Leeann is no stranger to APA!, as she has adopted from us three times. After her beloved senior, Lucy, passed late last year, she planned on waiting until after Christmas to adopt again; but the house was too quiet for her and her other dog, E-D (Edie). It felt empty, and Leeann was looking for a special soul to fill the void – which is exactly what Miss Ivy did.
Leann had E-D for almost 10 years when she added Lucy to the mix. Lucy was a senior at APA! who had medical issues. Leann’s vet told her that she didn’t know how long Lucy would have, but Leeann knew she wanted to give her a home.
“Lucy was so much fun,” recalls Leann. “She was loud, bossy, and took up a lot of space, but she was always by my side when I was home. It was like she knew that time with her was precious, and I needed to pet her as much as possible – and add treats to that. Even that last day, Lucy tried to get off the examining table to come to me.”
Lucy passed after spending two years with Leeann. With her gone, the house seemed ... different, more quiet, more solemn. E-D has always liked company, taking a special interest in her grandson, as you can see in the photo. So for E-D, the stillness of the home after Lucy’s passing was particularly difficult to adjust to.
“E-D just kept looking at me in the evening, and the house felt quiet. I didn't realize that Lucy had been such a noisy dog! When the plea went out for the foster, I thought that this would be a good way to get back into it.” That foster plea was for Miss Ivy.
Miss Ivy comes from a difficult past. Her previous owner had abandoned her in their apartment, and she was left alone for three days until the landlord found her. Leeann chose to become her foster to give her a peaceful place to regroup; but when the email came a few days later to update her adoption bio, she knew then that she wanted to keep her.
“[Ivy] was so happy to be at home and not in a shelter. She and E-D kept running in and out of the house. Ivy was in wonderland. I'm sure the food never tasted so good, the bed never felt so wonderful. She could go in and out as she wanted, and there were toys,” shares Leeann. “E-D was thrilled when I brought Miss Ivy home. There was a lot of jumping and dancing. E-D showed her the ropes of the pet door and where the water dish is located. She is now becoming E-D’s ‘service’ dog. She makes sure that E-D has a treat and waits for her to start eating before digging in herself.”
On one of those first days with Ivy in the home, Leeann was given a sign indicating that Lucy was still with them: “Miss Ivy came in and she took her treat to Lucy's special place to eat it. I could almost hear Lucy telling me that this was her replacement.”
“Ivy seems to fill some of the emptiness left by Lucy – not replacing her, but making me laugh because it brings back a special memory. She has some ‘Lucy’ characteristics. Lucy was a larger-than-life character. I adopted her when she was 12. Lucy had a philosophy that she wasn't going to be around for many years so you needed to pet her as much as possible. Ivy is also a hand nudger, and while you're at it, you can scratch her tummy, too. It's like Ivy needs someone to make up for years of not having affection.”
“Ivy has made it easier to grieve Lucy in a positive manner. I have always loved the poster about honoring a dog that has passed by giving a home to a shelter dog. Ivy is so delighted with the attention, and I sometimes wonder if Lucy is giving her pointers on the way to my heart.”
It fills our hearts knowing that Miss Ivy is providing love and comfort as Leeann’s heart heals the loss of her beloved companion. If you’d like to help more dogs like Miss Ivy find their special person to share their love, and feel it in return, please give today.