Thanks to Sam for sending this story.
When Arnette Garrison was transferred from the road department to Animal Services, she never dreamed that she would become a ghostwriter for a dog who needed a new home.
A Levy County, FL resident had brought Lucy into the animal shelter where Arnette had started working. Lucy had been found starving and abandoned and then had lost part of her tail when she was hit by a car. The animal shelter has a policy of trying to find homes for every animal it can, including posting photos and stories on the Internet.
So Arnette wrote Lucy’s story and sent it Petfinder.com. (It's always listed in my sidebar.) This was her first effort at persuasive writing, not something she had needed in any previous job or while earning her GED several years ago.
This is what she wrote:
"I see people walk past my kennel and turn me down because my tail is still not healed. I keep it clean, I just can't take myself to a doctor to get a stitch or two! PLEASE, if you can find it in your heart to come save my life, and get me a stitch for my tail, I know you will love me, but most of all, I Will Love You!!!"
After several days at the Veterinarian Clinic, Lucy’s tail had healed enough to make the cross-country flight to Yakima, Washington. Jean Williamson, a high school teacher and active animal rescue volunteer, had agreed to help Lucy find a permanent home.
Williamson took the day off school to drive 3 ½ hours to the Seattle airport to pick her up. “I'm glad I did,” she said. “Lucy didn't choose to have bad things happen to her but I guess now she really is a lucky dog because we will find her a good home."