So last week, through Friday’s column, he asked you for help.
By the time he got off work at 3:30 p.m. Friday, you already had donated enough money to cover the cost of the surgery and at least some of the aftercare. People from as far away as Wisconsin made donations
“I thought some people might donate,” he told me Wednesday, “but not like that.”
There’s more good news: Larry found a good home for the dog, who he had named Lucy.
Lucy’s owner, who saw the story in last Friday’s paper, contacted Larry and explained he was unable to take back his dog because of financial reasons.
Larry, who has a houseful of cats and an unfenced yard, felt he couldn’t keep Lucy at his place, either, though, as a last resort, he would try.
“I was going to keep her until we found her a home,” he said.
Then a number of people called Larry, asking to adopt Lucy. One, a woman who lives in the neighborhood where Larry grew up, sounded perfect.
“She told about how she had rescued other dogs, and I could tell she was the right person,” Larry said.
“Lucy’s been moved around enough,” he said. “It’s time she stays in one place with someone who will love her and take care of her.”
When I called Lucy’s new owner Thursday morning, she said the basset was at the vet’s clinic in Colorado City. The operation was scheduled to take place either Thursday afternoon or today. A plate will be inserted into Lucy’s leg to help repair the badly broken bone. The new owner said she will take care of any future medical bills. I’ll let you know how the operation turns out.
“I’m hoping I’ll have her home by the weekend,” the woman, who is a teacher, told me.
“Miss Lucy’s going to come home with me and live a life of leisure as an indoors dog. She’s a sweetheart.”