Lucy
9/6/2010 - 1/12/2021On Tuesday, January 12, our sweetest girl transitioned peacefully in my arms, knowing until her last breath that she was loved to the moon and back. Shortly before the vet arrived, she ate a little whipped cream and licked the tears off my face. The past year of difficult medical procedures and deteriorating health could not extinguish her unassailable zest for life; the weekend before her body shut down because the cancer had spread to her kidneys and lungs, Lucy ran for a literal mile through the snow next to the lake, stopping occasionally to carefully sniff at clumps of grass and rabbit pellets. Mat and I finally made her get back into the stroller, but I'm pretty sure she would have gone for another mile if we'd let her. For the five years before she got sick, I would walk her for an hour and then make the move to turn back toward the house and she would plant herself on the ground as firmly as she could, trying to continue to pull me forward. Lucy never wanted to turn back. Those five years were full of marathon walks, endless couch cuddles, the occasionally tragic (for me)/thrilling (for her) rodent death, and fun hiking trips with our best friends Stefanie and Charlotte. Despite Lulu's extreme leash reactivity, Charlotte showed us that with the right dog and extremely slow intros, Lucy could get along with--and even live with and be very timidly bossed around by--another dog. I'm so glad that she got to experience that friendship, which made her so happy. Thank you to everyone near and far who sent us harnesses, toys, pet and human food, plants, and love over the past year. Goodbye, our Lucy Goose, Lulu, Bubbies, Luciana Dogarotti, Strawberry Rhubarb Pie. You made every moment more joyous, and I'm so glad we had each other.Brooke SpragueEvanston, IllinoisJanuary 13, 2021
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Our time together was short but it was clear that you were a very special soul. You brought your family a joy that cannot be explained. You will be loved always.Miranda Shaw - March 24, 2021

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