was my third rescue and my biggest challenge at the time. She
was also born on the wrong side of the tracks as she was born in
an Amish puppy mill.
came to me weighing 32 pounds and looked like death. She was
very sick with tapeworms, anemia, her pancreas had failed, she had sores all over her body, she was almost bald
and she had all but lost her appetite to eat. I truly don’t
believe she would have survived another week.
receiving the vet care she so desperately needed, Lucy has come
runs and plays like all the others and sits like a chipmunk when
I have something she wants. Just having three legs has not
slowed her down one bit! She is my miracle child! She has the
twinkle back in her eyes that was amiss when we first brought
Now after a few
months she is up to 51 pounds, gets a B12 shot once a week, has
to have a pancreatic supplement added to her food twice a day as
her pancreas will never work on it's own again and she also gets
Tylosin twice a day.
She loves to "hunt" and believe me she is a go getter
and full of life. Her will to live is something to be admired
and when I thought there wasn’t any fight left in her, she
would prove me wrong.
is yet another reason I do what I do.
is one of my “heart” Clumbers. She got deep down in my heart
the first time I ever laid eyes on her. Lucy is a fighter and if
there were ever a Clumber that deserved a happy ending she is
came to me a little more than a skeleton and had the look of
death. I knew she was sick but did not care and was willing to
take her even if it meant putting her to sleep. If there was
nothing I could do to “save” her at least I could give her a
compassionate good bye. There were days that I thought I would
have to make that decision.
was a year ago and Lucy is not only healthy but she is full of
life. She is making up for lost time and enjoying every minute
of it. Lucy is another McLendon Land clumber that has proven
that you can never go wrong by following your heart and taking a
My three legged gal is a breath of fresh air and she gives us
all a run for our money. She can keep up with any of the four
legged Clumbers and has the stamina and strength of a bull.
Given the chance, she would “hunt” from daylight to dark,
stopping only long enough to get something to eat and drink.
day begins with carrying Lucy downstairs then she along with six
other Clumbers goes out for their morning walks. Lucy is always
the last one back in as she does not want to miss out on any new
smells. Eventually she makes her way back to the door to let me
know she is ready for breakfast. Lucy has to have medication
added to everything she eats as her pancreas no longer works but
as long as she gets it, she does fine and will live the life
that came close to being taken away from her.
shows me daily that nothing is impossible. She gets up each day
raring to go and never gets discouraged over the challenges she
may face and is never without a smile. She does not let anything
stop her or get in her way and that alone gives me great
I updated Lucy’s story in September, I was so sure that we had
many, many more happy years left together. She had defied the
odds and was doing so well. She was happy, healthy and full of
life and I was so proud of how far she’d come.
did I know that in just a few months, I’d be sharing that on
Friday, Dec 26th, we at McLendon Land lost our
beloved Lucy Goosie Locket. She didn’t feel well on Christmas
but didn’t really have any symptoms. I kept a close eye on her
all day and thought that she probably just over worked her
muscles and was sore. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case.
lived to “hunt” and she loved the woods, it is almost ironic
that they took her from me. Lucy did what Clumbers do, she ate
something she shouldn’t have and that is what took her away.
She ate a stick and it punctured her intestine and she died from
peritonitis. Lucy beat all the odds and she gave me one of the
best years and half of my life but I wasn’t ready to say
good-bye and the hurt lingers.
spite of her handicap, Lucy was unstoppable. My Lucy Goosie
Locket was not a quitter, she never gave up, and she gave life
her all. This gal taught me more about faith, rescue, will and
determination than any clumber I’ve rescued. I loved her with
every ounce of my being and I lied awake, many nights praying
that she would make it and she did.
always knew she was an angel, she was the Queen of McLendon Land
and while she was with me, Clumbers in Need flourished. If I had
not been successful with saving Lucy, I know I would not have
had the courage to continue, but I did save her and she was
happy, she lived and she thrived. Lucy was the backbone of
Clumbers in Need.
miss my sweet, beautiful gal but I know she knew that she was
loved and admired for every day she was treated with love,
respect, and the caring that she was denied earlier in her life.
Each day was started with carrying her down the stairs and each
night was ended with carrying her back up.
in Need entered 2009 with a heavy heart but as Lucy proved,
quitting is never an option so we will move forward and when
another wounded bird needs us, we will open our arms to them,
for that is what Lucy would want us to do.
loving memory of Rachel Lucky (Lucy) Three
5, 2004 – December 26, 2008