Saturday Stories – Lucy the Lurcher – Part 2
The weeks passed. Lolly was still missing her favourite dog, Lucy, but there were plenty of other dogs for her to walk at the Plymouth Cats and Dogs home. She visited most weekends, with Shirley the old woman from around the corner, and they ended up caring for a right motley crew of dogs from mixed backgrounds. But still, in the back of her mind, the thought of Lucy lingered.
One day, a miracle happened, and Lucy was returned back to the home. Apparently her new owners hadn’t taken to her, Lucy hadn’t fitted into their lives at all. The poor dog had been rejected yet again. But one little girl was very happy.
She rushed home to tell her mum, she was so excited, she couldn’t believe it. Her very own special girl dog was back, and this time she wasn’t going to let her go. Mum wasn’t exactly over the moon. After all, she didn’t really want a dog. Her own dog, RB, had been gone some 8 years now and she didn’t want to face the pain of loving and losing a dog ever again. It had been too sad. But Lolly persuaded her, she was a very persuasive child, and within just a few days, Lucy came to live with them.
It wasn’t easy, Lucy didn’t fit in at all well, she didn’t seem to want to be there. She was a bag of bones and shook when anyone even looked at her, let alone spoke to her. She didn’t seem to have much bladder control either, and there were puddles constantly being left all over the house. Luckily it was the summer holidays and Lolly was home from school and could clean up after her. Lucy seemed to be constantly hungry, and wolfed down her food as soon as the dish touched the floor.
One evening mum took out a loaf of bread from the freezer for sandwiches for the next day as they were going to visit the beach. She left it on the kitchen worktop, and didn’t think anymore about it. The next morning it was gone, all that was left was a little bit of the plastic bag to show that there had even been a loaf of bread there at all! Surely that dog hadn’t eaten a frozen loaf of bread?
But that was just one of the problems with Lucy. No wonder she had been returned so many times. She was a nightmare! The final straw came after they returned from a trip into town one day to buy a new school uniform for Lolly. She was changing schools and would be going to the big school in September. They couldn’t take Lucy with them, as obviously she wasn’t allowed in the shops.
They walked through the house towards the kitchen with their shopping bags. Mum stopped abruptly when she noticed the back door. The cat flap had been ripped out, and half of the back door was missing. And Lucy was nowhere to be found. “Oh no! What have you done now Lucy?”
Watch out for the next instalment of Lucy’s story.
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About the Author: Carole Langman works behind the scenes at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs as the Business Manager. Her office is always a hive of activity, and with the vast amounts of work Carole has, we never really know how she gets through it all! To unwind, she loves gardening, hikes around Bowerland, travelling and writing.