Lucky wasn't having a fun life. He had lost his home, either by accident or design, and the collar he was wearing was embedded in his neck.
He was starving.
Lucky was not the only stray dog on the streets of Macon, and he wasn't the only stray dog starved for both attention and food. But Lucky is luckier than most stray dogs. He didn't get picked up by Animal Control, and he didn't get hit by a car, die from lack of food or water, catch a deadly disease or get snatched up by a dogfighter needing a throwaway dog for his own dog to kill for "practice."
None of those terrible things that can happen to stray dogs and cats in Bibb County happened to Lucky, because he crossed paths with Sandy Bennett Gorman.
Like many animal loving Good Samaritans in central Georgia, Gorman already has as many pets as she can handle financially, emotionally and space-wise. But, like many Good Samaritans in our area, Gorman wasn't willing to leave Lucky's fate to Fate.
"I couldn't leave him when he looked at me with those gold eyes," Gorman said. She loaded the dog up -- no easy task, considering his size and hers. "He isn't light," she laughs.
Gorman thinks Lucky was abused at some time in his past. "Whenever I approached, he would just lay down and close his eyes. But he never snarled growled or tried to bite. I think he just gave up," she said.
Thinking a local rescue group would help her, Gorman got in touch with contacts. Someone told her rescues can't take dogs from individuals. "It doesn't work that way," Gorman said.
As we understand the laws in Georgia, rescues cannot take strays off the street. That's the job of animal control. However, Gorman was unable to find Lucky's owner, so she kept him and paid for his vetting and neuter surgery herself. As far as most municipalities are concerned, her good faith efforts mean Lucky is hers to rehome. There is no barrier we know of now to keep a rescue group from taking Lucky in or letting someone adopt him through them, according to their policies. Hopefully, a local rescue with broader contacts and wider reach in the community can help find a permanent home for Lucky.
"It doesn't matter," Gorman said. "I would do it all again."
Lucky is around 8 months old and his best buddy right now is a 5-pound Yorkie, so he's good with smaller dogs. He weighs in at around 25 pounds, though he may fill out some as he matures. He still has some shyness, but Gorman says he is coming out of his shell, learning to behave like a normal puppy again.
Gorman is unable to keep Lucky permanently because she must devote most of her attention to her own aging, declining dogs.
"The person who rescues him, I can tell you is his hero," Gorman said. "You will have a loyal companion. And yes, he always smiles now, like in his picture."
Lucky enjoys being outside and is learning to walk on a leash. Gorman says he is smart and eager to learn. If you'd like to adopt Lucky, call Gorman at 478-447-2634.