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7/3/2020 12:08 PM


 
Animal Success Stories
                            " Jonsey"

  Let me tell you about Jonsey. He is a very special Chihuahua. What makes him so special,? well he survived a puppy mill for 4 years. That is never an easy feat for ANY dog.

    Puppy mills are not a good place for ANY animal. The dogs tend to live in very small wire cages, in dark, swanky barns, the cages are barely big enough for one dog, but they normally have two dogs in one cage. A male and a female, then if they have pups, the pups get to live with their parents for a few weeks, till they are pulled.
 And then the male does his job and the female is pregnant again, the female NEVER gets any breaks, they are bred from the time they are old enough until the time, they no longer produce.

 Jonsey was subjected to this treatment as well. These dogs live amoungst themsleves. They live day to day, not knowing what will happen in the next moment. They are treated worse than livestock, they are NEVER handled, they are never spoke kindly to, they are never touched, except to grab at them to give shots, sometimes, or to check for abnormalities. They do not get petted, they do not get treats, they do not getout of those wire cages, they never feel the ground, grass, carpet, nothing but wire.
    No one speaks kindly to them, they do not get very good food.
But yet they are expected to produce.

    Jonsey came to us over 6 months ago.
 I had to feed him can food sitting on the floor, and putting the can food in front of him, and avert my eyes, I was not allowed to look at him while he ate.
  I was not allowed to touch, at all, he would shiver and shake so much, I thought he would have a heart attack, literally.

 I was not allowed to put my hands on him for the first two months.
If I wanted to pet him, I had to climb in his crate, and force myself to pet him, while he would shiver and shake, and look totally terrified. I had to show him, that I would never ever hurt him, that he could trust me. I did this everyday for two months.
Until he finally allowed me to pet him, outside of the crate.

   We put a harness on him, so that we could introduce him to the outside, he would again, shiver and shake, he eyes would get so wide, I got to hate that look, it was a look of PURE fear. A fear that only a human could give him. It was at those times, that I am very glad that I do not live near a mill operation farm, for I know what I would have done to the people who had done this to this little dog.
      After awhile Jonsey got to use to grass, between his toes, and he got to like it, he learned to do his business outside, he learned that grass is sometimes good to eat.
 He also learned that carpet is very soft and it does not cut his feet like the wire did. He learned that carpet is great for when you have an itch, the carpet will help you itch it.

 He learned to trust me a bit more everyday.
 He learned what a treat was, that took a bit for him to figure out
 but once he did, he now loves treats. 
  

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Parker
Parker

Parker is one of our Mature Pet adoptions. Parker was left in a Northern Michigan Shelter. He is an older dog, so his chances of being adopted were slim to none. An 8 year old Dog with arthritis and depressed was not exactly appealing to anyone. Parker 's previous owner had passed away, and the only family he had ever known had been split up, and he found himself alone. And like all older dogs, he got depressed and refused to eat. he was on his last days, until we found him, and we just could not leave him there, as we all knew what would become of him. Parker was placed in a loving foster home, it took him a few days to realise that he was once again in a loving home, and that someone actually cared about HIM. We took Parker to a meet & Greet and the very first time, he met his new would be owner. He really liked the family. He was adopted soon after, he went to the vet, put on meds for his aches and pains, he now has a jaunt in his step, he really likes his home, and he acts as though he has lived there all his life. He goes for walks daily, he goes for rides with the family, and he is the Highlight of their day. We would like for others to remember the mature pets that have been dumped in the shelters, they have lots to offer without all the nonsense. And they make the best companions!!!!


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