Life wasn’t kind to puppy mill survivor Tralee during his first six years, but this plucky little boy has had a change of fortune. After months in BCFS’ foster care program learning how to be a dog, Tralee has found his forever home!
Tralee’s “Gotcha Day” with Sheryl, David and Baylee!
Tralee has not only gained a new mom and dad this month, but a new brother — five-year-old rescued mini-poodle Baylee! Puppy mill dogs do much better when they have other dogs to learn from. Even better, new parents Sheryl and David have experience with puppy mill dogs. Their rescued bichon Bella was a puppy mill survivor who recently passed from old age.
We’re delighted to have just received an update and short video from Sheryl:
“Just a short note to let you know that Tralee is settling in just fine. The cooler weather today is so much nicer, and the boys have been out back doing mad acts and running like little bandits. He’s gaining more confidence every day and as you can see from the video, he’s pretty relaxed. He’s just a little cutie pie and we are really enjoying him.”
Cute video clip here: https://youtu.be/hbCKpZSn4EU
During his endless long days and nights in a puppy mill cage, could Tralee have ever imagined the life he has now?
Safe at BCFS, Tralee awaited his forever family
It’s a wonderful new life indeed to look forward to, from a big soft bed and toys to his new playmate and teacher Baylee, to a family who’s home much of the time with him, to a fenced-in backyard and when he’s ready, daily walks on a river path. Most of all, the patience, understanding, love and time he needs to continue growing, learning and trusting.
In his months with us, like many puppy mill dogs, Tralee has had a long road to learn everything that dogs usually learn from puppyhood. Caged in the puppy mill for most of the first six years, he’d clearly received no socialization or experience with the outside world.
At first, Tralee was anxious and would cower and shake or run, poop in fear, was terrified of men, and seemed flat with none of the joy dogs usually express. He didn’t seem to know he was a dog, or how to be one.
Over time, Tralee began to come out of the shell he’d withdrawn into, found his voice, began to cuddle and discovered he loves toys.
He learned from his foster siblings and took comfort in their presence, as well as taking his behavioral cues from them.
Tralee started showing curiosity, sniffing hands, wagging his tail, learning to go for walks on a leash, and welcoming affection. All good milestones for him to pass.
After many months of rehabilitation, Tralee bounced and played with his friends during morning walks with the sanctuary pups, and Amy knew it was time for Tralee to find his forever home.
His recovery from the deprivation and trauma he suffered for years will continue with his new family.
Sheryl and David have the experience and knowledge of puppy mill dogs Tralee needs, and have a plan for Tralee’s integration into his new home and family, including his own dishes and toys, gradual access through their home, yard and outdoor walks, taking their cues from him, sensing when he wants loving or when he needs a little space, patience and positive reinforcement.
Thank you to Sheryl, David and Baylee for welcoming Tralee into your home and hearts, and changing his world.