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    Smile UPDATE (and many thanks!) to socialising my rescue pup

    I just wanted to give an update to a previous "help!" post, you may not remember but I was very concerned about socialising my somewhat traumatised rescue pup, and worried about how to do it.

    12 months on and I have to say a big thanks to everyone who gave advice - pup is now a happy, social friendly girl, with lots of doggy friends. Special mention to everyone who said the best thing to do was get her off the leash - I was terrified about doing this as she was so unpredictable, but met a lovely guy at the local dog park who told me exactly the same thing (actually unclipped her lead himself!!!) and had her run around with his two, considerably smaller but just as energetic, dogs. They are now the best of friends. Great advice for a natural worrier, and the best thing I have done (except for one incident where she mowed down the local magistrates wife on the beach....poor puppy has a little trouble applying the brakes when she works up speed. whoops!)
    She still has terrible nightmares from time to time, but she has come along in leaps and bounds, is no longer terrified of men (still a bit cautious if they're holding tools ... if I ever find the people who originally did this to her.....grrr) and has a healthy (almost too healthy, little fatty boom batty she is!) appetite.
    So thanks again for helping out a newbie, especially when you didn't have to. And like any proud parent, i'm going to bore you with some 'before' and 'after' shots of skinny underfed scared pup when we first adopted her, and happy little fatty boom batty pup of today (including one with our next door neighbours puppy - such good friends she tunneled under the fence to come visit us and play....one habit I hope my girl doesn't pick up!!) Her smile hopefully lets you know how happy she has become, thanks in part to your advice!

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    I am so happy for you and your beautiful Wonder Dog! What a perfect match you are!
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    Great story!! Hubby and I have decided to get two rescue dogs - largely due to the comments and advice from people on this board. I had all sorts of concerns too. But mostly, I have a big soft heart for animals and I can't stand the thought of them suffering or in pain when I can do something about it.

    Thanks for sharing - although I'm new myself and didn't give you any advice, I've really enjoyed reading your success story. Your little dog looks so happy.

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    I can't recommend rescuing a dog highly enough - do it, you won't regret it at all once they are a part of the family. We have had carnage (she can chew through metal and jump a 5 1/2 foot fence) and mayhem (the magistrates wife....) and compromise (how does she take up HALF a king sized bed?!?!) but there's nothing as rewarding as being greeted by them of an evening when you come home - as I'm sure many posters here can attest to.
    Be sure to keep us posted on your 'adoption process' - and I wish you all the best!!!
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    That is so sweet! I could never get bored of pics of dogs, she is so cute

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    that is so wonderful. anytime a pet is rescued and things work out. it may take time and effort on the owners part but kudos to you. they are well worth it and will reward you with their loyalty and love. i'm such a pet lover and never tire of hearing stories like yours. much happiness with your baby!

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    Gorgeous pics of your doggie Is the dalmation pup yours too?

    What a great story.

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    What a great story and your girl looks so happy!
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    You go!!! Congratulations and god bless you! I just adopted a 10 year old toy poodle that spent his whole life in a puppy mill. I posted his pic on facebook and my blog. Am I allowed to post the links? If no, I am really sorry and don't ban me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pwry View Post
    You go!!! Congratulations and god bless you! I just adopted a 10 year old toy poodle that spent his whole life in a puppy mill. I posted his pic on facebook and my blog. Am I allowed to post the links? If no, I am really sorry and don't ban me.
    Good for you! Puppy mill people should be drawn and quartered! My md has a mastiff he rescued from a mill, she is so sweet, but the poor thing had so many litters that she could no longer feed her puppies because her nipples were all deformed! I adopted a 10 year old dog a few years ago, but he only lived a year. But I can promise you he had one hell of a good year! If you want to post pic of your doggie, you can either use it as your avatar, or, use it in your signature (see mine below). It's not hard, but if you have a problem, let me know. (go to "user cp" link and you will see selections on the left side).

    For msrule: congrats! I just loved your story. Does your doggie have dobie in her? She reminds me of my (deceased) red doberman (which are actually brown, but called red). Every animal I've ever had came from a rescue group, and only leave here when they die.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KrisNine View Post
    Gorgeous pics of your doggie Is the dalmation pup yours too?
    Unfortunatley not... I want another desperatley, but renting is so hard when you need a yard, and so many landlords won't allow pets. After this latest eviction (damn owners think they have a right to live in their own house!!!) we almost had to move back in with my parents because we just couldn't find anything untill the very last second. At this place we actually have a dalmation on either side of our house - this girl on one side, and a gorgeous chocolate dalmation boy on the other, but he's a bit older than the girls and has no time for their shennanigans

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    Good for you! Puppy mill people should be drawn and quartered! My md has a mastiff he rescued from a mill, she is so sweet, but the poor thing had so many litters that she could no longer feed her puppies because her nipples were all deformed! I adopted a 10 year old dog a few years ago, but he only lived a year. But I can promise you he had one hell of a good year! If you want to post pic of your doggie, you can either use it as your avatar, or, use it in your signature (see mine below). It's not hard, but if you have a problem, let me know. (go to "user cp" link and you will see selections on the left side).

