Lucky is the product of a backyard breeder. When Lucky’s three siblings ᴅ.ɪ.ᴇ.ᴅ, Clancy Reza, an independent animal rescuer, thought Lucky would be next. In fact, she was sure of it. But miraculously, he made it, and despite his own health problems, thrived.
“I didn’t know if he was gonna survive. I mean, all the puppies had ᴅ.ɪ.ᴇ.ᴅ and I was like, “OK, well, who knows if this one is gonna make it tonight.”
The man who owned the puppies was a backyard breeder, and he couldn’t care less about them. Reza had bottle-fed puppies before, so she reached out, thinking she could offer some advice. But then the puppies’ owner reached out to Reza and asked her to take the puppies, who were only about 3 days old at the time.
The puppies were definitely small, but Reza didn’t notice that something was wrong with them until they started having breathing issues. When that happened, Reza rushed the puppies to the vet.
“This dog’s not gonna make it.”
The likelihood of him making it to the next morning was extremely slim, but she still decided to give him a fighting chance.
She had worked so hard to save them all, and this heartbroken foster mama wasn’t about to let Lucky bounce across the rainbow bridge just yet! She made a promise to herself, and to him:
“I need to do everything I can. I can’t let this dog ᴅ.ɪ.ᴇ.ᴅ on me, like, all the other dogs have ᴅ.ɪ.ᴇ.ᴅ. He can’t go.”
“Lucky” for her, this fierce little fighter wasn’t ready to knock himself out of the ring just yet, either!
Lucky the pup wasn’t just given a random cute name. He actually EARNED it because he was the only one in his litter who had enough fight in him to make it through the night.
” He was so small, and he was having shallow breaths,” Reza said. “But he survived, and I was so shocked. He was a little fighter,” Reza said.
It was still “touch-and-go” for several weeks, Reza said, but Lucky got a little stronger every day.
About two weeks later, Lucky opened his eyes, and that’s when Reza noticed that his right eye was not seeing. Despite his health issues, Lucky has continued to grow and thrive. Now Lucky is 11 months old, and he’s living up to his name. Not only is he lucky to be alive, but he’s also incredibly fortunate to have been adopted by Reza.
Not only is Lucky happy – he makes others happy as well, especially Reza herself.