Lulu came into our lives as a Golden Oldies Foster Dog.
An adorable, delightful, highly energetic little 5 month old fuzzy faced Parsons Terrier (like a Jackie but taller and more elegant) with a broken leg.
Lulu is like a plush toy come to life!
I hardly recognise the happy little bundle of mischief we call Lulu today, from the abandoned and sad, scared little puppy I picked up in May 2018.
Gina received a call from a Ranger in country NSW. She had just received word of a 5 month old puppy who was about to be euthanaised!
Lulu was about to put down by her family, on the advice of their vet. Lulu had broken her leg (details very sketchy) and the Vet had told the family it would cost upwards of $5,000 to look after Lulu and that she wasn’t worth it.
The family decided, on the advice of this Vet, that it was best to destroy Lulu!!
The local Ranger got a call from the family’s very upset little girl, who was Lulu’s owner. The Ranger’s daughter was a friend of Lulu’s little girl owner, together they begged for help for little Lulu.
The Ranger knew of Gina (we’d all be surprised if we knew exactly how far Gina’s reach is) and her Golden Oldies rescue, although in no way a “Golden Oldie” Lulu was still a dog in urgent need of help.
Help was on its way within minutes in the form of Gina. The Ranger and Gina organised for Lulu to be taken immediately to another vet, where her leg was set in plaster, this new vet didn’t see how or why a little puppy should be destroyed. A broken leg is mostly easily fixed, with a bit of love and patience. With help from a few friends, short term care was arranged until Gina could organise pick up.
I heard about this little dog’s plight from Gina. Gina had christened her ‘Hope” as Golden Oldies was her last Hope. Wanting to help, my son and I offered to collect Lulu. My family and I were to look after her for a few days until more permanent care could be arranged.
Safe in the knowledge that Lulu had been saved from the jaws of death, a few days later, we made the 8 hour return trip to rescue her.
She had spent two nights with two different familys in the area, her little leg in a plaster cast. She looked bedraggled, very anxious and disoriented, it was clear she was missing her little girl owner.
On the journey home, my son sat in the back of the car, cuddling and comforting her, with her little head resting on his knee all the way. She was well behaved and calm. We fell in love with this sweet darling little girl on that car trip back, so sad in the knowledge that she could be so easily discarded.
When we got home it didn’t take long for the rest of the family, my husband, my own little girl and our two fluffy Pomeranians, to also fall in love with the adorable bundle of energy, who thumped around the house on her broken leg, playing with the Pom’s, stopping for kisses and hugs and a chew on anything in sight, including my slippers, when I was wearing them!
In time, and with a lot of love and care, Lulu’s leg has healed. The amazing Chris Watson from Southern Highlands Vet Centre looked after Lulu’s broken leg. It proved very hard to keep an energetic terrier still, which was what was needed to heal that leg properly. In an effort to give Lulu the best chance in life, she stayed in the clinic for two very long weeks. She could easily have ended up with a permanent limp or a shortened leg without Chris’s expert care and advice.
Lulu – we found out from the Ranger that Lucy/Lulu was her original name and thought we would honour her previous little girl owner by restoring it – is now just over 12 months old. You wouldn’t even know her leg had ever been broken. It’s perfect, just like her really.
We decided to keep Lulu, we might be “Foster Failures” but we are now happy “Holy Terrier” owners. Lulu is very much a part of our family. Her leg has healed perfectly. It certainly didn’t cost anywhere near the $5,000 the original owners were quoted.
A little bit of patience and a lot of love and care from a few humans is all it took.
She’s a delightful, adorable addition to our family.
Thank you Gina!