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10/15/2021 2:07 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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Zeke is a Parson's Terrier, or what used to be called a wire haired Jack Russell Terrier. He is 4 years old. He was left in a northern shelter, and he was overlooked, maybe because he had a deformed leg, or maybe just because he was a Jack Russell, we may never know. But we took him from his cement prison, and brought him home, to our rescue, he had a bad case of Kennel Cough, and we were treating him for this. He was not allowed to go to any events and he became jealous, and ran out the door, one day after I had left for an event, he was gone for 3 days, he would not allow anyone to catch him, until he fell asleep and someone snatched him right up and called us to say they found him. Zeke proved to be a very hard case, since he had to stay in foster care longer than most of our rescued dogs, he decided that he would stay and never leave. He tried to take over the household, and when out at events, he would ignore everyone except me, and not allow me to take care of any other dog but him. Zeke was moved to another foster home as he got way too attached, it broke our hearts, but Zeke needed to find a family, and he made it harder for us, as he did not like young children, and he wanted to stay within the rescue. Zeke had been with us for 7 months, the longest we ever had a dog stay within our rescue... But Zeke finally found a home with a couple, that loves him for what he is and they have spoiled him rotten just the way he likes it, he now has the family that he deserved, and we will ALWAYS miss our ZEKE, he was truly a special needs little doggy. But he is happy and we get monthly updates on his progres and new pictures all the time, so we feel like we are still a part of his life.