Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Today is a very sad day for my (Ann's) family. My parents had to make the difficult choice of putting our family pet, Lucky down today. His health had taken a turn for the worse a few weeks ago and his pain and suffering that he was enduring this past week was too much for my parents to bear. Today as I am missing and remembering Lucky, I am finding how much of an impact a small, furry creature can have on your life and heart. I felt it was only necessary to write a bit about my favorite memories with my first and favorite puppy and to remember how much of a blessing it was to have Lucky be a part of our life for the past 12 years.

My family got Lucky as a "bribe" to move from Appleton to Stevens Point WI when I was in 6th grade. My sister and I were not too thrilled to leave our friends and lives in Appleton but we had always wanted a dog and my parents must have decided that it was either get a dog or the girls would put up a huge fuss!

That first summer with Lucky was filled with frustrating but funny memories of trying to potty train this stubborn puppy and cleaning up countless accidents all throughout the house. I remember we would try to leave Lucky home gated in the kitchen but he soon learned how to crawl over the baby gates. So my dad attempted to set up a huge blockade with kitchen chairs and stools. Every time we came home Lucky somehow managed to jump or climb through these blockades and greet us with a mischievous grin at the door! That dog was something else!

Lucky's first two years of life were filled with some naughty behavior! My mom often said he was "Lucky to be alive" for all the trouble he had gotten himself in to! Lucky killed more backyard wildlife than my family cared for. We always had to send my dad out with the shovel after Lucky would kill bunnies, squirrels or birds that couldn't escape him as my mom, sister and I would be screaming at the back door! But, Lucky was also a very sweet dog. He snuggled with us on the couch every night and would never leave our sides when we were sick. He was always eager to learn new tricks and we had so much fun training him! He was always good with children and other pets and we had kids from all over the neighborhood coming over to pet Lucky or asking if they could take him for a walk!

To me, Lucky was always my snuggly furry friend that I could come home to at the end of the day and he would always be so happy and excited to see me! We were pals all throughout junior high and high school. I remember taking him trick or treating with me, I bought him Christmas and birthday presents (even though my family thought I was a little nuts!) and I would bring him on errands so that I could roll the window down and he could stick his face out and sniff the air as we cruised around town. I have an entire photo album dedicated just to him at home! I have always loved Lucky and taking him along on all my adventures! 

As I went off to school, Lucky became my mom's sidekick. He hasn't left her side since I moved away from home. Lucky was a very loyal companion and often had separation anxiety when my mom would leave for long periods of time. The poor dog wouldn't eat or drink until she came back home!

Lucky became a part of our family that first summer and I know we have all loved him in our own way. He has been there through the best and worst times with my family and he is in all of my memories I have of living in Stevens Point. I know that the hard times I had growing up as a teen Lucky made a lot easier! Lucky has been my dad's walking buddy for 12 years and he has always snuggled next to my mom when she spends time reading every day. It will be hard to not have Lucky waiting at the door for me when I come home to visit my family and I know my parents will have to live with a new empty void in the house. Nothing can really compare to the companionship of sweet, furry friend who has been by your side through the ups and downs of life. 

Lucky, you will be sorely missed! Thank you for greeting us at the door, licking our hands when we were sad and for being there through it all. Thank you for all the memories you have given me and my family! Our Lucky, Lucky Looger, Luckster, Lucky puppy- We love you!

Easter with Lucky

Lucky in his winter walking gear

Thanksgiving with the whole family!

This past Christmas with Lucky in Fargo

Lucky not looking too thrilled to go for a walk in Fargo!

We miss you already!

1 comment:

  1. Dear Ann, I'm so sorry to learn that you had to put Lucky to sleep. Our pets are very important to us - like a family member. I know God loves them, too, or He wouldn't have bothered to save them before the great flood. After all, He could have created new animals after the waters went down.

    Please accept my sympathy. I loved seeing the photos of you with Lucky. I think he was lucky to have you in his life!