In honor of Puppy Mill Awareness Day , I'm devoting the first post to some of our very own Dogsters who were from puppy mills.
I also want to take a moment to thank all those who put in their time, effort, and money to help rescue these dogs.
It's because of those rescue groups, and individuals, that people like us have a chance to adopt these wonderful dogs.
On June 7th Lisa and I adopted Logan. He is a gorgeous 4 year old Bernese Mountain dog who came from a puppy mill.
He was a dog used for stud at a puppy mill, spending over 4 years in a 24 cage where he couldn't even sit up. His only human contact came when it was time to be pulled from the cage to fulfill his role. When he stopped producing, he was discarded just as a 64 pound bag of flea and tick infested garbage would be.
After the breeder was through with him he was put up for auction. To possibly be bought by someone with no concern for his welfare, another breeder or someone to resell him because he's a purebred, and continue his life of torment.
Luckily, that was where the Bernese Mountain Dog Rescue Coalition group stepped in and changed his life forever. They bought him and sent him to a wonderful foster home, to be socialized and allow him a chance to find a forever home.
Something minor in the whole scheme of things, but something that really drove home the reality of his situation to me, was that fact he never even had a name. As Lisa and I work with Logan to get him to trust humans, I have no doubt that puppy mills are a business, in it for profit, with no concern over the welfare of the dog. That's why the word needs to be spread far and wide about these despicable actions.
I've recently been made aware of a few other Dogster dogs, all who have one thing common, their origin from puppy mills. You can visit the homepages of Kaluha, Merlin, Angel, Breeze, Fawn, and Heidi to read about their amazing stories, from tribulations to triumphs.
I know there are many other Dogsters, I'm not aware of, that also come from puppy mills. If you have a puppy mill dog please add your dog's name in the comment section to be honored.