Cathy Doty had given the idea of volunteering as an apprentice trainer for the Blessings Unleashed Foundation – a local nonprofit organization that provides service dogs for autistic children — some thought.
Doty, of Glasgow, had no idea when she was at the T.J. Samson Women’s Conference in late February that by the end of the week she would receive her first dog and begin its training.
Dana Emmitt-Hall, of the Bon Ayr community in Barren County, founder of Blessings Unleashed, had already spoken to Doty about becoming a volunteer, but when she saw her at the conference she told Doty, “‘I’ve got the perfect dog for you.’”
Doty was looking for a dog that didn’t shed much. The “perfect dog” was a rambunctious, black, fuzzy Double Doodle, which is a Golden Retriever, Labrador, Poodle hybrid, named Lucy.
“I was like, ‘OK,’” Doty said. “She said, ‘But the thing is it will be here Friday.’ So, I had no time to think. I had no time to plan. She said, ‘I need to know.’ I said, ‘OK, I’ll do it.’”
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