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Our Next Donation is..... (Cry alert Tracie!)

From: Cheri C.
Sent on: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 12:35 PM

Happy Hump Day!

*****Before getting too far, I will warn the criers in the group (you know who you are!) in case you're at work and don't want to ruin your make-up or look less "macho."   Some of the pictures and stories are sad, but there is a happy ending.  

******Also, some of the pix are hard to look at if you're a little squeamish. I didn't choose any extremely "graphic" photos, but some are still hard to look at.


I told you all that we had been saving up some money here and there over the winter months and would be making several donations to help needy rescue dogs this spring/summer.  The first donation went to Wag N Train Terrier Rescue since they have done so much to save our beloved wieners at puppy mill auctions, plucking them from the hands of greedy puppy millers, or saving them from an even worse fate than life in the mill....

Our next donation is going to a rescue that fights the fight to end all puppy mills on a daily basis.  Hearts United for Animals (HUA) is a non-profit, no kill, animal shelter and sanctuary that houses over 400 dogs at any given time.  They focus on each dog's needs and work to make each dog as comfortable and happy as possible.  They know and love EACH of the dogs--all 400 of them.  And what always amazes me, if you walk up to Carol (the founder) at the front desk and ask about a dog, she will tell you where it came from, how it got there, which building it's housed in and all of it's many wonderful traits.  She loves each and every dog that comes into her "home."

HUA works hard to educate the public about puppy mills. They have educational materials for children and adults.  They rally the troops to contact politicians to get better laws passed, and to picket pet stores that sell puppy mill puppies.  And they tend to the poor souls that have had to endure a life of misery in the mills.

HUA coordinates many mill rescues, and just a few days ago they drove up to South Dakota to save 69 innocent little pups that have never known freedom.  Most have never touched grass, never been held kindly, never had medical care, never had enough food, water, shelter, heat, sunlight, love....the list goes on.....

I'll let the pictures from the "Heartland Survivors" rescue do the talking.  Sadly, this is the reality of where pet stores get their puppies. (Millers will also advertise on Craig's List and the in the newspaper.)  These are the mamas and daddies that you don't get to see when you look at that "doggie in the window."

Tongues hanging out is a sign of missing teeth.  None of the dogs have had any dental care, and will probably all lose most of their teeth during their first dental cleaning, due to rot, decay and infection.  Look how tiny the girl on the right is....I can't imagine her having babies!

Sweet babies look so scared.  They're not sure how to react to these kind touches....they either go limp or stiff, not knowing what might happen to them.

I think the look on the volunteer's face says it all....everything she's seen all day, summed up in one expression of sadness.  Look at the nails on these poor babies!  It would make it painful for them to walk, but since they never left their cages....

This little mama is a blue dachshund.  Blue dachshunds are fairly rare, and carry a gene for hair loss.  They are gorgeous little puppies, but generally begin losing their coat by their first birthday.  Most will end up completely bald.  This mama was bred over and over to get those beautiful puppies that sold for extra money to unsuspecting, uneducated buyers. You can see from the front that her face is almost completely bald.  She once had a beautiful long shiny coat....

This poor baby is supposed to be white with brown ears--even her feet should be white.  She is completely urine stained!  She has a large mammary tumor (common in mill mamas) that is red, infected and painful.  The millers kept breeding her despite the tumor.  She will need surgery and prayers that it is not cancerous.

The miller handed them the first dog here saying she has 3 1/2 legs.  "But she gets around just fine!"  Well, she never left her cage!  He claimed it was a birth defect, but after inspecting the leg, it looks more like it was lost after being caught in the wire of the bottom of a cage.  Something somewhat common in mill dogs.  The poor little baby on the right has a hernia and severe bruising all along her abdomen from a butchered c-section.  The puppy millers told rescuers that she was "cut from stem to stern" for her c-section.  That little frosty face tells us she should have been retired, not still being forced to have babies year after year!

Remember my email last month about Cushings disease?  Well, here is an example of what happens when it's allowed to ravage a dog without proper treatment.  Just absolutely heartbreaking!  This poor sweet baby used to be a beautiful chocolate dapple.  She had a gorgeous coat, somewhat unique, that many people would pay extra money for.  But, when she started losing that coat, it didn't matter to the millers.  No one had to see mama.  They just saw the beautiful babies that she produced.  She shows the symptoms of hair loss, and the bloated belly. Cushings has probably affected her internal organs, but HUA will get her the best medical treatment possible and she will be loved and pampered for the remainder of her life.

One thing to remember, the disease has not only had horrible effects on mama.  Cushings is considered hereditary/genetic. So mama has most likely passed the gene on to her babies that have been sold in pet stores to unsuspecting and uneducated buyers.

Here's a video of the "Heartland Survivors" rescue:


A New Life.....

Now, let's focus on the positive....HUA has rescued these 69 dogs and the puppy mill has closed!  These babies are now free of the cycle of greed and on their way to a happy healthy life!

First they get their grooming done.  (That was clean water when the dog went in...)  The full spa treatment of a bath, haircut, nails, glands, etc.

Then they visit the vet and get all of their medical needs met.  From ear and eye infections, to hernias and mammary tumors.  Shots, spay and neuters, dentals, the works!  Then they feel like brand new dogs with a new lease on life!

Unfortunately, this process costs a great deal.  HUA estimates it will run at least $15,000 to vet these sweet babies. Hopefully our Dachshunds Anonymous donation will help out some of these gentle little souls on their road to recovery!

If you would like to donate, here's the link:

Please put "Heartland Survivors" in the comments section.

HUA needs support from all of us.  Feel free to share this email with friends and family, donate (if not money, they always need things like paper towels, blankets, treats, etc), volunteer your time, and the most important, educate others about puppy mills!

The only way we can stop puppy mills is if there is no more demand for the puppies they produce.

Find out more about HUA and how you can help at: or go to their fb page.


Daisy wants to thank everyone in advance!  As many of you know, HUA rescued my Daisy from a puppy mill. And as you can tell, I have nothing but good things to say about them. :)  HUA happens to have a weakness for wiener dogs, and I often look at their site to see all the sweet doxies....

One day I saw this picture and immediately fell in love.  I thought, if that little doxie can smile and be happy after spending 5 years of her life in a puppy mill, I need that little ray of sunshine in my life!

I thank HUA frequently for not only saving my little "princess," but for choosing ME to be her Mommy.  :)

Daisy might not always agree, like when I put her in a pretty dress, but.....I think she still loves me....  

Have a great day!

~Cheri and Daisy

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