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HRI Foster for us

Hi all,
We recently got a foster rescue from a puppy mill. She was a breeder and kept in a cage and unsocialized for 2.5 years.
I've never done this before so it will be challenging, but I'm getting tons of support from HRI and some local Dog "rehab" experts.

Tinsel/Annie (like in little orphan) is sweet, gentle, skittish and extremely shut down. She's untouchable right now.
She was placed here because I'm home, have other dogs, it's usually quiet here, and it's very hard to escape from this Maximum Security set-up we have.LOL

Seriously, since we've all read of dogs getting out and running off, the one fear I've had is that she could escape. she's never without her harness and 6 foot lead attached. (It's the only way I can get near her.)

We've seen teeny bits of progress each day and it is just amazing.
I am hoping to be able to help her to become a functional dog who can enjoy her life.

I think she will make a great pet for the right family. She's smart.
And believe it,or not, we think she's going to be very striking and beautiful when her coat comes in.

I haven't been able to post a picture, but maybe Laurie will do so later.
Laurie has been so helpful, sharing her experiences with Maddie.

If Laurie does post the picture, you'll see the pretty blanket provided by HRI.

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OH Nan, how wonderful of you! It will definitely be a challenge. Mill breeding dogs dont' know a thing about kind humans, loving touches, grooming, walks and so many other things that many other dogs simply take for granted. As sad as her history is, she will learn to live one day at a time and know that she is surrounded by those who love her and are doing the best in making her a wonderful pet.

Kay's thread is a great one that shows the slow, painful but rewarding process:

I can't wait to see pictures of your new girl.

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How great of you to take on a dog that so desperately needs a second chance. I look forward to reading about your progress (and can't wait for pictures!)

All the best!

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Aw, my heart breaks for her. I so want her to find out the world is not a cold and cruel place and that she can count on her humans to love and care for her for the rest of her days. Sending loving, soothing vibes in her direction. I need pictures.

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I can't wait to see her and hear more of your progress. You are a true angel. It takes alot of patience to work with a mill dog like this. Good for you!
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Here are some pictures of beautiful Tinsel - Annie - she is just adorable.
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Awwww she is striking. Thanks for being her rescue angel

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Oh she is so beautiful! Congrats to you, and I know you'll all do wonderfully together!

My Tango was a breeding dog from a nasty backyard puppy mill. Took me quite a while to completely bring her out of her shell, and things seemed to progress in stages. We would see nothing at all, then TONS of progress, then she would seem to regress a bit, then stabilize, then leap forward again.

With so many resources available to you, I'm sure she will be a happy, carefree hav in no time!

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I don't understand how dogs can be treated this way. It is truly heartbreaking.

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Her color is lovely, but such sad eyes. She looks like she will grow out and look like Kubrick!
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