Shelter animals often struggle to find the right forever home; those who are “different” from the rest, like Lisa, an unusual-looking, scarred pup, they typically face an especially steep, uphill struggle.
When Lisa arrived at Silicon Valley Human Society in Milpitas, California, she had scars all over her face and a serious case of cherry eye, or severely inflamed eyelids that required surgery, according to a report by The Dodo.
Staff member Finnegan Dowling admitted that the 10-week-old pup could be “hard to look at.” She said the tiny canine faced painful challenges before she arrived, coming to them from another local shelter.
But, despite it all, Finnegan explained, “She was a pretty typical wiggly, squirmy, happy puppy. She loves other dogs and toys, is ridiculously kissy, and she’ll lick your nose clean off. She wasn’t hesitant or frightened or timid at all.”
While shelter staff were concerned about finding her the right home – one with people who could look past her appearance and see her shining personality and loving heart – they weren’t sure that it was going to happen.
Then, Christine Doblar and her family walked in.
The Doblar family had recently lost their beloved dog, a Chihuahua named Luna, and they were hoping to fill the hole that was left in their hearts, as well as that of their other dog, a lab named Pele, who they said was “kind of depressed” after Luna’s passing.
When they saw Lisa, Christine confessed that her first thought was that she was “pretty funky looking,” but at the same time, she also saw something special in her attitude that attracted the whole family to her.
“She just has a wonderful, sparkling personality,” Christine said. “The fact that she was going to each of us, and just as loving and exuberant with everyone she greeted; we looked at a few more dogs but nobody could compare to that.”
Though the family left without a dog to take the time to make a good decision, Christine said that her girls “were freaking out the whole time that somebody else was going to take her.”
They didn’t take long to weigh things over, returning the very same day to adopt the fortunate little pup who they aptly renamed Lucky.
But it wasn’t just the puppy who had luck on her side. Christine said they were all lucky that day.