Anti-Puppy Mill PSA

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.

Gus on bed

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.

Trixie in chair2

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.


34 thoughts on “Anti-Puppy Mill PSA”

  1. That is awesome Jonco!!

    Our first dog (Charlie) we got from a friend as puppy. He is my wife’s baby boy. Our second dog (Rocco) was a rescue. He was awful at first. He was very aggressive and would bite anyone that got too close. Got me many times!! After a year of working with him (the whole family), the has become the most loving thing you could ever imagine. He has become MY boy….

    Charlie & Rocco

  2. All of my dogs and cats have been pound puppies and kittens. Right now we have two dogs and one cat of our own plus two shelter dogs and one shelter cat. Yep, it’s a managerie around here when you include the three horses, two of which are rescue animals. My wife is the kind of soul who will stop on the interstate if she spots a stray walking along the shoulder. She even rescued a chicken one time…

  3. We adopted a puppy mill dog as a one year-old. He had so many medical problems that the local vet has become a close personal friend. We spent more on him than we would have on a child. No regrets. He was a source of constant entertainment and a great companion.

  4. I have three wonderful cats, born feral and rescued with their mom, who had been abandoned. I would never have any other kind of animal. There are too many forgotten and abandoned cats and dogs and the joy of rescuing one of them is a treasure.

  5. My 10 year old Keeshound (Maggie), was a gift to my family, when on my way to work, dad witnessed her getting thrown out of the car in front of him. (Not an accident, he saw the person do it.) Needless to say, Maggie is the best dog. I think that dogs that are saved at the best. 🙂

  6. I remember when you adopted Gus & relayed his acclimation to the household…brought me back to our adoptions. We grew up having dogs yet we knew we needed more “independent” animals to care for. Went to the animal shelter that was the best! Their volunteers care deeply for these animals. One 8 month old kitten (?) really wanted to meet & play with me. Hubby said are you sure? He’s a black cat, as he saw the fur all over my WHITE sweatshirt. Oh yes. Went back 5 times and finally brought him home. He’s mr. snuggly for sure. 6 months later, we know he needed a buddy. This little doll warmed up to hubby. Darn she was already “reserved” by a family. We called at 10 minutes to 5 to see if she’d been picked up – nope! We’ll take her! We broke traffic laws to get back to the shelter! They kept the doors open for a few minutes and we were able to adopt her. Picked her up the next day — she ATE her way thru the cardboard carrier. Yes, she is our “problem child,” but we made the best decisions EVER to get our babies. They are now 10 years old and bring us joy EVERY DAY!

  7. O.K…No one else said it. SO I will. “I am also due for a Haircut and a bath.”
    any takers?

    BTW – bless you one and all-rescuers of abandoned and abused creatures.

  8. This is Lucas. Rescued straight off the road as a stray three years ago. You cannot buy at a store what I found on the highway.

    Jon, thanks for your story here. Gus and Trixie are both very lucky you were there for them. [img][/img]

  9. This is Sam, Sam, the Happy Hound. Beaten within an inch of his life, nearly starved to death, and left to die on the road, Sam found his way to my house. The Vet told me Sam would likely die. That was nearly eleven years ago.

    Sam will never be normal because of what he went through be he will always be loved.

    You cannot buy from a store what I have found in this dog’s eyes. [img][/img]

  10. And Bert, who I lost a month ago today, after twelve years. I found Bert in a shelter and knew he was my dog instantly.

    Rescuing a dog is a commitment you make with a heartbeat, not a checkbook.


  11. My girl Fancy was a pound dog. My son was about 13 when we got her, she just looked out at both of us and cried, he would not walk away from her, she had already been abused, and was only 6 months old. The guy told us they were putting her down in the morning. She’s 14 this year, my son will be 27 and he’s grown and moved out, but when he comes to visit, you can still tell who the favorite is, that is his dog! She isn’t very fond of men, except for him. I’m pretty sure that’s who abused her,some man, she was very flighty with my ex. He spent an entire afternoon sitting on the ground in the front yard letting her get used to him. She’s been a wonderfully loving dog, a great watch dog, my other dog and she play together and run the yard like fools.
    So far she’s healthy. We’ve had our battles. Heartworms one year, had to cut off a toe to cancer, other than that she’s good. But I know she’s getting up there, I see her muzzle getting grey, and her fur doesn’t have that same luster as before. I’m dreading the phone call I’ll have to make to my son.

