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Old 03-19-2015, 09:19 AM
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Three and a half weeks ago we adopted a one year old, 6 pound schnoodle that was rescued from a puppy mill. She has come such a long way in a short time! She was sooooooo scared the first three days, we couldn't pet her or pick her up. Now, she is the sweetest most loving little soul I have ever known. She is starting to learn how to play. She loves to go for walks and has been very good about meeting other fur babies. She is still VERY fearful around strangers and will not allow them to pet her. This is problematic as everyone thinks she is so cute and wants to pet her.

I would love to hear from anyone else who has rescued a puppy mill dog.
Also, if anyone knows of a mobile groomer who has had experience dealing with really frightened dogs, please PM me.
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About 7 years ago I rescued my littlr Gracie Girl (no kidding) She is the sweetest, most loving wonderful dog in the world. I just worry because she is 77 yrs old.
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Thank you, Rubrocks. SallyBow she HAS to be the sweetest and most loving with the name Gracie Girl! (Gracie is one of my favorite people on the planet!) Jukerocks, your right, we cant always make things like they never happened but what a gift you have given her of unconditional love and sometimes us humans need to be loved the same way warts and all.
I started the thread looking for support but dont want to discourage anyone who might be thinking of adopting. The dogs from Poodles and Pooch Rescue come from all types of scenarios they are not all puppy mill dogs. A lot of the pups are very sociable from the start. They will work with anyone considering adoption to make sure the furbaby is the right fit for your home.
BonniVie thank you for sharing about Twister, sounds like you have a lot of wonderful memories. We have only had this little one four weeks today but I cant imagine being without her.
Licismom, didnt know you were on TOTV cant thank you enough for all your wisdom, support and gentle nudging. We miss you both and are looking forward to visiting with the Hooligans!
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LyndaS, I too have rescue dogs. One of mine was a breeder in a puppy mill. When I got him he had been discovered as one of 22 puppy mill Borzoi that were in a swamp in Texas, tied to posts in 2 feet in standing water without shelter and he was hairless (long haired now), and weighed about half of his current weight. He was almost feral and when I got him shipped to me in Pennsylvania and he was such a freakazoid that even my other 5 large dogs were afraid of him. If I took him in the car he dripped a faucet from his nose. On a lead he went straight up in the air and I fell on my face many times until we got it right. He would dash to the corner where the water bowl was then dash to the corner to a dog bed. He wouldn't connect with any of us- dog or human. This went on for months while I sat on his bed with my back to him, gently and softly talking to him as he either shook or ignored me. I continued to walk him daily which really helped our bond I believe. Finally one day his long skinny leg pulled me back as I went to get up from his bed. Another day he got up and goosed me as I did the dishes. Eventually became a Hospice Therapy Dog and today, at the remarkable age of over 13 years, he is totally at ease with every dog and human he meets. He is the only swamp dog from that rescued group of 22 still alive and the only one to have healed so well. I am eternally grateful for our bond and for how spectacular a dog he is and for all the love he has shown me. Make no mistake- it IS worth the work and the journey.
(First pict is now, 2nd pict is him standing about 4 months after I got him)
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LyndaS, I too have rescue dogs. One of mine was a breeder in a puppy mill. When I got him he had been discovered as one of 22 puppy mill Borzoi that were in a swamp in Texas, tied to posts in 2 feet in standing water without shelter and he was hairless (long haired now), and weighed about half of his current weight. He was almost feral and when I got him shipped to me in Pennsylvania and he was such a freakazoid that even my other 5 large dogs were afraid of him. If I took him in the car he dripped a faucet from his nose. On a lead he went straight up in the air and I fell on my face many times until we got it right. He would dash to the corner where the water bowl was then dash to the corner to a dog bed. He wouldn't connect with any of us- dog or human. This went on for months while I sat on his bed with my back to him, gently and softly talking to him as he either shook or ignored me. I continued to walk him daily which really helped our bond I believe. Finally one day his long skinny leg pulled me back as I went to get up from his bed. Another day he got up and goosed me as I did the dishes. Eventually became a Hospice Therapy Dog and today, at the remarkable age of over 13 years, he is totally at ease with every dog and human he meets. He is the only swamp dog from that rescued group of 22 still alive and the only one to have healed so well. I am eternally grateful for our bond and for how spectacular a dog he is and for all the love he has shown me. Make no mistake- it IS worth the work and the journey.
In all seriousness I am somewhat teary and my nose is running right now. Bless you.
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God bless you all who have taken in these rescue dogs. I can't even imagine what some of them have been through. It is a real commitment to offer a home to one of these babies and so worth it in the end. Good luck to you all!
