Emma was a recent puppy mill intake. To give you an idea of what fostering a mill dog is like, this is from Emma’s foster mom. “When the call comes out for a foster for a puppy mill dog, you can’t help but wonder what kind of shape it will be in, but you jump in with both feet because they need you. These dogs are often filthy with urine soaked fur, overgrown nails, etc. so a much needed bath is usually step one. Slowly and carefully you come down to their level with a soft voice and touch and try to make that first connection to let them know it’s going to be alright.
I welcomed Emma to my home on April 4th. “Ems” as she affectionately became known, had all the usual puppy mill idiosyncrasies. Most prominent, the fear of touch and sound, engaging “lawn ornament” status with each touch. We had to work on housebreaking issues which took about 3 weeks. Understanding, patience and time brought Emma out of her shell; she began to trust! My resident dogs helped immensely in her transformation. Emma loved the outdoors, this is where her inner dog came out! Scampering around and playing with me and my furgirls.
The first time they approach you to explore you is a breakthrough. Then as days progress, they begin to come out of their shell wanting to see the world around them; their discovery of toys, the feeling of their body finally relaxing as they sit next to you. The transformation may take weeks or months, but it is the most beautiful thing to be a part of. You, yourself can say job well done, but the bigger picture is how you have made a difference and changed one scarred/traumatized dog’s stars. On June 7th, Emma went to her wonderful furever home.”
From Emma’s new mom: “Emma and I are doing great and making slow, steady strides each day. She is eating well, sleeping well and has been able to stay on her own without any issues. She
plays well with her toys and loves to run around in her big yard. I just love having her here with me and look forward to each day . Thank you so much for helping me find my forever friend. Foster mom, Lynn Marie, has also been so wonderful through this whole experience.”