Lucy's separation anxiety got so bad, the vet recommended antidepressants. But Lucy was already on thyroid medication, and Getz was reluctant to put her on anything else.
So Getz tried finding another solution - she set up FaceTime sessions between Lucy and her husband on her iPhone when he was away; she laid out her husband's clothes on the floor. But nothing worked.
"It was a major stress," Getz said. "I would feel really guilty if he was gone, and I had to leave her for a while."
Getz and her husband had another issue - even though their two kids, ages 3 and 6, loved Lucy and the family's older cat Bailey, they were begging Getz and her husband for another pet.
Getz and her husband caved, but they didn't get another dog - they got a kitten named Pete.