Lucky Dogg passed from this world into that place where all good dogs go on Monday, March 6, 2017. Recognized by locals and residents alike from her many personal appearances, and her many Facebook fans as Apalachicola's most recognized and loved canine, Lucky Dogg was also a local publishing executive, model, comedian, and regular contributor to many local civic organizations.
Most recently, Lucky Dogg supervised the creation of a new set of software intended to make printed magazines attractive to folks who carry mobile devices.
As assistant stage director for several Panhandle Players productions, including “Second Time Around,” “At the Half,” “Murder at the Howard Johnson's,” and “The Housekeeper,” she set a mark for community service. She has been active most of her life with the Mickee Faust Club, in Tallahassee's Railroad Square, where she entertained the audiences before and after shows, and also helped with the ticket booth and the disposal of many pieces of pizza.
Her efforts on behalf of canines and the Franklin County Humane Society were quiet but effective, appearing as an extra in their 2006 Calendar, and often pointing out dogs that paid the ultimate sacrifice for their humans.
She was a strong advocate of one house, one dog, and the bonds that bring disparate species together. Her Facebook page ( @ALuckyDogg ) was a constant source of laughs and outpourings of affection from folks who met her, usually at the Gibson Inn, or other public gatherings. On her page, she never failed to recognize her caretaker as her Stoopid Human.
As the "inventor" of the Doggy Drive-Thru at the Gibson Inn, she entertained thousands of visitors over the years. Famous for her "Rub My Hiney" dance, where she backed up and danced on the edge of a chair or a friendly visitor's knee, she collected likes and love from hundreds of folks who regularly checked her exploits online.
Whether joining the Pam Nobles Dancers Christmastime dancers, supporting Cinco de Mayo adoption drives for the Franklin County Humane Society at Sometime's It's Hotter, attending First Fridays at the Thirsty Goat, being recognized by the Gaffney, South Carolina Peach Festival, or walking beside Santa Claus in the annual Christmas Dog Parade, Lucky never failed to win over friends and fans wherever she went.
The late Charlie Williamson, who knew something about dogs, summed it up best one evening as he climbed the steps of the Gibson Inn and petted her head, "You know, I do believe Lucky is the finest dog in Apalachicola." She will be missed.
In lieu of flowers, Lucky Dogg has requested her friends to donate to the Franklin County Humane Society, the Gulf County Humane Society, and to find room in their homes and hearts for one more undying love.