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Dogs feel very strongly that they should always go with you in the car, in case the need should arise for them to bark violently at nothing right in your ear.
How Lucy came into my life:  When my brother left for college, he took his dog, Roxy with him.  It was then I realized how much I missed having a dog in the house.  So after convincing my mom (which I am not sure how I did), my search for a dog began.  I visited the Glendale Humane society several times but left empty-handed.  Then one visit, a friend wanted to go with me to help me make a decision.  I walked in and the dogs started to bark from every direction.  I knew that I wanted a female dog and at least 2 years old because I didn’t want to deal with the puppy traits.  I walked around and looked.  Believe it or not, but I completely passed Lucy the first time around because, frankly, she wasn’t making any noise (crazy me).  However, she sat at the edge of the cage, looking at me.  My friend was walking behind me and said, “what about her?”  I looked and said, “well, she is younger than I wanted.” It was marked she was approximately 1 year old.  My friend said, “let’s take her for a walk and see.”  And that was all it took for me to fall in love with Lucy, because all she wanted to do was be loved.  She stayed close to me and you can say, she adopted me.  We walked back to the shelter and found out that since she was a stray, I would have to wait the allotted time to allow someone to come and claim her.  I think I had to wait 5 days. But every day I called to see if she was still there and sure enough, she was.  The shelter worker told me that several people were looking at her as well so if I wanted her , make sure I was there on the first day she was available.  And so, I took the day off, and waited for the shelter to open.  I filled out the application and she was mine.  That was back in July 1998. 
Ever since then, Lucy has been a part of my life in every way possible.    I tried to give her the best possible life that she deserved.  Everyone who met Lucy, loved her.  Even friends who didn’t like dogs told me she was the only dog they cared for.  She was the sweetest dog and no one can replace her.  Her paws will be forever on my heart. 
Olga, Lucy’s mom forever.