LAFOLLETTE (WATE) – How far would you go to save your pet? People at a Campbell County nursing home are doing everything they can to help their resident dog Lucky.
They say the happy, friendly dog deserves it. He first came to Cumberland Village as a stray puppy eight years ago. Since then, he’s become family.
“Lucky means the world to me,” said resident William Johnson.
“I mean, it’s not every dog that could come in the facility as a puppy and be safe and social and be good for everybody, but he is. It’s like he was just meant to be here,” said Becky Ausmus, a nurse and Lucky’s caretaker.
There are countless stories of Lucky helping people, like the day after Vicky McCauley lost her mom, who was living at the facility.
“Lucky came up and he laid his head in my lap and he stayed there while I cried and he stayed and stayed. He’s just a precious boy,” McCauley said.
Ausmus said Lucky gets the residents to open up when they otherwise wouldn’t.
“Sometimes they’ll say oh that’s my dog and just let him and respond to him where they won’t if we stand and talk to him they may not even respond at all and they’ll respond to him just by him walking by so it’s really amazing,” Ausmus said.
The dog who has helped so many lives is now desperately fighting for his. A few weeks ago, they found out Lucky has cancer all over his body. He was given four to six months to live, but treatments may extend that up to a year.
“In his case, what can you really say to help him except ‘Lucky, I love you,'” Johnson said.
The residents are now doing everything they can to raise money for his treatment. They’ve put up donation jars and are having several bake sales.
“We’re all just devastated, but I think after the initial shock of it all were just optimistic, optimistic that he’ll be around with us for a little bit longer,” Ausmus said.
Ausmus is currently paying out of pocket for Lucky’s treatments. She says her main goal is to extend his quality of life for as long as possible.
For more information on how to help, visit Lucky’s Medical Expenses.