Jessi Britton and Her Lucky Dogs
Coming out of the Community Center after the 75th Anniversary kick-off event, I meet Ms. Britton sitting with her two dogs at a stone bench in front of the Library.
Both of them are named Lucky, she tells me. The one with black chest strap was named Lucky because he comes from Lucky Dog Animal Rescue in Downtown D.C. He had problems with his leg so they went online and raised $3,500 for his double hip replacement surgery. The orthopedic surgeon volunteered her services, and the fee was for hospital expenses. He is four-and-a-half or five years old and a Lhasa Apso Maltese mix. The one with red strap was adopted from Greenbelt Animal Shelter at Thanksgiving 2010. He was already named Lucky, so she calls him Lucky Too or Too Too. Too Too is about six now and is supposed to be a Shih Tzu, but Ms. Britton thinks he is a little big and has got Bichon in him. Even after surgery, Lucky’s left leg is never going to be normal so they are resting here a little bit. Ms. Britton lives in a GHI home not far from the Library, and she is retired and volunteers at the News Review and GIVES. She loves the place, “We’ve got everything right here.” And she loves walking her dogs around, “Everybody knows my Lucky dogs.”
GIVES stands for Greenbelt Intergenerational Volunteer Exchange Service, and its mission is to “assist the frail and disabled, regardless of age, as well as the elderly, to remain independent until they are no longer able to function safely alone.”