Puppy With Unusual Appearance Finds Home With Family Who 'Saw Her For Who She Was'

This pooch is living the life she always deserved, thanks to one family who noticed her true beauty.

Lisa the puppy arrived at the Humane Society of Silicon Valley in Milpitas, California, earlier this month after spending some time at a previous shelter. The pooch, who was transferred to HSSV because she needed a more medical attention, had red and swollen eyelids-- a condition referred to as "cherry eye," Finnegan Dowling, social media manager for HSSV told The Huffington Post. The pup also had scarring on her face -- the combination made for an unusual appearance. 


Though dogs with facial disfigurements often have difficulty in finding a forever home, Lisa, who has been renamed Lucky, was, well, lucky. Christine Doblar and her family were drawn to the pooch and took her home earlier this month, making her a happy addition to their family. 

"They just saw a puppy. ... They have the same perception of [Lucky that she] has of herself, which is that she's just a normal puppy," Dowling told HuffPost. "They saw her for who she was ... this really sweet, funny, kissy, ridiculous, squirmy little puppy." 


Dowling explained to HuffPost that not much is known about Lucky's past but the damage to her face was likely caused by a chemical burn. The pooch was surrendered by her previous owner to the other shelter and Dowling says she's "disinclined to believe" that Lucky was a victim of abuse. The pup, however, needed to undergo surgery to correct her eyelid issue and during an HSSV adoption event, Lucky had to wear a cone around her head. 

Though most puppies quickly found new homes, Dowling told HuffPost that because of Lucky's appearance, it took a bit more time to find the pooch a home. 

Lisa with her new family. 
Lisa with her new family. 

"When you get an animal that has that facial disfigurement that [Lucky] has -- it is hard to look at for some people," Dowling said. "We had had a bunch of puppies and every single puppy had been adopted within the first hour and a half and it was [Lucky] that was still there at the end of the day."

Doblar and her family recently lost their chihuahua, Luna. Their other dog, a chocolate Lab named Pelé, was really "missing his little buddy," Dowling said. So after the family met Lucky, they just fell in love.

"She just has a wonderful, sparkling personality," Doblar told The Dodo. "The fact that she was going to each of us, and just as loving and exuberant with everyone she greeted … we looked at a few more dogs but nobody could compare to that." 

It's been less than two weeks since Lucky was adopted and the pup's already fit right in with her new family. 

"She's been doing wonderfully, everybody in the family just loves her," Dowling told HuffPost. "Pelé ... is psyched to have a little buddy back and they've been snuggling and sleeping together so she's just been settling in ... like she was meant to be there."

 To learn more about the Humane Society of Silicon Valley, visit its website here


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