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Old 08-05-2016, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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12 years ago we found Lucy The Bichon at an Atlanta rescue. She was @ 4 years old. Who knows. All I know is her previous owners had to rehome her but first they took her to the vet, got all her shots and then took her to the groomer before dropping her off at the rescue. How they must have loved her!

For 12 years she lived with us, moving from Atlanta to North Carolina seamlessly. As long as she had me in her sights she was a happy camper. She was my shadow 24/7. This is pretty typical for Bichons. I call them Velcro dogs. On her 10th Birthday we got her a 3 year old Maltese to play with and exercise with. She and Toby and our 14 year old cats made a happy fur family.

About 7 months ago Lucy got sick. Vet found a mass in x ray but we gave her antibiotics for 6 solid weeks and she got so much better. But vet told me the mass was large and not to expect a full recovery and she was too old to survive surgery.

Monday night it hit hard. Labored breathing, accident and vomit during the night,so we took her to vet first thing Tuesday morning. Another x ray showed bigger mass. She was definitely in pain and not herself. I finally asked the vet "Is she dying?". Yes she was-right in front of me. Tears, doubt, questions, discussion with DH and one of our 14 year old daughters who was with us. Finally we said OK. I held her and talked to her and played with her curly white fur around her ears like she loved so much. Finally she was gone.

The feeling of emptiness is overwhelming even though we have 3 other pets at home. Lucy isn't here. I actually look for her and I've called for her even forgetting she isn't here. She was that much a part of me.

Lucy was my second Bichon. Paul lived for 16.5 years. Bichons are loyal to a fault. Right there ALWAYS, Underfoot and sometimes in the way. Both Paul and Lucy would wait on the mat for me to get out of the shower. Either sleep with me or in a little bed beside the bed. A constant companion.

I miss my Precious Lucy. Run free at the Bridge and join the others waiting for us, sweet girl.

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Old 08-05-2016, 08:49 AM
 
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NK, I'm so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful tribute to an amazing little friend. Your story has me in tears.
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Old 08-05-2016, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Louisiana
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I am so sorry for your loss. Her picture is adorable.
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Old 08-05-2016, 09:14 AM
 
Location: S. FL (hell for me-wife loves it)
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I'm so sorry for the pangs pulling at your heart right now NK. What a beautiful little dog she is.
I hope you are able to remember all the good times with her, and that she's waiting for you right now.
My deepest heartfelt condolences.
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Old 08-05-2016, 12:01 PM
 
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She was beautiful. I am so sorry for your loss.
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Old 08-05-2016, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Austin
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So sorry for your loss no kudzu. Letting our pets go is so hard, but Lucy was obviously so dearly loved. Helping them leave this world is our final gift of love. Your faithful companion and family member left this world in your loving arms. What more could any of our little girls ask for?
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Old 08-05-2016, 06:27 PM
 
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I'm so so sorry to hear this. She's a lovely little girl. My thoughts are with you.
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Old 08-05-2016, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood, DE and beautiful SXM!
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Your Lucy was beautiful and she knew that she was loved, which is most important. I am so sorry for your loss, but she has good company at The Bridge. RIP beloved Lucy.
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Old 08-05-2016, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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What a sweet girl. I'm so sorry for your loss.
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Old 08-05-2016, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Santa Barbara CA
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Sorry for your loss as it is never easy to say goodbye to a beloved pet. Be happy for all the great years you were able to give her as too many dogs never get the chance to know that love. Lucy was one of the lucky dogs!
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