Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Paralyzed Dog, Lucy, Reaches Summit Of Mount Washington

A wheelchair did not stop Lucy, a 4-year old mixed breed whose back legs were paralyzed in a car accident when she was still a pup from reaching the highest peak in the northeastern United States, Mount Washington, on the morning of August 18, 2010.

Lucy's owner, Courtney Dunning, a 28-year-old nurse from Peterborough, N.H., her boyfriend, and her other dog, a chihuahua-dachshund mix named Topper, accompanied Lucy on the 4,500-foot ascent. A representative from Nashua, New Hampshire's and a filmmaker also climbed with them. Lucy made the climb with the help of a wheelchair that was donated to her from two years ago.

The rocky terrain or steep slope didn’t deter Lucy on the six-hour climb. Lucy's owner, a marathon runner, said she had prepared her dog for the climb all summer by training her on nearby mountains a little at a time until she thought her pup was ready for the challenge.

Courtney adopted Lucy more than two years ago after seeing her photo on an animal rescue website. Lucy, who was living in shelter in Puerto Rico using a hand-me-down wheelchair until a donated wheelchair arrived from Handicapped Pets shortly after.

Wednesday’s six-hour journey to the summit of Mt. Washington was no easy feat for Lucy, including several breaks for food and water (as well as one diaper change).

When they reached the 4000 feet marker, Lucy was tired but was determined to reach her destination and was ready to pose for the camera

at the 5000 foot marker until she finally  

reached the summit! Of course, Courtney was proud of Lucy, and thanked the Mt. Washington Auto Road and its employees for their support.

And since Lucy is a favorite of the Mt. Washington Auto Road employees, she enjoyed an extremely comfortable ride back to the base of the mountain with her owner and her supporters.

Ever since Lucy made the courageous climb to the summit she has been receiving a lot of fan mail and if you would like to send her a message you can join her on Facebook! Become her fan here and congratulate her for a job well done!


  1. Touching story - What a determined and sweet girl! I admire her courage and tenacity!

  2. This is such an inspirational story, it brought tears to my eyes. Thank you so much for sharing!

  3. Yay for Lucy! She is a very brave girl.

    Woofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae

  4. What a cool story! She sure is an inspiration!


  5. Hiya guys! Thanks for stopping by mys blog! I loves makin new furends!

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  6. I read Lucy's story!
    She is pawesome!
    Kisses and hugs

  7. Great story! Thanks fur sharing!


  8. That is amazing. I don't think I could do that with all four legs working. Lucy is very cute, too.

    lotsa licks, Lola

  9. Now that is awesome and inspiring.

  10. Great story! Well done, Lucy!

    XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

  11. Oh wow! Oh Lucy!! What an amazing doggie and what lovely people too!! She is truly a remarkable and extremely determined doggie!! Me and Charlie are in AWE at her bravery. What an inspiration. Thank you so much for this info and for the links - we are so fans of Lucy!

    Take care

  12. awwwwww, Lucy is so inspirational and has such a zest for life bol!

    thanks for sharing
    coco and tiffy
    pee ess: we sure can learn from her!

  13. Hello! Thanks for commenting on my blog :) This was such an inspirational story. Yay for Lucy! and the great job her owners are doing :) Can't wait to read more adventures!

  14. Our dad has climbed Mount Washington and he says that it is no easy climb! Congratulation to Lucy! What a truly amazing girl she is!

    Love ya lots,
    Maggie and Mitch

  15. that is totally awesome sauce! way to go, miss lucy!!
    the booker man

  16. There is really ain't no mountain high enough if you have passion and dedication to what you are doing. Lucy is the living proof even she is a dog.

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