Lucy is a super social dog and loves every single person she meets. She especially loves everyone in her family, although for her and her brother, it took them a little while to find their rhythm together.
“My son is 5 years old and is nonverbal,” Miranda Peterson, Lucy’s mom, told The Dodo. “He has autism spectrum disorder and was officially diagnosed a few months after we got Lucy. He did NOT like her for the first year of her life. I think it was too much of a change for him, and he didn’t like her being in his personal space.”
Lucy could sense that her brother needed a little more time to warm up to her, and she became really great about giving him his space. Eventually, though, they found an activity that helped them bond.
“A few months ago, my husband started to take our son on a daily walk after he finished his workday,” Peterson said. “My son LOVES being outdoors so he thoroughly enjoyed it. My husband brought Lucy along as well, and then it just became an everyday thing. No matter the weather, the three of them go on a walk. The daily outing helped my son bond with Lucy, so now he loves playing fetch with her, pouring her food in her bowl every day and occasionally he’ll go and pet her.”
Now, Lucy loves being outside with her brother every chance she gets, and at some point that started to include waiting for the bus to come every day. It was just another opportunity for Lucy to bond with her brother, and that’s how she ended up meeting the bus driver.
“One day she ran inside the bus to follow her brother, and that’s when she officially met the bus driver,” Peterson said. “Then every day he would come down a few steps from the bus for Lucy to go greet him.”
The bus driver had told Peterson that he was a big fan of pit bulls, so he was just as excited to meet Lucy as she was to meet him. Soon, saying hi to the bus driver became a part of Lucy’s routine. She goes outside with her brother in the morning, sees him off to school and says hi to the bus driver. Then, she waits all day for the bus to come back, runs outside and greets her brother and says hi to her favorite bus driver again. It’s her absolute favorite part of her day, and she never misses it for anything.
As Lucy excitedly greets her friend, the bus driver, each and every day, it’s almost as if she’s thanking him for taking such good care of her brother. Lucy seems to sense that her brother is a little different in a beautiful way, and so anyone who watches over him the way she does definitely deserves all of her love and affection.
Of course, waiting all day for her brother and the bus driver to come back can be a little tedious, but Lucy doesn’t mind. At this point, she knows when the bus is getting close to the house, and gets so excited every single time.
“She is like a little alarm clock and lets me know when the bus is outside,” Peterson said. “She immediately starts whining and waits by the door. I always ask her to wait (because manners) until the bus driver helps my son get off, and as soon as I say, ‘OK,’ she runs to him for a quick pet then runs back to me as if she’s telling me, ‘Mom! He’s here! It’s really him!’ Then she goes back for longer pets.”
The people in Lucy’s life are all so important to her. She loves having her little routines with all of them, even (and especially) her brother’s bus driver.