Happy Gotcha Day!

If you are in the rescue business, or if you have adopted a dog, you may have heard about celebrating the “Gotcha Day”. Usually if the dog has come from a shelter, or was a stray, the exact date of birth is unknown, so the day that the dog was adopted is celebrated instead….the “Gotcha Day”….like “I gotcha on this day!”

On this day, two years ago, after just moving to Tallahassee the day before, I traveled to a shelter in Georgia, in the pouring rain,¬†and adopted this girl…

Lucy, on the way home from the shelter
Lucy, on the way home from the shelter
instant best buddies!
instant best buddies!













She was about 8 weeks old, and had been at the shelter with her litter mates. They said she was a boxer/American bulldog mix. My previous dog had been a bulldog mix, and they were my favorite, so that is exactly what I was looking for…funny that now, I don’t think she has ANY bully breed in her! (I think she is a Pug & Boxer mix…a Poxer…or a Bug, if you will!)

Lucy was a good dog from day one! She took to her crate right away, and loved to play and snuggle. She was quite the biter, and even drew blood on Jayden’s unmentionables one time! (Ouch!) She was also a nervous pee-er, and would tinkle any time someone paid her any attention. Lucy quickly learned the rules of the house though, and I really never had any major problems with her.



I quickly found that she would always be by my side! I could let her off her leash, and she would never stray far. I could open the door of the apartment, and she would go downstairs to go to the bathroom and then come right back up. Considering my last dog would bolt the second the door was opened, this was a huge thing to me! We also attended obedience training, and she passed…even though she was still jumping like a kangaroo at the sight of people!

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Over the last two years, I’ve found that she loves car rides, the beach, and chasing lizards. She has NEVER met a stranger, two-legged or four-legged. She has been a perfect angel with every single foster that has come and gone through our home, making them feel comfortable and loved and welcomed.

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Lucy is the BEST dog I have ever known. She is sweet and loving, goofy and quirky! She never barks, unless it’s at a weird shadow. She will never react to an aggressive dog, because she JUST wants to be BFF’s! She has silky soft fur, and the prettiest little face. She is confident, and submissive, and well behaved. Sure, she jumps like crazy, and that can be annoying, but if that is her ONLY “bad” trait…I’ll take it!

So, to my Princess Lucy, my Ducy girl, my Lucy Duce….Happy Gotcha Day!!! I am so happy you became a part of our little family, and we will cherish you for the rest of your days! Here’s to MANY more years with you! We love you!!!

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“For me a house or an apartment becomes a home when you add one set of four legs, a happy tail, and that indescribable measure of love that we call a dog.” –Roger Caras