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