Funeral home director works to save dog that changed his life

By Bill Stevens, Times Columnist
In Print: Sunday, March 25, 2012




Funeral home director Tom Dobies and his fiancee, Pam Montana, with, from left, Rosie, Amber and Lucy, sit together as a family in their back yard in New Port Richey.
Funeral home director Tom Dobies and his fiancee, Pam Montana,  with, from left, Rosie, Amber and Lucy, sit together as a family in their back yard in New Port Richey.
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Rain pounded the roof of the carport where the scrawny black dog sought shelter. She looked up, soaked and sad-eyed, toward the employees at Tom Dobies’ funeral home in Holiday.

“Looks like we got a new mascot,” one of them said to Dobies.

“Like hell we do,” he snapped.

Dobies had a dog when he was a boy many years earlier. It got hit by a car and died. Whether it was the pain of that loss or just that he got too busy building a thriving business, he never got another dog. He never wanted one.

And then he met this mutt, a Labrador mix with no tags, but with a gentleness that made her welcome. Okay, he said, maybe she can stick around until we can figure what to do with her.

A veterinarian checked her out. She was about eight years old and in pretty good shape. Somebody had cared for her, crafted a pleasant personality.

Dobies took her home. He named her Lucy.