Lucy Lu was used for breeding in a puppy mill, then passed off to a puppy broker when the mill was done with her to be sold on Craigslist. That is where Morgan, a vet tech, found her. Morgan could not bear to see her with the broker who also had ten other dogs in need of care. She purchased Lucy Lu to free her but, after vet consultation, sadly realized she would not be able to provide for all the surgeries Lucy Lu needed. Morgan contacted adoptaBull English Bulldog Rescue in Illinois and they brought Lucy Lu into their newly established rescue.
From poor treatment and conditions at the puppy mill, Lucy Lu needed many necessary surgeries including spay, cherry eye removal, and correcting two severe luxating patella issues, which were among the worst that the vet in charge had ever seen. The first round of surgeries where completed on July 1st, 2013. Lucy-Lu needed six weeks between the two leg surgeries to recuperate. Her second patella surgery was on August 8th, 2013. The second surgery required a longer recuperation period and Lucy Lu needed on-going physical therapy.
EBN held an auction in August 2013 and raised $1,060 to help adoptaBull with the large costs associated with Lucy Lu’s necessary surgeries. Physical therapy had added $1250 in expenses to the $1600 for the rear leg surgeries. With her difficult leg surgeries, Lucy Lu had a long recovery period after all were done. She had an eight-week physical therapy program where each session involved 30 minutes of range-of-motion exercises, 30 minutes of cold laser therapy, and 30 minutes of aqua treadmill/swimming therapy.
Despite all the surgeries, the pain, and challenges, Lucy Lu remained a complete sweetheart during the whole process. It was a large expense to the new rescue (who had already found homes for 20 bulldogs in the short time since being officially established!) and EBN and its members stepped up to help them give Lucy Lu the quality of life she deserves. All those who worked with Lucy Lu during her progress say she has an amazing spirit and incredible resiliency.
Lucy Lu now: Lucy Lu loves sticks and timber as her new favorite toys. Her pool came out for the summer and, according to her foster parent, “is hysterical” when playing in her pool! Lucy always tries to boss her sister Raisin around, who is very patient with her. Even though Raisin is the alpha girl in the house, she is very tolerant of Lucy Lu’s bossing and is incredibly protective of her, as if she understands all the struggles Lucy Lu has gone through!
An update from her foster parent: Lucy Lu is still doing great and people at Meetups are just amazed at how good she looks compared to when she first came into rescue. She still has her “cowgirl” back legs but it is so much less pronounced that before surgery. I am around her all the time and even I have noticed how much stronger her back end is post-surgery and with her daily physical therapy and supplements. We do PT every day before she gets out of the bed and she loves it! Best news is her front legs have stabilized and she is clearly full grown. She is doing just fine with the end result of the congenital deformities. She is a total spitfire! She’s a great rebuttal to those who would say she should have been put down as a puppy due to her congenital orthopedic issues. English Bulldog News was a HUGE help with getting her stabilized and in a great place to enjoy life as an assisted living Bulldog. We thank you for believing in her case and for your support.