Friday, April 20, 2012

Dodger a Puppy Mill Survivor





Some of you may have remembered my earlier posts on our sweet Dodger that adopted us about 2 years ago.  Here is a current picture of the little cutie by my desk in the den.  I had just groomed him.  He's getting so much better about being groomed.  Now, I can almost completely get him done before he tells me he's had enough.  He still refuses to let me clean his ears or trim his nails, so he must visit the vet for that.  But still, after 2 years, he now sits still and lets me work on him for quite a while.

When we first found Dodger at Furburbia in Park City, Utah, he was terrified of people and nipped without warning.  Now?  He's pretty happy here in our home with our other two dogs.  Dodger has come a long way and even gives us kisses.  He's very demanding if I am still asleep when he wakes up in the morning, and will grab my hand and try to pull me up.  He gets very excited about treat times and relishes eating his favorite ones.  In the warm weather, he loves to run outside with them and eat them in the sunshine.

Puppy Mills are horrible places where the most important thing is profit.  Animals live in terrible conditions in wire cages, often too small to move in.  They are sometimes stacked on top of each other.  Many times they are kept outside regardless of the weather.  Imagine being rained on with no protection, living in a cage in wintertime when the metal is freezing cold or summer with the sun beating down.  Dogs are malnourished, lacking a healthy diet, and are not fed or watered as required.  These animals are not cared for, not socialized, not loved.  They are there for one purpose, and one purpose only - to breed.

When Dodger was rescued, he was found to have a yeast infection in his ears, heartworm, and a growth in his throat.  When we first adopted him, he suffered bouts of reverse sneezing.  He is doing much better these days.

Here are two pictures of Puppy Mill dogs.  They aren't easy to look at.
http://www.greatdane-dog-world.com/stop-puppy-mills.html

A Bichon Frise, like Dodger    fortheloveofthedogblog.com/the-horrors-of-puppy-mills

Here are the two pictures of Dodger from Furburbia that made me want to bring this sweetheart home to live with us:
Look at his eyes.  He looks like he is begging for understanding and love, and who could resist that.


Please join me in fighting against animal cruelty of any kind.  There are many sites where you can subscribe or donate to organizations who fight against animal abuse.  Nothing angers me more than cruelty of any kind, and especially cruelty to those who cannot defend themselves.  We like to think we are the higher species on earth, yet we have not learned compassion and respect for all of Mother Earth's children.  We are, as I often say, still in kindergarten here on Earth.

Be warned.  Some sites about Puppy Mills have pictures that will haunt you the rest of your life.  How blessed I feel that this gentle soul was saved and is now a member of our home, often happy and full of energy.  There are times, though, when the horrors he's been through are written in his eyes.

The Age of Aquarius is being ushered in as I write this.  It is to be a time of moving from the Age of Pisces.  Wikipedia describes the Age of Aquarius as:  Aquarius traditionally "rules" electricity, computers, flight, democracy, freedom, humanitarianism, idealists, modernization, astrology, nervous disorders, rebels and rebellion.[5] Other keywords and ideas believed associated with Aquarius are nonconformity, philanthropy, veracity, perseverance, humanity and irresolution.[6] The appearance or elevation in status of many of these Aquarian developments over the last few centuries is considered by many astrologers to indicate the proximity of the Aquarian age.

 The sign of Aquarius is the water bearer.  Aquarius is a sign that spreads thought, intellect, ideas, interaction.

Each zodical Age is approx 2150 years long.  We have been in the Age of Pisces, dominated by spiritualism and the rise of religions.  Did you know the sign of Pisces is a pair of fish.  Some think it is not coincidence that a symbol of Jesus is the fish.  Earth's completion of becoming the new Age is the end of Dec 2011.  That's right.  When the Mayan calendar ends.  Co-incidence?

Let us all start practicing humanitarianism, understanding, and love of all living beings.
Remember The 5th Dimension in the 60's singing 'The Age of Aquarius'?  We're almost there, friends, almost there.

LHR (love, honor, and respect) my dear friends.

29 comments:

Roger Lawrence said...

There's been some kind of mess-up at Squidoo. It isn't showing your article. I'll check back later.

SportyMummy said...

Beautiful post Donna...I'm so glad you have provided such a wonderful, loving home for your little sweet Dodger!

Donna Yates said...

Roger, I'll check and see what the problem is. Thank you for going there to read it.
SportyMummy, thank you for your comment. Truly, we love that sweet little guy.

Pam Margolis said...

awww your dodger looks alot like my beloved Bailey, who we think is a bichon poodle mix who adopted us from the SPCA. Bailey and I are both entering middle age and he is my constant companion, confidante, and doctor.

Barbara said...

Dodger is just adorable! I’m so glad you took him in and loved him; he will repay you many times over.

Donna Yates said...

Pam, thank you for your comment. They do treat us with a special love. How wonderful of you to adopt too!
Barbara, thank you for your comment. He is adorable and such a gentle soul. Just his sweetness every day puts smiles on our faces.

