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November 27, 2014 6 comments

Two Shelties are better than one, but three Shelties are better than none.The Casa del Mel crew (Daisy, Jasper, Cupcake, Maggie and I) wants to thank you to all of you for being a part of the No Dog About It community. We love that you share your stories and your experiences with your dogs with all of us.

Knowing that many of you are not worrying about a lost dog, because yours came running back to you when you sat down or opened a car door, is  something I am truly grateful for.

Happy girl #DaisyHearing how Maggie’s story has helped many of you and your puppy mill dog is inspiring. I am grateful I can share your joy at the small steps forward. Each one is truly a celebration.

Knowing that many of you have found comfort here when you were faced with the pain of saying goodbye to a beloved pet is something I never expected, but I am so truly grateful for. It can be such a sad and lonely moment and it helps to have others who have been there before. I am beyond grateful to coniatthebeach, who has offered some of the kindest and most supporting words to those facing this difficult decision. Coni, I could never say what you do with such support and empathy. Thank you.

Wishing all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with friends, family, joy, laughter and your beloved pets. God bless all of you.

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Wordless Wednesday #215 – Daisy from above

November 25, 2014 6 comments

Adopting Maggie – You need to understand what is involved

November 24, 2014 23 comments

Freshly groomed.This week I learned that someone was interested in adopting Maggie. My first reaction was not what one might think. I was uncomfortable with the idea.

I know some of you will think this means that I have fallen in love with Maggie and just can’t bear to part with her, but that would be incorrect. Yes, I love her, but I have three dogs of my own and the reality is four is more than I can, or want, to handle on a permanent basis. So, I while I will be sad when she is adopted, I am okay with her finding a new home – as long as it is the “right” home.

The real reason my reaction was less than enthusiastic is because 1) I do not think Maggie is ready for a new home yet, and 2) because when it comes to puppy mill dogs like Maggie, I struggle with trusting that the potential adopter(s) truly understands what they are getting themselves into.

I have met people who think they are absolutely the right home for a puppy mill dog only to realize that they didn’t really get it. They had fallen in love with a face, a story, but not with the reality of what life is truly like with a mill dog. They didn’t understand that most puppy mill dogs don’t like to be touched (at least not at first) or that some may never be able to leave a yard to go for a walk. They didn’t get that calling the dog’s name and holding out a treat would not result in the dog running to them with a wagging tail. They didn’t quite get the potential “flight risk” of a mill dog. They thought love could fix all the dog’s fears when the reality is that love has little to do with helping a puppy mill dog. It’s good to have it, but more is required.

That is not to say that there aren’t people out there who DO get it. There are. I have met them as well. They are awesome and amazing people too, and I hope one of them finds Maggie and adopts her.

But, I also know of other dogs who came from Maggie’s puppy mill and who are now lost because someone did not understand the flight risk. I know of one that was sold on Craigslist because the adopter could not handle the dog they adopted (fortunately she ended up in the absolutely perfect home). And I know of another dog who now faces being returned, or euthanized, because the adopter was not told what she could expect adopting a puppy mill dog and she does not want to see her suffer.

Maggie on Saturday, October 11, 2014Puppy mill dogs are special and they deserve a home and an adopter who gets it. I know from experience that adopting a mill dog can be one of the most rewarding experiences of one’s life, but I also know the time, patience, work and commitment are needed to help them thrive.  Not everyone is cut out to for that kind of work, and that is okay, but I want Maggie’s adopters to understand the commitment involved and have the knowledge and support needed to ensure that they, and their dog, are successful.

Maggie (and I) are lucky Minnesota Sheltie Rescue (MNSR) gets it. I know they will make sure that Maggie lands in a home with an adopter who gets it too. They will make sure it is someone who understands the special needs of a puppy mill dog. They will also make sure the adopter is educated on flight risk and how to keep them safe. They will offer support and guidance, as needed, and will ensure that the adopter knows of the resources available to them (like Shy Sheltie Classes) and their dog. Maggie has what she needs to back her, and her adopter, up when the time comes and she is ready for her new home.

Not all puppy mill dogs have that chance. Not all rescues and shelters provide adopters of puppy mill dogs with the support and information they need to be able to help their dogs. I hope this will change with time. Debbie Jacobs, of FearfulDogs.com, just wrote about this in her blog post, “Should this dog be up for adoption?”

PeaceOn Monday, I will be attending a Speaker’s Forum hosted by Animal Folks. The speaker is one of the premier experts on puppy mill dogs and the mental and emotional impacts puppy mills have on them. The speaker, Dr. Frank McMillan, is board-certified specialist in veterinary internal medicine and the director of well-being studies at Best Friends Animal Society (Utah). I am really excited to hear him speak, but I am also excited that both rescue groups and veterinarians will have a chance to learn more about the trauma these dogs suffer and how we can help them when they come into our care. It is my greatest hope that in the future puppy mill dogs will go into homes that are ready for them, and that they too, are ready for their new home. 

I plan to share more about Dr. McMillan’s speech on my blog at a future date, and hopefully, some additional info on how we can all help puppy mill dogs.

In the meantime, here is the latest Maggie video. I share it with you to show you where Maggie is at when it comes to doorways. While Maggie has made great progress, she is still a very scared dog. She had been going through the door on her own all summer long, but then the snow came and she got spooked. Since then she has had a hard time with it again.

I have been using the long line to catch her. Without it I would not have a chance . I have been outside as long as 40 minutes, just trying to herd her inside.  With the long line, she is less fearful and follows me inside easily. I reward her with treats immediately so that she knows going inside means good things. I am hoping that we can work more on doorways so she feels safe enough to go through them again. Cross your fingers!

Black and White Sunday # – Stalking Nadya

November 23, 2014 13 comments

The hunter. #Nadya #Borzoi #dogpark

My thanks to our hosts for this blog hop Dachshund Nola and Sugar The Golden Retriever.

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Favorite Video Friday – You cannot keep a Golden Retriever from food

November 21, 2014 7 comments

I shared this week’s video on my Facebook page about a month or two ago. At that time, it had not been uploaded to YouTube, so I could not share it here (believe me! I tried!).

It doesn’t matter how many times I watch it, I still laugh myself silly. I guarantee you will too. And if you have a Lab or a Golden Retriever or a Beagle, I suspect you will laugh even harder. I doubt my Lab, Daisy, could run the gauntlet and not stop at every station.

Watch and laugh. :)

Happy Friday everyone!

Wordless Wednesday #214 – Snow Dog

November 19, 2014 8 comments

Flickr”>Winter is here and someone is very happy about that. 😊 #winter #dogpark #Sheltie

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Black and White Sunday #104 – A Frosted Cupcake

November 15, 2014 16 comments

A Cupcake with sprinkles of snow .

My thanks to our hosts for this blog hop Dachshund Nola and Sugar The Golden Retriever.

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