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After 1,146 days at Lucy Mackenzie, Robin the dog has found his new family

Robin — a former stray and frequent face on the Valley News adoptable pets feature — finally has a home to call his own!

Robin <3

Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society announced on social media this morning that Robin has been adopted after 1,146 days (or nearly 3 years, 2 months).

Here’s Robin’s description from the Valley News adoptable pets features:

“Hi! My name’s Robin and I’m a 5-year-old neutered male mixed breed dog that came to Lucy Mackenzie as a stray.


“Life hasn’t always been easy for me, but I’m looking forward to starting over in my new home. I’m a fun-loving active fella that has tons of potential, and lots of love to give!


“Since I’ve been here, we’ve spent lots of time working on basic behaviors, like how to walk on a leash, sit and stay. I’ve come such a far way!


“I’d be the only animal in my ideal home, and my human would be committed toward continuing my training with me. It would also be nice if I wasn’t left alone for long amounts of time, as I’m much happier when I’m around my people.


“All I really need in life is a second chance.  If you’ve been looking for a new best friend, stop in and meet me today!”

Looks like he got that second chance. <3 Best wishes, Robin & family!

Congratulations to Turtle the senior cat on her special adoption at Lucy Mackenzie

John Zahara with Turtle the cat. Photo courtesy Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society.

Congratulations are in order for Turtle the senior cat, who first arrived at Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society in 2007, and John Zahara, a volunteer and member of the Board of Trustees.

John adopted Turtle into her family as she deals with some serious health issues, but is letting her live out the rest of her days where she’s most comfortable: at the shelter that she’s called home for much of that time.

Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society wrote on Facebook that Aug. 22 was a “BIG day for Turtle,” and here’s that story:

Turtle first came to Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society December 1, 2007. Since then, this special girl had been adopted a handful of times, but none of them were forever. All her life, she has dealt with multiple health issues, but through it all, has always been a giant ray of sunshine to the people that know her best.


After being dealt with yet another curve ball health-wise, one of her biggest admirers, and a member of the Lucy Mackenzie family, John Zahara, wanted her to know just how loved she is. He adopted her knowing that she would be most comfortable remaining at the shelter where she’s lived the majority of her life surrounded by all her friends. Nobody knows just how many days Turtle has left, but she now proudly asks that everyone address her as Turtle Zahara and she will live every single moment knowing how very much she is loved by her new Dad.

Turtle the cat. Photo courtesy Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society.

It’s not a particularly traditional adoption, but a very special one, because it means that Turtle has a family member until the very end, whenever that may be, and it’s a statement that she is worthy of adoption. <3 And for now, she gets to do what she knows best: rule the shelter, where John is an active volunteer!

Congrats to both of you.

BTW, if you are looking to add a pet to your family …

Check out the Valley News’ weekly adoptable pets feature, put together in conjunction with Upper Valley pet rescue organizations, at www.vnews.com/adoptablepets.

Peaches, the senior dog adopted from Lucy Mackenzie, is living the good life

Peaches & James Trundy Verrill. (Courtesy photo)

You might remember Peaches, the 11½-year-old resident at Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society who was recently adopted by a self-described fellow senior.

(If you don’t remember, see our first post here.)

We got a Peaches update this afternoon and things are going … peachy!

As you’ll see if you read on below, she is a sneaky old gal!

James Trundy Verrill, of McIndoe Falls, Vt., said it took five nights “for the snuggles and kisses to start,” and it looks like they’re in full force now. 

James Trundy Verrill photograph.

Here’s a longer update from James, who, at 70 years old, points out that he’s younger than Peaches — in dog years, at least!

She is settling in — perky, energetic and loving — multiple updates posted on Lucy Mac page — I just now posted this in my private group for friends — LOL! This Darling Princess is not as innocent as she looks 🙂


Between the picture of her dozing on my leg in the van and the picture of her napping in her chair after we got home — Peaches managed to reach and open the leftover salad I was bringing home.


I had left her, thinking all was well, to pick up a prescription. Came back, expecting to see her napping on her van pillow and found her nose deep in my salad! She doesn’t care for mixed greens 🙂 It appears that she ate the turkey, chopped eggs and feta cheese — not all that bad if she is going to steal BUT this had bleu cheese dressing on it — she left the olives, walnuts, beets and mixed greens.


She knew she was caught doing something she wasn’t supposed to be doing! But she has reached a point where she knows she gets a verbal rebuke and is still thoroughly loved! …


As I have said, she is settling in and what I call “shelter shock” is wearing off. That in no way reflects poorly on the Lucy MacKenzie Shelter as Peaches was loved by everyone and spoiled to death there!! As wonderful as it is, it is different from a home and real bed and being catered to around the clock 🙂 🙂


So now we wait and see how her system handles her stolen snack. I rescued what was left for myself later.


Thankful every moment that this bundle of beautiful joy came into my life.

Thanks for the update, James!

BTW, James said he hopes Peaches’ story raises awareness about senior dog adoption.

If you’re interested in learning more on the subject, a great place to start is to follow Susie’s Senior Dogs on Facebook and Instagram.

“Hey fwiends! Make thure to get tested!!” ??? As a super senior, Simon gets his bloodwork done by-annually to be on the safe side. Catching something early can really make all the difference. And if everything is A-OK then that peace of mind is priceless. ✌? If cost is a concern, many areas in the United States offer low-cost vet care (you may just need to do a little research). And some shelters or rescues even offer free annual basic services such as bloodwork or vaccines for dogs adopted from their shelter. Especially seniors! (Pet insurance is also something to look into!) People often assume adopting a senior dog means breaking the bank – but it’s not always the case and, like humans, all dogs age differently. It’s best to be prepared when adopting any age dog. And doing your homework on what facilities offer the best price services in your area can potentially save you a lot of money. It’s worth the effort! ? #seniordog #adoption #adoptdontshop

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And don’t forget to check out the Valley News’ weekly adoptable pets feature online at www.vnews.com/adoptablepets.

The latest edition just got posted this afternoon!

James Trundy Verrill photograph.

Lucy Mackenzie’s Peaches the dog, age 11½, has found her new human, and it’s really very sweet


Check out this post that a man named James Trundy Verrill posted on Lucy Mackenzie’s Facebook page, with the animal shelter subsequently shared with its followers.

So excited to have found Peaches. She gets to come to her new forever home this Friday.

TWO “SENIORS” joined together to love and cherish each other from this day forward!……..

She waited over 2 months for me to find her — overlooked and left behind because of her age — 11.5 years (84)

I decided while traveling that I was at a point in life where I should adopt a senior dog. My in concrete criteria were 1.) Female and 2,) Under 20 pounds — beyond that I was open and flexible.

Peaches and I will enjoy whatever time we have together.

And here’s Peaches profile on the Lucy Mackenzie website while she was waiting for James to find her:

Hi! My name is Peaches and I’m an 11-year-old Pomeranian Mix. I look pretty good for 11, don’t I??? My time at Lucy Mackenzie has been like a lovely retreat stay — I’ve had my nails done, my coat has been well clipped, I’ve trimmed my waistline a bit and I’ve even had my teeth done. I’ve been treated like a princess here! As much fun as I’ve had, though, I really can’t wait to find my new home. I love going for my walks and exploring outside. I’ve taken much pride in the weight I’ve lost and intend to stay on my new diet and exercise regimen. I have lived with cats before and like most other dogs I meet, as long as they are nice. Being nice to one another is very important to me and I hope it is to you, too. If you are looking for a very happy-go-lucky senior gal to fill your life with lots of love and smiles, stop in and meet me today!

All the best to James and Peaches. <3

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