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Happy Birthday, Lucille!

Seven years ago today I rescued my furry soul mate, Lucille. Since we don’t really know exactly when she was born, my family has always treated this day as her birthday. She’s estimated to be 10 years old now! We definitely don’t need a special day as an excuse to shower her in love and extra attention (because she gets that every day) but it’s certainly nice to look back and remember the day that we rescued her.


Last year I shared her adoption story, and rather than re-write what was already written, I’ll just share that link again for anyone who wants to read it.

Thanks for being the best soul mate/spirit animal/furry child that a girl could ever ask for, Lucille! Here’s to many more happy, healthy years with your epic-ly adorable face <3


p.s. I really love reading animal rescue/adoption stories, so if you have one you’d like to link to or share in a comment, I’d love to hear you gush about how much you love your furry soul mates! I know I’m not the only crazy dog (and cat!) mom out there 😉

  • Julia Yunker Miller

    Rochelle, there’s a new book by Bronwen Dickey called Pit Bull that might interest you. She researched their history from beloved pets to modern fear-mongering. The good news is she feels people are reassessing those scary stories and recognizing the breed as smart and loving. Yay!

  • Lucille! She’s so adorable. This month also marks my five-year Cativersary! Got to love the fuzzy companions.

  • C

    Aw Lucille…you melt my heart…

  • Giant hugs to you both from Annie (and Stella) and I!

    ♥ Jessica

    *PS* The 19th of this month marked three years since we brought Annie home. How lovely that both of our dogs have adoption day anniversaries in the same month.

  • Susie Mazur

    She’s so beautiful I love when she sneaks into your photos 🙂

    I grew up with rescued animals, my mum and I were obsessive and at one point had over 30 animals in the house!

    My favourite story is when my mum was living in London, she’d recently emigrated from Poland and was working 3 jobs a day (what they say about the poles is true!) She was walking to her first job really early one morning and she thought she could hear a puppy crying. She knocked on some people’s doors who told her they’d heard it all night but not done anything about it. After looking around for ages she looked in the skip on the road which had a mesh all over it and there he was. My mum took him to the vets and they said he should be put down as he was weak and sick but my mum refused and he lived for 12 years and was one of the most wonderful dogs I ever knew. 🙂

  • jannapyj

    Lucille gives the best smiles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Lucille is the best!!! She is lucky to have you! xo

  • Julie Culshaw

    This brought tears to my eyes. We lost our dog Teddy on Jan 15 after he had been with us for 15 years. Lucy is a wonderful dog, may you have many more years with her.

  • Happy birthday, Lucille! I love seeing your sweet face and reading stories about you on your Mama’s blog ?

  • Maggie Ha

    happy birthday Lucille.?. I’ve always thought she has a wonderful smile. I have been rescued myself by a neurotic schnoodle and a Shorkie with 4 inch legs and a long belly. I call her my Dr. Seuss dog. I can’t imagine life w/o a dog to love me. I am so glad Lucille found you. I read her story with a smile. She does look fetching in scarves?

  • Julia Yunker Miller

    Happy birthday, Lucille!

    Your story reminds me of a pit mix named Princess at the shelter where I volunteer. Princess loved PEOPLE but she had that wedge head and she was pretty chunky and she would bound out of her cage, wagging all over and people were scared. But a local day care/boarding facility took Princess in (they help our shelter a lot) while the shelter was moving into a new building. They were able to give Princess time and training and did help her to find a home.

  • Happy happy birthday, Lucille!

    We are suckers when it comes to rescue dogs – we, ummmm, currently have 7. 2 are pibble crosses – the are sweet, sweet dogs! Tigger had been in the shelte 6 months, and was on her last adoption event. The foster mom was so desperate, she sent her home with us for the weekend, and came by Monday morning for the check. Loki was barely 8 weeks old; the shelter kept telling everybody he wasn’t adoptable- until we walked in (his foster dad happened to o be our Vet Tech – he KNOWS our dogs have it made!). I wasn’t looking for a puppy…..but he’s my baby.

    I’m glad Lucille found you!

    • Oh wow, seven dogs sounds like quite the awesome pack! Lucille is our only dog currently but we do have a 4-pack of cats. It’s funny when you’re not looking for something, but it finds you anyways, and things just work out like it was meant to be that way all along! 🙂

  • Charlene

    Happy birthday Lucille!
    My little furry kid is a rabbit. Poor Lala had to been dumped outside and left to defend for himself. My dad noticed him and tied a carrot to a stick. Lala was so hungry that he was following the carrot where my dad was able to scoop him up. That has been almost three years ago. Ever since then, Lala has had a loving home that caters to his every want.

    • I can’t help but laugh about the carrot on the stick! So classic. Well I’m glad the rabbit fishing worked and Lala has an amazing home now! 🙂 Speaking of fishing, I have a kitty who was rescued out of an industrial sized dumpster with a long fishing net. Whatever works, right? 😉

  • kjozsa

    Happy Birthday Lucille!!!! What a sweetheart! We’ve had a few dogs from rescue situations, but our most recent is Mr.Picnic a longhaired Chihuahua that was left ? when a family down the road moved! His name was max & he was quite thin. He also would hang on like a little sloth when you held him. Well…fast forward a couple years & a name change ,now he’s somewhat rectangular lol (from all the picnicking! ) but also very much at home with us . He is also a willing hat model ?

    • Can I just say that Mr. Picnic is the best name for a dog, ever?! I love it! Sounds like he has a really wonderful home now 🙂 🙂

  • Aww she’s so lovely, Happy Birthday Lucille! We got our cat Suzi from a friend who found her and three kittens in the back garden, they kept Suzi and one kitten but when they moved house they got really territorial and so we adopted Suzi. She’s basically the cutest cat ever, when she was abandoned when she was pregnant and was only about 9 months old at the time so she’s really little! Also she’s a black cat, and black cats are awesome!

    • Suzi sounds like a real sweetheart! I love black cats 🙂

  • Tina Roneklint

    Oh she is just so adorable. I got my cat on a whim when my sister wanted to put her down. She was a fierce clawing mean cat and she even put me in the ER once when my sister first rescued her from an abusive home. My sister had to give up but we took her in and she is the most loving snuggle bug I ever met. She never strays from our side and has not scratched anyone since we got. I can even clip her nails and brush her coat today. I guess it was meant to be.

    • It’s amazing how animals can respond differently with certain surroundings and energies. Sounds like she was meant to be with you! 🙂

      • Tina Roneklint

        Its rather splendid. I´m often amazed at how well animals cope with what they have been through given the love and care they deserve.