My dog Gus is a puppy mill survivor. He was a stud in a puppy mill for the first five years of his life. Gus doesn’t know how to be a real dog. He doesn’t play with toys or people for the most part. This is how he spends most of the day.
He has made great strides but he will never be a “normal” dog. He now goes in and out the door, reluctantly at times, but he does do it most of the time. Once in a while I have to pick him up and carry him in or out. At bed time he likes to get on the bed and play with Trixie, but rarely during the day. He’ll also bite me (playfully) when he’s in that mood. He’s due for a haircut and bath one day this week.
Trixie, on the other hand, is a Daddy’s Girl for sure. Wherever I go she follows. Here she’s sitting in the chair next to mine. When I went into the other room to photograph Gus she followed right along. She’s very playful. She loves playing with toys and people. She loves attention. She’s due for a haircut and bath soon too.
Both are shelter dogs. I’d also urge you to get a dog from a shelter rather than a pet store. You won’t be disappointed.