The Joy of Fostering: Long Shot Lucy

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness. – Desmond Tutu The day that we met Long Shot Lucy, we actually came to the shelter to pull a different dog. My husband and I by that point had successfully fostered and adopted out about six dogs, and we were ready for a challenge. Lucy was not on our radar because she was considered a lost cause. The shelter did not think she would survive the stray hold at the shelter, and our vet would later agree that she was likely a matter of hours to days away from her organs shutting down from starvation. The is the scene we saw as we walked by her run:   It was hard to resist her sweet little face, and looking at her broke your heart. She was the most emaciated dog I had ever seen in the shelter. We decided to take her outside, and her condition was even more apparent in the sunlight: We debated for quite some time, but ultimately decided that we couldn’t leave her there, and she came home with us, with the hope of her being able to live a normal life. It was February, and we put a jacket on her to keep her warm. We researched online for best practices for dogs in her condition, and found that large endless meals can actually cause her harm, and so we began feeding her very small meals several times a day until we could get her to our vet on Monday. She was so excited for food that she...