PUPPY MILL AWARENESS
There are over 10,000 puppy mills throughout America right now, holding almost 170,000 dogs that are primarily used for the purpose of breeding. These dogs are kept in horrendous conditions with very little care for their health or well-being. Owners of puppy mills only have their eye out for a profit as opposed to caring for these innocent animals. As a part of Puppy Mill Awareness Day, I am going to share the inspiring story of a young dog that was rescued from one of these terrible places.
About a year ago, Nathan’s mom, Grandma Laura, decided it was time for her to adopt a dog of her own. You have to understand something about our grandmother, she is and always has been a caretaker. I mean, she is in her element when she is taking care of somebody. All her life she had wanted to take care of the people in her life, from her four children to her six grandchildren to the patients she used to take care of in her role as a nurse aide.
So, as you can imagine when it came to finding a new fur baby she gravitated toward the underdog. (excuse my gratuitous pun) of course, we knew she would never think of buying a pet, not when thousands of dogs who need a loving forever home. Grandma Laura spent hours searching the internet for that special baby who needed to find a caring family.
GRANDMA’S PRINCESS PUPPY
Grandma Laura frequents multiple rescue group sites. If she was going to find a fur baby in need of love it would definitely be here. That is exactly what happened. She saw a story of a little Maltese female pup who had been violently abused by her puppy mill owner. This little pup had been confined to a small cage and bred multiple times. She made the mistake of nipping at her owner who was trying to take away her new liter of pups. Consequently, he punished her by crushing her jaw. She needed surgery to reconstruct her jaw. Unfortunately, three rods had to be placed and multiple teeth reinserted.
To say the least, this little lady had lived a tough life. However, that was about to change. We all knew this was the one that Grandma Laura needed. The little puppy dog that would complete her home. The little white timed fuzz ball came to live with our grandmother soon after she was seen on the computer. The rescue lady said her name was Fiona, and Fiona it would stay. It took some time for the little dog to adjust to her new home, but eventually she took her place as the queen of the castle. She has an adorable crooked smile and scraggly teeth, but other than that she has left her old life behind.
So, needless to say Fiona has found her forever home and Grandma Laura her little one to spoil. I hope we can shed some light on the puppy mill industry and the amount of rescue dogs who need a loving family. If you are on a quest for a fur baby of your own, check out AllPaws. They are a rescue group with over 200,000 sweet pups in need of adoption.