July 18, 2012
I have adopted a Puppy Mill Dog
I have a Black Lab Male from a private breeder/friend (2 1/2 yrs old) and the Golden - We named her Sarah Ferguson but call her Fergie - I was told she was 4 but my vet and I believe her to be at least 6 yrs old. So far I am just having her adjust to life with a family and she is making small steps of progress. She has established to "safe spots" in the house and kind of runs between them. She tries to be where I am and is beginning to trust but has only been about 5 weeks so we have a long way to go.
Puppy Mill - Pennsylvania Amish
The Golden in the back is Fergie - she was in an Amish puppy mill breeding until she was 6. I adopted her 3 years ago. She had many issues and fears but has come a long way. She has learned to give and receive love and helps with our fosters.
They are valuable because these dogs have special needs - and very individual needs based on their experiences - what works on a "normal" dog may not work on them and may in fact - set them back.