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LyndaS, I too have rescue dogs. One of mine was a breeder in a puppy mill. When I got him he had been discovered as one of 22 puppy mill Borzoi that were in a swamp in Texas, tied to posts in 2 feet in standing water without shelter and he was hairless (long haired now), and weighed about half of his current weight. He was almost feral and when I got him shipped to me in Pennsylvania and he was such a freakazoid that even my other 5 large dogs were afraid of him. If I took him in the car he dripped a faucet from his nose. On a lead he went straight up in the air and I fell on my face many times until we got it right. He would dash to the corner where the water bowl was then dash to the corner to a dog bed. He wouldn't connect with any of us- dog or human. This went on for months while I sat on his bed with my back to him, gently and softly talking to him as he either shook or ignored me. I continued to walk him daily which really helped our bond I believe. Finally one day his long skinny leg pulled me back as I went to get up from his bed. Another day he got up and goosed me as I did the dishes. Eventually became a Hospice Therapy Dog and today, at the remarkable age of over 13 years, he is totally at ease with every dog and human he meets. He is the only swamp dog from that rescued group of 22 still alive and the only one to have healed so well. I am eternally grateful for our bond and for how spectacular a dog he is and for all the love he has shown me. Make no mistake- it IS worth the work and the journey.
(First pict is now, 2nd pict is him standing about 4 months after I got him)
Dear Lovsthosebigdogs, He is sooooo beautiful!!! It is obvious that he did so well because of your patience and commitment to him. You give us hope that we can get to a similar place. Thank you so much for sharing your story!
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LyndaS, I too have rescue dogs. One of mine was a breeder in a puppy mill. When I got him he had been discovered as one of 22 puppy mill Borzoi that were in a swamp in Texas, tied to posts in 2 feet in standing water without shelter and he was hairless (long haired now), and weighed about half of his current weight. He was almost feral and when I got him shipped to me in Pennsylvania and he was such a freakazoid that even my other 5 large dogs were afraid of him. If I took him in the car he dripped a faucet from his nose. On a lead he went straight up in the air and I fell on my face many times until we got it right. He would dash to the corner where the water bowl was then dash to the corner to a dog bed. He wouldn't connect with any of us- dog or human. This went on for months while I sat on his bed with my back to him, gently and softly talking to him as he either shook or ignored me. I continued to walk him daily which really helped our bond I believe. Finally one day his long skinny leg pulled me back as I went to get up from his bed. Another day he got up and goosed me as I did the dishes. Eventually became a Hospice Therapy Dog and today, at the remarkable age of over 13 years, he is totally at ease with every dog and human he meets. He is the only swamp dog from that rescued group of 22 still alive and the only one to have healed so well. I am eternally grateful for our bond and for how spectacular a dog he is and for all the love he has shown me. Make no mistake- it IS worth the work and the journey.
(First pict is now, 2nd pict is him standing about 4 months after I got him)
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LyndaS, I too have rescue dogs. One of mine was a breeder in a puppy mill. When I got him he had been discovered as one of 22 puppy mill Borzoi that were in a swamp in Texas, tied to posts in 2 feet in standing water without shelter and he was hairless (long haired now), and weighed about half of his current weight. He was almost feral and when I got him shipped to me in Pennsylvania and he was such a freakazoid that even my other 5 large dogs were afraid of him. If I took him in the car he dripped a faucet from his nose. On a lead he went straight up in the air and I fell on my face many times until we got it right. He would dash to the corner where the water bowl was then dash to the corner to a dog bed. He wouldn't connect with any of us- dog or human. This went on for months while I sat on his bed with my back to him, gently and softly talking to him as he either shook or ignored me. I continued to walk him daily which really helped our bond I believe. Finally one day his long skinny leg pulled me back as I went to get up from his bed. Another day he got up and goosed me as I did the dishes. Eventually became a Hospice Therapy Dog and today, at the remarkable age of over 13 years, he is totally at ease with every dog and human he meets. He is the only swamp dog from that rescued group of 22 still alive and the only one to have healed so well. I am eternally grateful for our bond and for how spectacular a dog he is and for all the love he has shown me. Make no mistake- it IS worth the work and the journey.
(First pict is now, 2nd pict is him standing about 4 months after I got him)

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LyndaS, I too have rescue dogs. One of mine was a breeder in a puppy mill. When I got him he had been discovered as one of 22 puppy mill Borzoi that were in a swamp in Texas, tied to posts in 2 feet in standing water without shelter and he was hairless (long haired now), and weighed about half of his current weight. He was almost feral and when I got him shipped to me in Pennsylvania and he was such a freakazoid that even my other 5 large dogs were afraid of him. If I took him in the car he dripped a faucet from his nose. On a lead he went straight up in the air and I fell on my face many times until we got it right. He would dash to the corner where the water bowl was then dash to the corner to a dog bed. He wouldn't connect with any of us- dog or human. This went on for months while I sat on his bed with my back to him, gently and softly talking to him as he either shook or ignored me. I continued to walk him daily which really helped our bond I believe. Finally one day his long skinny leg pulled me back as I went to get up from his bed. Another day he got up and goosed me as I did the dishes. Eventually became a Hospice Therapy Dog and today, at the remarkable age of over 13 years, he is totally at ease with every dog and human he meets. He is the only swamp dog from that rescued group of 22 still alive and the only one to have healed so well. I am eternally grateful for our bond and for how spectacular a dog he is and for all the love he has shown me. Make no mistake- it IS worth the work and the journey.
(First pict is now, 2nd pict is him standing about 4 months after I got him)
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Thank you, everyone. I appreciate your kind words about my Mishka. LyndaS, if you see the future with your dog ok and all things working out that way it will happen that way for you also. Just don't take no for an answer. Good luck.
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Thank you, Roz.
I never heard that part of the story, and what a story it is!
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