1/1/2010 - 6/29/2020It was mid November 2011, when a little black unwanted dog was scooped up by a now defunct farm animal rescuer in Brandon, FL, placed in a cage in the back of an old beat up pick up truck and headed south to her new shelter on a farm with a log cabin house, set down a dirt road in the middle of nowhere.

Her young life story up to that point was horrible. She had never been in doors. She now roamed with cattle and horses on a farm, not the environment of a small indoor breed of a Cockapoo. Never been potty trained. Never had enough food. Never had fresh clean water. Never even groomed . No one ever checked on her to see if she was doing ok, she fended for herself on a farm where who knows what she endured to survive, but her owners knew she would bring a small fee to them for rescuing her from a breeder that send her to a Macon County Georgia kill shelter when they closed up shop when her first owner suddenly became ill and could no longer run her puppy mill business.

It was January 1st, 2012. One lick on my cheek and I was hooked. Her birth name we were told was Sassy and that she truly was! A shy little two year old girl afraid of her own shadow, who had been through so much neglect of living a caged life in backyard breeder and sent to a kill shelter, and finally in one lick, found her forever home. She chose me or I chose her, I will never know, but her sky blue rope leash made her peril seem so urgent that we quickly signed her Rescue Adoption Contract, paid her fee and swiftly headed back the two hour trek we blindly followed through an online rescue lead. A year later we discovered through a nightly news story had its own horrible animal hoarder situation. Luna could not speak this unbelievable truth, only lick my cheek to say, "please take me away from this terrible place".

We all arrived home very late her first night, she was scared, but such a joy to have her, it was like bringing a new born home for the first time. A brand new bed, new toy, fresh water, special treat. She was loved! We decided her first name should Luna, since she lighted our night like the moon light and made Sassy her middle name.

This little girl melted our hearts with her warm friendly personality. She willingly learned to potty train but on her on time frame. She refused to eat food out of her bowl because I think she had been so used to eating off the dirt ground, the clanging of her collar on the bowls edge freighted her, so the tile floor would be her plate. Every morning she would howl and sing so happily, as she was seeing us fill up filled up water bowl with freshwater is if we were serving her some fancy French meal. She was so delighted in such a pure simple thing as simply water.

She had her favorite spot on our couch. Her spot was smartly chosen by her, on the far right side, she could see out the front door, watch the laundry room door for whom ever entered the garage, she could watch TV, view the kitchen and backyard, she was literally sitting in the center of her universe! The Queen of her castle, she definably reigned in our house. From that point on, no one was going to sit there, but her and we were ok with that.
Is someone was sitting on her couch spot and she wanted them to move, go ring the bell, they’ll get up to let you go potty and while they get up to see what you want, she would go run and jump on sit on her couch spot on the couch. She was unbelievably hilarious. We laughed so hard we cried. Company could not believe it until they saw it for their selves. What if she wanted to know what room you were in and she lost track of you, she’d ring the bell to flush you out of where every you were hiding.

She was a bell ringer. It’s quite a funny story but we trained her to ring a bell, they are actually wind chimes that made a pleasant Zen sound that could be heard across the house to let us know she needed to “go potty”. Only later to find out that she realized, very quickly, that ring a bell got her attention for other things the bedroom door was closed and she wanted to go in there and sit on the bed go ring the bell and run and stand at the door! want fresh water? Go ring the bell and stand at your bowl! Want a late night snack, go ring the bell stand at the food cabinet door.

She could smell a Costco chicken from 20 miles away. She would keep track of that chicken in the fridge in the microwave. She’d give you that look “Wait where did it go”, “mommy did you want me to eat some too?” Our vet said "nope" to table scraps, but we still slipped her a few.

I will end this memorial here, because I could write a book on the life and times with our sweet girl. She was more like a daughter than a dog to me. Rest in peace my sweet angel.
Diana LewellenTarpon Springs, FloridaJuly 7, 2020
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Luna will always be remembered whenever the moon is out or when wind chimes are heard. And I am sure that chimes were rung for her when the Pearly Gates opened to let her in.Cathy Berquist - July 8, 2020
What a sweet story. You should write it as a children's story. You gave Luna Sassy the best life a dog could ask for and she let you know it every time you would answer those rings. She will be missed, but never forgotten.Maribel Pardo - July 8, 2020
Diana and George and family,
I am so sorry for your loss!! You gave Luna a beautiful life and her memory will be with you always. Treasure those !!
Sending hugs and love,
Claire Chadwick - July 8, 2020
Dana Legge - July 8, 2020
You have created a wonderful memorial for beautiful Luna. Anyone reading this can know Luna and appreciate the love you shared with her. My hope for you is remembering Luna will bring you more smiles than tears.
I also appreciate learning about Lap of Love. My chihuahua Annie happens to turn 17 years old today. She’s now blind and mostly deaf, but still enjoys Costco chicken too!
Hugs to you.
Pat Cunningham - July 7, 2020
Luna was so lucky to have you as her family. She finally knew love and security. She will always be close by watching over you.Amanda Thomas - July 7, 2020
Rhonda Williams - July 7, 2020
Luna was a daughter and not a dog. She brought so much love to your home. What a sweet little princess. I can picture her now playing with Star up in heaven and with daddy. What a beautiful memorial, Diana. You were a perfect mother to her. Love to all.Tara Jordan - July 7, 2020

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