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    Mel Freer

    Boy can I relate to everything you wrote!

    My Daisy was also a puppy mill dog and had many of the same issues you listed above. I had little experience with fearful dogs, except at the shelter, but thought I would handle issues as they came up as well. And, we did. With some help from Deb at and another puppy mill rescuer.

    One of the greatest pleasures of my life is seeing Daisy blossom. She always seemed to be haunted by her past, but this year (her 2nd with me) she has blossomed into a much more confident dog who is curious, less fearful and just a joy to watch. She loves water now and even goes in up to her belly. She loves to play with my other dog - she never knew how to play before. And, she is not afraid to ask for a belly rub - which I happily give!

    thanks for posting this info. People need to know having a puppy mill dog can be very rewarding, but it also means a lot of work and dedication.

    Leslie Fisher PMCT

    Mel, I am justlooking back on comments I needed to address, and seeing that we have much in common, having nurtured puppy mill dogs into dogs that can play and be dogs. Feels great doesn`t it? Hugs to Daisy.


    We have just brought home a 3 1/2 year old puppy mill lab that we didn't really know much history about, and wish we had been told more. One thing we really wanted in a dog was for him to play...are these dogs able to overcome their past existence and learn how to play? He has gotten alot better just in the 72 hours we have had him, but the rescue agency pretty much made it sound like we just needed to take it slow and everything would be fine. Now I'm not so all happened very fast and I am wondering if we are equipped to handle all this.

    Agnes Green

    Two years ago we adopted a puppy mill rescue dog (Annie), part Kelpie, part Basenji. It has been a long journey and she's not even fully there yet. We had two dogs over the years that we raised from puppyhood before we got Annie and I can tell you, it's an entirely different kind of experience. You really have to be in tune with your dog and understand what they feel at any time so you can make it safe and yet, gently nudge her forward. I wrote Diary of a Puppy-Mill Princess describing Annie's journey from a practically wild animal to an (almost) companion and detailing what worked and what didn't work for us. And the journey is but half over. I think a lot depends on the dog's personality.

    Agnes Green

    Forgot to mention I have a blog on Annie's page where I continue to journal about our challenges. I would sure love some input on some of those issues from you more experienced people. By the way, my admiration to all of you who undertake saving these dogs!


    I just adopted a beautiful three year old baby yorkie that has spent her entire life in a cage. Due to the fact that she was too small and could not carry a litter to her due date she was sold to a rescue group. I have had pleasure of adopting her. I had no idea an animal could have so much fear in such a tiny little body. But I will do what ever I have to do to make her life easy from here on out. Thanks to these blogs I see light at the end orbs tunnel. Thanks!

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