|Barked: Sun May 23, '10 10:25am PST |
|I have 2 puppy mill rescues.
Jack-Jack I adopted 3.5 years ago. He went from the mill to a kill shelter to Pom rescue to me in the span of a week. The poor dog was TERRIFIED. He spent 6 months sitting on a couch staring at us before even trying to interact. However, he attached to me instantly. He followed me around from day 1. Jack-Jack has every imaginable PM related health issue. He's blind from PRA (most likely from having distemper as a puppy), had both patellas fixed, a heart murmur, an idiopathic neuropathy in his right front leg, IBD... I could keep going. His medical expenses are probably around $20,000 to date. Jack-Jack has severe SA from me. Admittedly, we've bonded so closely that I have SA from him, too! He also has pretty terrible storm anxiety. The really wonderful thing about Jack-Jack is he has NO temperament issues. He doesn't really care about other dogs (other than a greeting sniff), walks well on leash- he's the opposite of dog reactive Parker!
Bebe Belle is also from a puppy mill. I adopted her almost 2 years ago, when she was approximately 2 years old. She had SEVERE, horrible issues related to being from the puppy mill. She was afraid of thresh holds, doorways, shiny floors, large spaces, small spaces, she would invent thresh holds that she "couldn't cross" (in her mind). She was a housebreaking NIGHTMARE. Bebe would poop and pee and lay in it if I wasn't watching. She would also poop, pee, lay in it and eat if I wasn't watching. Unlike Jack-Jack, it took a very long time for us to bond. When I brought her home she wanted absolutely nothing to do with me. I would try to cuddle her and make her sit with me and she would stiffen and look away. Finally, thanks to the amazing help of Mokie, I started ignoring her and she started to come around. It took a very, very long time. Almost a year, I'd say. Luckily, other than her recent bilateral luxating patella surgery (and some possible hip issues), she has been healthy. Since her surgery she's really started to come out of her shell. It's been almost 2 years and she's turning into a funny, sassy, tomboy princess.
I love both of my PM rescues to death. As long as there are puppy mills, I will have a puppy mill rescue.
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