Sharon's Sunlit Memories said...

Dodger is adorable Donna. Its so lovely to know that he has found such a good home with you. Like you I abhor cruelty of any kind, especially to the defenceless.

I found the information you included at the end of your post very interesting. Real food for thought - thanks so much for sharing it - Sharon.

Donna Yates said...

Sharon, thank you for your comment. You are always so sweet. Yes, Dodger is adorable and I'm happy we could give him a loving home.

Sally K Witt said...

Wonderful post. I am an animal lover, as you might know! It is hard to fight against cruelty and abuse, because the people that do it are cold hearted and profit oriented. Every step helps.

Hugs,

Sally

Jess @ The Secret DMS Files of Fairday Morrow said...

Hi Donna, It's hard for me to accept that the people that operate puppy mills are the same species as I am. It is one of the most disgusting things imaginable. Dodger is a lucky doggy, and very, very cute. Thank you for sharing this post. ~ Jess

Donna Yates said...

Sally, thank you for your comment. I'm sure, as in our house, your pets give you immense calmness. And you are right. These people are hard to catch, and punishment isn't that severe.
Jess, it is disgusting, isn't it? Dodger is quite cute. The part I live is that he knows this is his home now. Thank you for your comment.

Shari Lynne @ www.faithfilledfoodformoms.com said...

Wonderful Post Donna! What an adorable pup you have :) Puppy Mills are sooo awful and people should definately be careful about checking into where there pets are coming from :( Thank you for raising awareness!
Blessings!

Pk Hrezo said...

Ugh puppy mills just nauseate me. Hard to believe humans can be so cold. How blessed you are to have found Dodger! He is just adorable, and is equally blessed to have found you. :)

Donna Yates said...

Shari Lynne, thank you for your comment. As much as awareness is raised, yet some people know nothing about this.
Pk, thank you for your comment. It is hard to believe humans can be heartless. We are truly blessed with this little guy's love.

Suburban Sweetheart said...

Puppy mills are horrible, horrible places. So glad you were able to give Dodger a good home. I love that you say he adopted you!

Donna Yates said...

Suburban Sweetheart, thank you for your comment. I think he did adopt us in a way, because he didn't have to like it here, but he does and that makes me feel so good.

Stephanie@The Secret DMS Files of Fairday Morrow said...

Puppy mills are terrible- it broke my heart to look at those pictures. I think Dodger is a cutie and I am so happy he found your happy home to join. :) I think his name is great- reminds me of Oliver Twist. I agree that people need to treat people, animals, and all living things with respect and consideration. Great message, Donna!

Donna Yates said...

Stephanie, thank you for your comment. I forgot about the Artful Dodger. lol

Elizabeth Young said...

This post broke my heart, yet I thank you for shedding light on this horrific reality. Locally, here in Ontario, a woman ran a puppy mill that no-one knew about until she got ill. She used to bring the puppies to the market I worked at on the weekend whilst going through school! When the truth was discovered people were ready to do to her what she did to those poor animals, it was truly tragic. God Bless you Donna for loving your little one and giving him such a good forever home.
P.S. I just got a new kitten and she is stellar!

Donna Yates said...

Elizabeth, thank you for your kind comment. It is hard to believe that someone you're acquainted with could be so horrible.
A new kitten? Oh, you'll have to write about the little one on your blog. I can't wait to see a pic.

Elizabeth Young said...

Donna, there is a new comment for you over at The Garden Gate.
www.bethanywrites.com

Elizabeth Maginnis said...

Locally a husband and wife puppy mill team have purchased a farm for the sole purpose of moving their breeding operation from rural Yates County (NY) into Ontario County (a largely rural county southeast of Rochester, NY). Ontario County residents are turning out in droves to oppose the couple's zoning application. There's also been lots of press highlighting the puppy mill scourge. Hooray! I doubt that couple will be successful in their expansion efforts.

Donna Yates said...

Elizabeth Young, ty, friend, I'll run over and take a look.
Elizabeth Maginnins, I love it when people band together against atrocities. A husband and wife team...how sick. What lovely neighbors to have.

Carol Apple said...

Dodger is adorable and I'm so glad he was rescued from the puppy mill and has found a loving home. I am always amazed at the impact a loved and loving pet can bring to a home. With three teenage guys in my house and too sometimes stressed-out working parents, our two dogs are both the soothing balm and comic relief for all our spirits.

Donna Yates said...

Carol Apple, thank you for your comment. It is so true - they are the soothing balm and the comic relief, and they love us unconditionally.

laughwithusblog said...

Sounds like a horrible thing. I'm so glad you were able to rescue your sweet doggies.

Donna Yates said...

laughwithusblog, yes they are truly horrible places. Thank you for your comment.

OneMommy said...

Oh, their eyes do say so much!

So glad to hear your furry friend is starting to feel more comfortable in his new home.

Donna Yates said...

OneMommy, thank you for your comment. I think our babies train us right off by talking with their eyes or facial expressions.