We weren’t sure if having a dog in our small apartment was going to work, but we figured having the beach and the park as our backyard would be perfect!
For a couple months my husband and I would exchange photos and profiles of dogs up for adoption while at work. One day we both shared and sent the same dog Biscuits (her name at the time) and thought let’s just meet her, but not totally commit to anything just yet.
Lo and behold she was still there ready for a new home. As soon we met, we knew right away she was the one. She had these adorable eyes that were very expressive. On our way home driving through Golden Gate Park, she began to take in all the smells and lit up. It made us very happy to see her become curious. When we introduced her to her new home she was fearful, skittish, and shy. It didn’t take her long to adjust though. She’s so playful, loving and gentle with other dogs and kids.
We renamed her Lucy which means “Bringer of the Light”. She truly is our light and love. There are times we’ve taken Lucy to visit our friends in the hospital. We watch Lucy comfort them and other patients. Her presence and energy is such great medicine. She’s also an athlete—rough and tumble all muscle. She’s our Frisbee dog, who is so entertaining. Seeing her jump incredibly high makes us so proud. She’ll be taking her first plane ride with us to Oregon to celebrate her 3rd birthday! We can’t say enough of our Lucy. She brings so much joy and happiness to everyone around her.
Dogs have special powers to make us better people. Just by walking down the street, they turn strangers into friends. A quick cuddle from a canine companion can help you feel less alone. They can teach you everything you need to know about how to enjoy life. When they say they will love you forever, they mean it. How does your dog bring out the best in you?
The SF SPCA has been saving and caring for San Francisco’s animals since 1868. We’ve come a long way since then—founding the No-Kill movement, building the first cage-less adoption center and advocating on behalf of all animals—to become a global leader in animal welfare and helping to establish San Francisco as one of the most progressively humane cities in the world.
We couldn’t have done it without the help of all the people who have adopted an animal, volunteered their time or provided financial support. Together, we’ve been able to bring pets and people together, celebrating the merriment, magic and meaning that animals bring to all of our lives. Thank you for your generosity—the animals we save, the lives we change, and the communities we touch are all made possible because of you!
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