Wednesday, May 5, 2010
I hope everyone will help us welcome Ruby to the pack. Ruby arrived yesterday, Tuesday, afternoon. She is about 1 year old, 30-35 pounds, and very scared. She is one of the puppy mill dogs that Golden Retriever Puppy Mill Rescue Team (GRPMRT) bought at auction. Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies stepped in to provide transportation and new homes for many of the Goldens. We were feeling left out, our cousins picked up two fosters on Sunday, they were supposed to drop one by here, but they kept them both. Now they have five Goldens, just like we do. They have Alexa (not the same as Alexis we placed in a new home on Saturday) and Mia, we have Daisy, Abby and Ruby. Our task is to turn Ruby into a happy, healthy, obedient Golden that we can place in a Forever Home. You see, this little lady deserves a second chance in life and we are in charge of giving her that chance!
If you ever wondered if your donations to dog rescue groups are worthwhile, take a look at Ruby, this is her story. Some people disapprove of buying puppy mill dogs under any circumstances, even to liberate them. If you want to help give puppy mill dogs a new life, donate to GRPMRT, help fund them and other breed rescue groups that are in the front lines of the battle to save these poor dogs. Several people from their group attended a "going out of business" auction of puppy mill Goldens and 100 other dogs. Other puppy mill operators were trying to buy at a bargain to increase their own breeding population, but the rescue groups were there to stop them. Then shortly after this auction, another auction came up and 16 goldens were auctioned. Many of the dogs, of all breeds, were purchased at a low price, but the rescue groups ran out of money and many of the dogs went back to another cage with another breeder. For the want of a donation, a dog was lost, or in this case, many dogs were lost, back to the life that no animal deserves.
Grab a fresh handkerchief, then go to this link to start:
Then go to this link to see some photos of just some of the dogs that were rescued:
Then go to this link to see how these dogs were sold:
Ruby was one of the lucky ones, she was a young breeding female, she had already had at least one litter of puppies, she was purchased away from the puppy mill operators and turned over to GRRR to start a new life. She made a stop by our vet to get a check up and to be spayed. Now she will be staying with us while she adjusts to a new life. She was so scared and timid when she arrived yesterday that it was hard to get a picture, she kept hiding under things and behind things. Her tail was curled all the way under, a sign of fear. She was scared of every new noise and she was scared of other dogs. She even had food fear, food had been thrown at her, or she had to fight other dogs to get it, so she was afraid of food. We had to put her in a room by herself before she would eat, even then she was not sure it was safe. We can't give her treats, she runs from them so she won't be attacked. Everyone, human and dogs, are careful to give her special attention to help her settle in. We unpacked the crate, she was more comfortable in it with the door open than she was running loose.
The Golden Retriever Puppy Mill Rescue Team (GRPMRT) has a web site where you can learn more about them and make a donation to change a dogs life. Go to: http://grpmrt.org/
Mogley G. Retriever