Lisa was a strange-looking puppy. She arrived at the Milpitas, Calif.-based Humane Society of Silicon Valley (HSSV) when she was just 10 weeks old and according to The Dodo, she had inflamed eyelids and her face was covered in scars. She received surgery to fix her eyes and Finnegan Dowling of HSSV told The Dodo that Lisa 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.”
Staff at HSSV were concerned no one would want to adopt Lisa.
Then one day Christine Doblar came in with her family. They’d recently lost one of their dogs and their other dog was depressed without her. The Doblar family came in to look at the dogs and they saw Lisa. Doblar told The Dodo that Lisa was “pretty funky looking,” but that she “just has a wonderful, sparkling personality. 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.”
Doblar told The Dodo that they left the shelter without choosing a dog, but that her girls were so concerned someone else would take Lisa that they went back that same day and adopted her. They’ve since renamed her Lucky and she’s adjusting nicely in the Doblar family.
Lucky’s story can also be a lesson, as Dowling pointed out. “It doesn’t occur to her that she is different from other puppies. She doesn’t compare herself to others. Whatever caused her injuries, she holds no malice towards anyone for it.”
If only every creature – animal or human – could be like that.