Lucky Steele:
Notes on a Foster Dog

Lucky has had a colorful life, but her penchant for the free-footed lifestyle has cost her a home at least three times.
Last updated: June 16, 2018

Base Info:

Lucky
Lucky
  • Arrival date: May 31
  • Breed: Husky/Aussie mix
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: Approx. 1½ years
  • Weight: 36 pounds
  • Spay/Neutered: No
  • General Health: Excellent except for ear mites.  Treatment is under way.
  • Temperament: Sweet, affectionate, gentle.  Gets anxious when left alone in a house.
  • Housebroken: Yes.
  • Good with People: Yes
  • Good with Dogs: Yes

History

Lucky was originally adopted from the Newport Humane Society Animal Shelter, just before they closed last year.  But that family had trouble with her because Lucky likes to roam.

One day a woman, I’ll call her … Barbara: just so we have a name to work with here, arrived at Momma’s Kitchen for a meal.  This is a restaurant built next to a gas station along a busy rural county highway.  Barbara noticed Lucky wandering along side the road and was afraid she’d get hit by the flow of traffic.

Barbara inquired of the restaurant staff and they knew who Lucky belonged to.  Barbara called the owner and was told, “That dog is always running off.  I don’t want her.”  So Barbara took Lucky home.

Barbara found Lucky a home with a man she knew.  We’ll call him Lennie.  Lennie spent around $300 on vaccinations, worming, tests, and a thorough exam, which turned up the fact that Lucky was pregnant.

Lennie  brought Lucky back a week later.  While Lucky is a sweet, lovable, and well behaved dog while someone is home with her she gets anxious when left alone and peed all over his home and chewed up some things.  He wasn’t willing to crate her and work with her to resolve that issue and wanted her gone.

Barbara helped Lucky have 5 healthy puppies.  Once they were weaned and placed in good homes, Barbara held onto Lucky as well as she could, but not having a fenced yard, Lucky was again roaming the area — which included a well trafficked road.

Lucky started visiting Barbara’s neighbors, Mike and Jeanne who are part of Steele Away Home – Canine Foster and Rescue, and they offered to help.  Lucky had not been spayed yet and the last thing anyone wanted (aside from being hit by a car) was for her to get pregnant again.

Mike knows I have a fenced yard.  He called to ask if there is any way we could squeeze one more in at our place.  They sent pictures and a video.  Look at that face, who could say, “No”?

Lucky will be spayed on the 14th of this month and (hopefully) will transport on the 22nd.  We just need to give her a safe place to live and lots of love until then.  She’s a good girl: friendly and affectionate.  She should be no trouble at all.

Gallery

In roughly chronological order, newest at the bottom.  Click the thumbnails to enlarge.
Some pictures are linked to Doggy Tales about Lucky, click those to open the related story.

Lucky’s kennel is sanitized, stocked and ready for her.

Lucky waiting for me to open the door. “Let’s go in now.”

Lucky and Blondie sizing up each other.  They were fine.

Lucky
Lucky meets Josie: that went well.

Lucky’s Favorite Thing Ever (vid)

Lucky and Josephine play (vid)
You Forgot To Feed ME!

Lucky becomes a house dog. (vid)
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