      • Well, this one I have to disagree with you Mike.

        Rescue or not, you better have a checkbook, for the taking in of ANY pet. It’s a long time commitment and, for lack of better numbers, have 15 years and about a $1000/year for food, vet, etc. The original cost is negligible over time.

        If you have those commitments, I go with rescue/shelter pets. The more of a “mutt” the better. I’ve seen too many people get purebreds (aka puppy/kitty mill) and live to regret it. They should be outlawed, there are too many great cats/dogs that need homes without breeding more.

        You get a pet for your “id”. Not for your “ego”.

        Sorry about Bert, you gonna call the next one “Ernie”?

      • [img]all my babies[/img]
        hopefully this works I’ve never tried to add an image before, if it does work, that’s my son giving Fancy a kiss, and Trouble laughing in the background.

        • The picture has to be online somewhere and you use the URL between the “img” tags. You can send it to me and I’ll post it for you if you want to.

  12. Awww – I just have to jump in here. I wish I could *like* all of your comments!

    Both of my current pups and my pup that was killed last year (unprovoked dog attack) have all been rescues. I wouldn’t trade them for the world. They all have had their special needs, but they are so worth the work and sacrifices.

    My newest adoptee is a 9-year puppy mill survivor, just rescued in December. I adopted her last month, and absolutely love her. Not sure how to add pix or I totally would! (I don’t have my pix posted at a URL.)

  13. All three of my knuckleheads are rescues of one type or another. Mauzer came from a rescue. She was found living in a corn field in central Illinois. She is the smartest dog I’ve ever met. And brings me nothing but pure joy. She actually found the boys who had been abandoned in a state park. They were starving and showed signs of emotional and physical abuse and neglect. They didn’t know how to eat or drink out of a bowl, walk through a door way, up stairs or even know the most basic commands. They’ve made a lot of progress in the last couple of years, but there’s still a long way to go. For the first time since I’ve had him, Bobby is able to go out my front door and not have a panic attack out of pure fear. Nothing sadder than a hunting dog who won’t go outside. Victor will go outside but not venture further than about 15 feet from the door. They are absolutely terrified of anyone new and will not allow anyone but myself and my parents in my house. It’s not easy. But they are so grateful and filled with love. Victor has the happiest soul I’ve ever come across. Nothing gets him down. He wakes up wagging his tail and finally sleeps when he can’t keep his eyes open one more second. Bobby is a profile in courage. The poor sweet boy is afraid of so much and yet he will still venture forward if I ask him. All three have been examples of how to face life even when life hasn’t been fair. I don’t know how to attach photos so I included links to their facebook pages. I know, who’s the crazy one now? 🙂 Go take a look at my sweet pack.

  14. I totally enjoyed reading all these comments. I love my puppies. Unconditionally, and I don’t care where they came from, they are here now, with me. Big Hugs for all of you. Made my heart feel good.

  15. I can’t afford a dog of my own, so I pet sit. My darlings come to my house and are treated as if they were my very own. Many of them are rescues, and all are precious to me. I feel like they’re coming to visit Grandma. The biggest is a Golden Retriever of about 85 pounds, and the smallest is a Havanese, about 5 pounds. I love them all, and though I make less, it sure beats substitute teaching.

  16. My dad used to say that you could tell a lot about a man by the dog he keeps, and if he wasn’t fond of dogs, keep him at a distance. For fifty years I kept large dogs, but as my health started to deteriorate, I found smaller dogs easier to keep indoors and maintain. The wife and I now have two mixed breed chihuahuas that watch after us, and keep us as sane as they can.

  17. Bless you all; these fur babies are all lucky to have you, cat AND dog, and everything else in between.

  18. My sweetheart came from a rescue centre. We have her 3 months next week. Her name is Bella.

    • Two thumbs up Janet, great name. My little Bella would have been 3 yrs. old yesterday and hopefully she’s passed some spunk onto your Bella. You’ll have hours of entertainment and laughter. 🙂

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