Meet the REAL Lucy!

Lucy’s Tale began on a warm summer day in June of 2014. My husband, son, and I were taking our dogs Sissy and Pippin for a walk. As we wandered along the Licking River in the Southeastern part of Ohio, we heard a, well we weren’t sure what we heard, but it turned out to be a meow from a very small, scared kitten hiding behind a fallen log. We looked around and discovered she was alone. No other kittens or her owners in sight.

So, kitten in tow, we continued our walk. Luckily for us we had another cat, Addy, who was willing to share his home, albeit begrudgingly at first, with the new kitten. A trip to the vet the following week would confirm that not only was our new kitten, now named Lucy, in need of food, shelter, and love, but also medical care as well.

As the weeks passed, and many trips to the vet later, Lucy regained her health and put on some much-needed weight. She weighed less than one pound during her first visit to the vet. Today, she is a happy, healthy, and very ornery cat, weighing in at 7.1 pounds!

Lucy’s Tale, is a series of fiction, with each story containing true components of Lucy’s life. The premier book, Lucy Finds a Home, is the backstory of Lucy’s adventures before she finds her forever home. Travel with Lucy as we follow all her adventures through the Lucy’s Tale series. Lucy Finds a Home will soon be followed by the second book in the series, Lucy meets the family. Join our email list to stay connected with Lucy, and be the first to know when a new book will be released.

Lucy’s Tips for

“Lucy Finds a Home”

Each year millions of dogs and cats are lost. Here are some tips to help you find your furry companion.

  • Be sure your pet wears a collar with an ID tag. The tag should include your furry friend’s name and up-to-date contact information for you.
  • For permanent identification, consider having your pet micro chipped. Be sure to update your contact information as needed.
  • Ask for help. Talk to your neighbors, friends, and family members. They can help you organize a search. The more people looking for your pet the better.
  • Check your local shelters, rescues, and veterinarian clinics.
  • Post flyers with a picture and description of your pet. Be sure to include your contact information. In addition to posting flyers, advertise in newspapers, with radio stations, and on social media.

We can make a difference together.
Let’s treat our pets and animals with love and compassion!

Lucy’s Tips for

“Lucy Meets the Family”

Here are some tips to help the transition go smoothly when you bring your new furry friend home to meet the family.

  • Plan of Care – Have a family meeting and develop a Plan of Care for your new pet. This should include who is responsible for each activity. The Plan of Care should include a feeding, bathroom and exercise schedule.
  • Introduction – Introduce your new pet to your other pets slowly and cautiously. Remember they will all have extra stress so give them extra time to get to know each other. Do not leave them alone unsupervised in the beginning.
  • Preparation –  Be prepared for accidents and inappropriate behavior. Have reasonable expectations for your new pet. Safeguard your house.
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Quality Time – Try to spend as much time as possible with your pet in the beginning. It will be time well spent in grooming their behavior.

We can make a difference together. Let’s treat our pets and animals with love and compassion!

Lucy’s Tips “Lucy’s First Christmas”

The holidays are a fun time for everyone, including your furry companions. Here are some tips from ASPCA to make sure your pets have a safe holiday!

  • Oh, Christmas Tree: Securely anchor your Christmas tree so it doesn’t tip and fall, causing possible injury to your pet. This will also prevent the tree water—which may contain fertilizers that can cause stomach upset—from spilling. Stagnant tree water is a breeding ground for bacteria, and your pet could end up with nausea or diarrhea should he imbibe.
  • Avoid Mistletoe & Holly: Holly, when ingested, can cause pets to suffer nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal upset and cardiovascular problems. And many varieties of lilies can cause kidney failure in cats if ingested. Opt for just-as-jolly artificial plants made from silk or plastic, or choose a pet-safe bouquet.
  • Tinsel-less Town: Kitties love this sparkly, light-catching “toy” that’s easy to bat around and carry in their mouths. But a nibble can lead to a swallow, which can lead to an obstructed digestive tract, severe vomiting, dehydration and possible surgery. It’s best to brighten your boughs with something other than tinsel.
  • That Holiday Glow: Don’t leave lighted candles unattended. Pets may burn themselves or cause a fire if they knock candles over. Be sure to use appropriate candle holders, placed on a stable surface. And if you leave the room, put the candle out!
  • Wired Up: Keep wires, batteries and glass or plastic ornaments out of paws’ reach. A wire can deliver a potentially lethal electrical shock and a punctured battery can cause burns to the mouth and esophagus, while shards of breakable ornaments can damage your pet’s mouth and digestive tract.
  • A Room of Their Own: Give your pet his own quiet space to retreat to—complete with fresh water and a place to snuggle. Shy pups and cats might want to hide out under a piece of furniture, in their carrying case or in a separate room away from the hubbub.

We can make a difference together. Let’s treat our pets and animals with love and compassion!