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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-27-2010, 01:11 PM Thread Starter
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Our foster rescue puppy mill dog

Thought you'd like to see this picture of Tinsel/Annie.
It was taken after she was with us for nine weeks. I love how her tail is finally "up" and you can see her cute little underbite.

Annie was a puppy mill breeder and came to us from a Lancaster,PA mill, via another rescue group, when she was over 2 years old.

She's made a lot of progress. She doesn't accept petting yet, but is gradually learning to trust us.
She seeks us out to "be" with us, although she'll still run from us some of the time, if we get too close.
I have learned so much about the rehabilitation of former mill dogs. It is a challenging undertaking, much like parenting a child with special needs.
I had to really educate myself as to how to proceed and also seek resources for help.( HRI members gave lots of support and info.)

It's nothing like working with a "regular" dog or a puppy. I spend as much time with her as I would with a new puppy! Without wagging tail or kisses for a reward LOL! But it has been very rewarding, seeing her become more relaxed and knowing that she has a good future, full of love.

She now walks nicely on the leash, is mostly housebroken, plays a bit with our Cali,and even wags her tail when my daughter Andrea comes to "play" with her.
She has begun to play with toys for a few seconds.

I have nothing but praise and admiration for all of you forum members who have adopted a puppy mill survivor

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How wonderful!!!!! She looks so different. She has her whole life ahead. I am so happy for you both and glad to here shes started playing (sort of) with one of your dogs its a really good sign.

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Yay! She's beautiful! Just be patient. Extremely patient. She's already making great progress, and soon you'll see love like you've never seen before.
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Congratulations on the progress!!
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Just remember each step no matter how small is a huge break through. She is learning how to trust and respond to you and that is what she needs. Lots of TLC and kindness-this is the start of the rest of her life and Thank Goodness she has you to be her angel.

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I have a big smile on my face as I read this. What a joy it must be to know you've given her a chance to see the world as a loving, rather than cruel place. God bless you both on this journey.

<b>Just Milo and me, and . . . </b>Bailey makes three . . . until Ruby said, "hey, what about me?"
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She's beautiful. Thank you for all you are doing for her.

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She is a beautiful girl just waiting for a beautiful personality to emerge.

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She is so cute! How hard is it not to hold her?

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