3-year-old mini Yorkshire terrier Lucy, owned by Sally Leone Montufar of Absecon, is just six inches long, 5.7 inches high and weighs a mere 2.5 pounds, but is living proof that good things come in small packages.
Just ask those she has visited in hospitals, schools and nursing homes through the group Leashes of Love in Cherry Hill.
“I call her small but mighty,” Montufar told the New York Post. “She’s got a sweet personality.”
Lucy was homeless just two years ago when she was brought to the pet boutique Montufar used to run in Historic Smithville with several other dogs that were on their way to an animal shelter. The visitor was hoping someone would agree to take them. Montufar fell in love with Lucy.
“She was so pitiful and lethargic,” Montufar told the Camden Courier Post. “I couldn’t leave her. I didn’t know if I could save her or not. And kind of as a mother would, I said, ‘I’m going to help this one. I’m not going to turn my back.’
“The others looked pretty healthy,” the retired teacher added.
After getting her the medical help she needed to make Lucy healthy, Montufar took to having her trained to become a therapy dog.
“She had to be trained to sit for long periods, lay for long periods, not be flustered when there’s wheelchairs and walkers all around,” Montufar told the Courier Post. “And she has to be able to walk for me and be nonaggressive.”
Montufar said some of Lucy’s jobs take place as much as a two-hour drive away, but she only charges charitable organizations gas money for his services.
Lucy wrested the Guinness crown away from a 6.6-pound search-and-rescue dog in Japan. And Montufar says her pint-sized pup is capable of much more.
“I want Lucy to be an advocate for rescuing dogs,” Montufar was quoted in as saying in the Courier Post. “Take a chance and look what happens. … There’s a lot of people out there who are desperate for companionship.”
—JOE GREENE, NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM