rumpydog says:

    I am so sorry I’ve taken so long to get by to offer my condolences. Lady Luck found her peace with you, and I know she told you every day just how grateful she was. I know my heart still aches for DeDe, and it’s been over a year. But that is a small price to pay for all she gave to me when she was alive. I’m betting you feel the same.

  5. I’m sorry for your loss. Such a beauty

  6. Vlad Zaycev says:

    Hey! I like to read your blog. You have very interesting blog. I’m glad to meet you in my blog! Keep writing! 🙂

  7. natuurfreak says:

    It’s sad news but think at the love you give her.She had a nice home with you.

  8. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words says:

    My condolences, its hard to lose a creature with such a gentle spirit…
    I have lost many in my years of bringing them home
    Lady Luck was no doubt very grateful you found her
    Take Care…You Matter…

  9. I’m sorry for your loss but happy that she found a loving family to spend her last days with.

  10. mrsugarbears says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of her passing, but so grateful that she was loved in her last year by your family. 🙂 I’m happily on my second rescue dog. My first lived 9 years with me and my present has been with me almost five years. This one was a little less than a year old when I picked him up-all 85 pounds of him. 🙂

    • Thank you so much for your kind words. More importantly thank you for rescuing dogs. It’s been a passion of mine, and my hubby’s, being involved in dog rescue for the last 28 years. Lady Luck was one of the sweetest and although she was only with us a short while, she made a huge dent in our hearts. We miss her. ❤

  11. Thank you for giving Lady Luck a great place to live out her life.

  12. Bringing you Pawkisses for an eggstra Happy Easter and hope your Easter Bunny Day is filled with fun in every way 🙂 ❤

  13. DezizWorld says:

    We be so sowry fur yous loss. Sendin’ lots of hugs.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Lexi

  14. dilipnaidu says:

    Oh I am so sorry to know of Lady Luck’s passing away. Our prayers for her soul to RIP.

  15. Oh my goodness, how did I miss this post? You are an angel and it’s obvious you rescued an angel. RIP Lady Luck for sure. 🙂

  16. Heartwarming story. Blessings.

  17. Mazigrace says:

    Thank you for being there for her and giving her the best ending her little life could ever have. She is joined over Rainbow Bridge with all our other precious four-legged kids.

  18. Nadyess says:

    I’m sorry for the loss of Lady Luck! May all the beautiful memories put a smile in your heart and ease the pain. Sending you lots of blessings!

  19. Aw, love is always a blessing. Where it’s found and however long it lasts. What giants hearts you have.

  20. Mustang.Koji says:

    You all have the kindest hearts, now laden with sadness… But her heart was filled with love.

  21. dray0308 says:

    So sorry for your loss.

  22. Very sorry for your loss. You did an amazing thing. Not many people would adopt or foster an older animal. Today is day 2 with my 18 year old foster, princess Leia. Sweet girl. She’s getting cozy. Still a bit shy. But considering she lost her parent in March and has been shuttled around so her human cousin could avoid a shelter. Her cats didnt take to her. She s doing really good. We,re going to keep her till the end. My first time fostering. I just lost my cats over 9 months. have a soft spot for old animals. I was always proud I had really old cats.

    • Oh I’m so happy you stopped by and we got a chance to meet. A big fat cyber hug to you for fostering princess Leia. And thank you so much for your kind words about losing Lady Luck, the sweetest girl we’ve had. I know what you mean about being proud that your fur babies live to be ripe old ages. We’ve had rotties live to over 15 and love to brag about it. Lastly, I’m so sorry for your recent loss. It’s never easy.

      I’m glad we’ve met and are now new cyber buds.

  23. I’m so sorry Paulette, I must have missed this post about Lady Luck, I’m sorry for your loss, but you gave her a lovely home for the time she was with you so she knew love and kindness. RIP sweet girl .

    • It’s so good to see you and thank you so much for your kind words. Lady Luck really got into our hearts with her grace and dignity. She was the sweetest and one of the easiest dogs we’ve ever had. We were lucky we had that time with her.

      Hope all is well your end. Please hug all the fur babies. Love, Paulette

  24. henrywest says:

    What a sweet dog. I am a big fan and have had dogs around all my life. They keep me young and happy. Even though one is really sick and I’m fearing the worse. But we go one and invite more into our lives.

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