Here’s another wonderful update on one of our adoptions. Kate W. was a long-time and dedicated volunteer when we were at the ranch in Montana, and it was there she met and adopted a blind Lab named Luke. Kate has periodically sent us reports on Luke, and with Kate’s permission, I wanted to share some excerpts from this incredibly sweet and heartwarming one with you. She took that photo above of Luke the day before his 12th birthday.
Time for our yearly Lucas McCoy update! Luke has had another great year with only a few old man health issues but he is aging wonderfully and I couldn’t be more grateful for his health! He has some arthritis and has slowed way down but is still going on his daily walks through the park, although the distance we travel seems much shorter today than a few years ago. He continues to enjoy meeting other dogs and people (especially people with snacks) and we are often stopped by folks in the park who are curious or just want to cheer Luke on. He remains a great example of how a blind dog can live an amazing, full life.
The night before his 12th “Birthday” and our 8 year adoption anniversary I couldn’t help but think about all of our memories over the past 8 years, it was almost as if Luke’s life had flashed before my eyes. I cried a little as I looked into his face and stroked his fur. Always wishing we had more time, more time together here. I know his journey here on earth is winding down, slowing down, at just the right pace, just as it should be and I am so thankful to have spent this time with him.
He has taught me so much: patience, responsibility, how to appreciate the quiet moments, the challenging moments and that my heart is so much bigger than I ever thought it could be. He has taught me more than I could possibly know now but will probably realize and reflect on years from now. I thank you both for the animals you save, care for and comfort and the message you send to people around the country, advocating for animals with disabilities. And I thank you from the bottom of my heart for connecting me with this beautiful soul we call Luke.
Kate, thank you so much!
Shelter Challenge Underway
The latest round of the Shelter Challenge has begun, and because the first contest this year was a “beta” under their new system, those results aren’t really “official” … meaning we are still eligible for first prize in the current state contest. And cash prizes are back, so if we win first in New Hampshire, we could win $1,000. At the moment we are well ahead in New Hampshire, so your votes are adding up! Please remember, you can vote every day. This contest runs until August 9th. Thank you!