Saturday Stories – Lucy the Lurcher Pt 1


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Lucy had had a terrible life. She was passed around from pillar to post, never quite knowing her place and never quite fitting in. She ended up in Plymouth Cats & Dogs home in between numerous foster homes, because for some reason the new owners always brought her back. Poor Lucy.

At a young age she had started off as a racing dog. She had her racing number tattooed in her ear. On the circuit she was really fast, and loved chasing the hare. They called her Lucky Lucy! But she wasn’t as lucky anymore, not these days. These days she looked a sorry sight. Her skin had erupted in numerous sores, and was flaking off in places.  She was thin to the point of emaciation.  Her head was down, and her tail kept firmly between her legs.

But her luck was about to change. One day a young girl started to visit the home on a regular basis, to take out the dogs and give them a good walk. She did this after school most evenings and also over the weekends. She took a liking to Lucy and had a really soft spot for her. After all, she knew, in her heart of hearts, that one day Lucy would be hers, one day Lucy would come home with her.

One bright sunny Saturday morning she arrived at the home ready to take out her special dogs, the ones on her list, out for a good long walk.  As she searched her list she noticed that Lucy’s name wasn’t on it. That is odd, she thought. After enquiring in the office she was told that someone had adopted Lucy and had taken her home with them.  The poor girl had mixed feelings.  On the one hand she was glad that Lucy had found somewhere to live, but on the other hand, she had really believed that one day Lucy would be hers and she would be bringing her home to her house.

Feeling somewhat upset, and missing her special dog, she arrived home and cried to her mum. Her mum held her close and told her not to worry, it would all work out well in the end.  And that Lucy was in a much better place, living with a family.

But that is not where Lucy’s story ends.

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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.

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