BCFS’ mission includes rescuing animals and educating people. The story of the plight of the mill dogs and the long term consequences must be brought to light. Our rescued Pippa is an example of the terrible consequences of puppy mills.
Healing at her own pace…
Pippa is a 4-year-old apricot poodle with a broken spirit who came into BCFS’ foster care program this year after being dumped by a mass breeder at a shelter. She’s been making positive progress but has a fear of people and any strange noises or sudden moves. She’s so terrified she pees and poops, as we noted in our previous update.
Foster mom Raye has gently cared for Pippa and worked to instill a sense of security and confidence in Pippa, with the help of Raye’s own dog Sally and her permanent BCFS Cushings foster Harriette.
Raye sends us this new update on Pippa:I have finally hit a milestone in Pippa’s life with humans. She will now seek out a snuggle from me. If anyone strange to her comes in the house she freezes and pees on the spot, and if a stranger attempts to touch her she will freeze and poop all over them. Any loud noise and she is off like a bullet to hide, leaving a trail of pee or poop behind. The good news is if people are quiet and ignore her after several meetings she will not pee or poop when they come in provided they do not make a move towards her. She still has to wear a short leash for those times I do not have the luxury of time to coax her to come. Men can be a special problem in her life. It has taken weeks but she will now come in from outside when my hubby opens the door. He used to have to open the door and stand across the room. She will also take a treat from his hand and will try and mooch at dinner with our pug. My hubby can join her in a chair that she has already been in with out her running. Other men who come into our home she reacts to them like they have the plague. On those quiet days when no company comes and she can play or snuggle with my small dogs life is good and her house training is intact. She also loves to go for walks on a leash in our quiet neighbourhood and is wonderful in the car. She could be adopted by a very understanding household that has a small dog, no children and a quiet lifestyle. She is a very high risk dog for being hit by a car. She is fast and panics running blindly through an open gate or door – I have no doubt she will run right into traffic. The family would have to be on guard for the rest of her life. It may also take weeks for her to approach or for you to be able to pick her up. A lot of patience will be required.
Thank you to Raye for her update on Pippa’s progress and her generous heart in fostering this innocent victim of puppy mills.
If you have a quiet home, a big heart, a small dog who would befriend Pippa, and the patience to give Pippa the love and care she needs, please complete an adoption application and email it to our Adoptions Coordinator Silvana Cronier at email@example.com.
Pippa and every dog deserves the chance to love and be loved, and to have a good life. She also has ongoing veterinary care needs and BCFS would greatly appreciate a sponsor for Pippa’s vet care. If you would like to sponsor Pippa, please contact BCFS’ founder Amy Bremner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Puppy mills are mass breeders who keep dogs in often squalid conditions, confined in cages for years unsocialized and poorly cared for, to breed puppies for sale in pet stores or online. They damage dogs’ bodies, minds and spirits. Sometimes the damage takes years to heal, or may be irreversible. The cute puppies available for sale often have sad, sick mothers left behind in a puppy mill, churning out litter after litter for profit. When their breeding ability is used up, they’re killed or dumped at shelters.
We hope Pippa’s story touches hearts and helps people understand why adopting dogs from a legitimate rescue or shelter is necessary, instead of purchasing a dog. Please adopt, don’t shop!