    For msrule: congrats! I just loved your story. Does your doggie have dobie in her? She reminds me of my (deceased) red doberman (which are actually brown, but called red). Every animal I've ever had came from a rescue group, and only leave here when they die.
    I agree re: puppy mills (probably stating the obvious) and I love to hear stories like yours and everyone elses too - anyone who helps an animal in need gets my vote. I had to move out of my house (the one before the current one. 5 moves in 18 months. i'm over packing!) because the girl who sublet the top floor had 11 kittens which never left her bedroom, and the girl before I moved in kept her cat locked in the bathroom without kitty litter. I reported them to the RSPCA, but they have moved on to god knows where. But it was move out or I'd be pushed to an act of violence for such cruelty to these animals. I tried all I could to get her to see reason, but the day she hit my dog I packed my stuff. Some people just astonish me with their idiocy - if it weren't for stories like the ones I read from posters here of such kindness I think i'd go crazy.

    I'm not too sure if she's got doberman in her. The shelter said she was chocolate lab, staffy and rottweiler - and I can see the lab and the staffy (she's becoming more brindle as she ages) but everyone else sees some other breed except rotty - Doberman, great dane (?!), ridgeback ... she's just a mix of different mixed breeds I think. But i'm no purebred myself, so we're a good match!
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    Red face

    Jeez, I do waffle on. Sorry for the mammoth posts! I promise to be short and sweet from now on!!
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    I thought she looked like a lot of Pit was in there! My nephew has 2 pits-my sister calls them Brad & Angelina! Anyway,both rescues-the female right off the street with a hurt paw. They are the sweetest things & have pink noses,just like yours! He has them well socialized. They visit my sister who has 1 rescued feral & 9 of her kin cats who come in & out of her house at will. The dogs are kitty toys the whole time! Very good natured. Yours is so darling-give her a hug for me.
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    You are amazing! Thanks for the advice!


    Quote Originally Posted by Jansi View Post
    Good for you! Puppy mill people should be drawn and quartered! My md has a mastiff he rescued from a mill, she is so sweet, but the poor thing had so many litters that she could no longer feed her puppies because her nipples were all deformed! I adopted a 10 year old dog a few years ago, but he only lived a year. But I can promise you he had one hell of a good year! If you want to post pic of your doggie, you can either use it as your avatar, or, use it in your signature (see mine below). It's not hard, but if you have a problem, let me know. (go to "user cp" link and you will see selections on the left side).

    For msrule: congrats! I just loved your story. Does your doggie have dobie in her? She reminds me of my (deceased) red doberman (which are actually brown, but called red). Every animal I've ever had came from a rescue group, and only leave here when they die.

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    Thanks so much, you guys. I respect so much what you are also doing to help the animals. I volunteer for an organisation called sophiesdogadoption.com (is this considered spamming? I hope not cause it is for a good cause and not money. Anyway, forgive me if it is.) I have fostered so many puppy mill dogs that i just find it hard not to hate people some times. Here in Quebec we have a real problem with puppy mills. It is shameful.

    Thanks again guys!! xx


    Quote Originally Posted by misrule View Post
    Unfortunatley not... I want another desperatley, but renting is so hard when you need a yard, and so many landlords won't allow pets. After this latest eviction (damn owners think they have a right to live in their own house!!!) we almost had to move back in with my parents because we just couldn't find anything untill the very last second. At this place we actually have a dalmation on either side of our house - this girl on one side, and a gorgeous chocolate dalmation boy on the other, but he's a bit older than the girls and has no time for their shennanigans



    I agree re: puppy mills (probably stating the obvious) and I love to hear stories like yours and everyone elses too - anyone who helps an animal in need gets my vote. I had to move out of my house (the one before the current one. 5 moves in 18 months. i'm over packing!) because the girl who sublet the top floor had 11 kittens which never left her bedroom, and the girl before I moved in kept her cat locked in the bathroom without kitty litter. I reported them to the RSPCA, but they have moved on to god knows where. But it was move out or I'd be pushed to an act of violence for such cruelty to these animals. I tried all I could to get her to see reason, but the day she hit my dog I packed my stuff. Some people just astonish me with their idiocy - if it weren't for stories like the ones I read from posters here of such kindness I think i'd go crazy.

    I'm not too sure if she's got doberman in her. The shelter said she was chocolate lab, staffy and rottweiler - and I can see the lab and the staffy (she's becoming more brindle as she ages) but everyone else sees some other breed except rotty - Doberman, great dane (?!), ridgeback ... she's just a mix of different mixed breeds I think. But i'm no purebred myself, so we're a good match!

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