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What a former puppy mill dog does when she is finally free


Runs through the woods

Runs through the woods.

Sniffs to her heart's desire

Sniffs to her hearts desire.

Makes new friends

Makes new friends

Plays in the snow

Plays in the snow

Goes swimming for the first time

Goes swimming for the first time

Sleeps without fear

Sleeps without fear

As defined by the Humane Society of the United States, “Puppy mills are breeding facilities that produce purebred puppies in large numbers. The puppies are sold either directly to the public via the Internet, newspaper ads, at the mill itself, or are sold to brokers and pet shops across the country.

The documented problems of puppy mills include over breeding, inbreeding, minimal veterinary care, poor quality of food and shelter, lack of socialization with humans, overcrowded cages, and the killing of unwanted animals. To the unwitting consumer, this situation frequently means buying a puppy facing an array of immediate veterinary problems or harboring genetically borne diseases that do not appear until years later.

Sadly, some dogs are forced to live in puppy mills their entire lives. They are kept there for one reason only: to produce more puppies. Repeatedly bred, many of these “brood bitches” are killed once their reproductive capacity wanes. Thousands of these breeding operations currently exist in the United States.”

Don’t Shop, Adopt.

Spread the word about puppy mills to all you meet.

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  1. March 4, 2013 at 7:17 AM

    This made me cry. Not with tears of sadness but tears of joy. I am so much against puppy mills and its hard for me to say there are responsible breeders but so many claim to be that are not. Thank you for adopting! You have a special place in my heart.
    Wags and wuv

  2. March 4, 2013 at 7:38 AM

    Love this post, love seeing Daisy enjoy herself. As you may remember, our Maggie, like Daisy, was from a puppy mill farm where she was a breeder mom. She was surrendered at age 8, so who knows how many litters she had. We love watching her slowly come out of her shell and enjoy just being a dog. It’s been @8 months now and we still have a long way to go to get her over her fears, but each step forward with her is a real milestone. We just started a series on her today on our Slimdoggy blog – take a read if you can.

  3. March 4, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    That swimming photo is great! So is the playing in the snow one!
    What a great illustration of turning a dog’s life around.
    As they say about rescue and adoption: you may not change the world, but you’ll change the world of that one dog.

  4. March 4, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    Brilliant pix. I was a rescue puppy from a puppy mill. I was sold in a bar to some awful people and then was rescued. Have a marvelous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

  5. March 4, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    This hits home. Six new “breeders” rescued this week…five sick puppies; one we will likely lose. So inhumane…and so easily stopped if people can be educated enough to just stop purchasing and rescue. Thanks for spreading the word.

  6. March 4, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    It is heart-warming to see her look so happy after her time being a puppy-mill dog

  7. March 4, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    A beautiful reminder. And one that should be featured alongside every terrible picture of conditions at puppy mills.

  8. March 4, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Beautiful photos and even more beautiful story! Thanks for getting my week off to a great start.

  9. March 4, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Hooray for her happy ending! So glad you found each other. Now if all puppy mill dogs could have such a happy ever after….

  10. March 4, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Such happy pictures! Daisy is an excellent poster-girl for animal welfare organizations. This is what donor money goes towards: helping dogs like her gain confidence and live happy, doggy lives. She is a beautiful success story. Hopefully with time every story will have a happy ending like hers.

  11. March 4, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Great pictures! She is one lucky dog, and so are you!

  12. To Shea
    March 4, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Wonderful Post Mel… 🙂

  13. March 4, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    Very nicely pawed! Great post!

  14. March 4, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Love love love your photos – and such a great story 😉

  15. March 4, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    You gave a senior former puppy mill dog a wonderful life with the joy of love, and the freedom to play. You are one of the angels put there.

  16. March 5, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    Daisy’s story always puts an ache in my heart (for what she lived through) and sings of joy when I see her be able to be a dog. 🙂

  17. March 5, 2013 at 3:35 AM

    Beautiful photos. Even more beautiful story.

  18. Rose
    March 5, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Yet there are breeders (responsible) who test their dogs extensively before breeding….breed only a couple of times, and let their dogs sleep in the bed with them….show breeder do this all the time. Before you lump all breeders as irresponsible, horrible people, beware that if the responsible breeders go, there will not be any dogs to adopt..purebred or not! 1 generation and they are gone.

    • Mel
      March 5, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      Rena
      If you had read any of my other posts then you would know I FULLY support responsible breeders, like the ones you described. I cared for a breeder’s dogs as a pet Sitter and she was a very responsible breeder and has my utmost respect. She also showed her Aussies.

  19. julesmelfi
    March 7, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    There is nothing better than a happy ending and a beautiful sweet pup! Thanks for all you do 🙂

    • Mel
      March 7, 2013 at 10:41 PM

      Thanks Julie. Thanks for all you do too. We all do our part and our passion don’t we?

  20. March 9, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    This is so lovely to see. Heartbreaking too, in a way; I wish all dogs could run free like this. Thanks for the beautiful photographs.

  21. March 13, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    This is a lovely post with some beautiful pictures.

    I do have to comment that I find the wording of the definition as “purebred puppies” a little ironic. Does the humane society not also consider a someone breeding cross-breeds a puppy mill? I hope that they do as they may also not care about the health and temperament of their dogs and breed what may be considered fashionable because they can charge a lot of money for the puppies. It’s just awful how terrible people can be to an animal that can be so loyal and loving.

    • Mel
      March 13, 2013 at 10:29 PM

      Really great point. I wonder if they are referring to how many people think of designer dogs if they are unaware of puppy mills? Agree with you completely. Thank you for adding your thoughts to the discussion.

  22. Kate
    April 14, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    You forgot the most important one ….”To be LOVED”

    • Mel
      April 14, 2013 at 6:24 PM

      Oh yes! Most definitely I did. To be loved has got to be number one. Thank you for adding that one!

  23. rugbymom75
    April 14, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    Pennsylvania is the puppy mill capital of the east coast thanks to the Amish. It is high time to send them a message and start boycotting Lancaster, PA and their farmer’s markets. They treat their animals like crops and send their horses to the slaughterhouse when they can no longer work. Dead puppies and dogs are used to fertilize the crops you buy from them!

  24. April 14, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    This makes me cry!!! I am so happy for them. This is what they should be doing, not caged in a cage. Thank you all for giving them the love and happiness they so deserve. God Bless all of hem and these dogs that are or have been in puppy mills have my prayers daily. ❤

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