Puppy Mills - Teddy had suffered Abuse

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Two years ago, I was asked by my vet tech to foster an 11 year old puppy mill surrender named Teddy. He arrived with a harness and leash attached and I soon learned why. He never, ever left his crate and the only way to get him out of it was by pulling on the leash. He was afraid of everything, especially people. He clearly had been abused. I always made sure to pet my other Poms within Teddy's view so he could see that they were getting affection. Finally, after close to six months, Teddy approached me for a pet, shaking like a leaf. He had finally decided that he wanted one of those pets! It was very brave of him. In time he learned to play with my other Pomeranians and he became very protective of them. He got so attached that I decided that his senior years would be happy and I adopted him. I've never regretted it. Teddy is a gentle, happy little dog now with a soul that never quit. I finally threw his crate away because he didn't go into it anymore - he sleeps curled up to his Pomeranian friends.

U.S. animal shelters euthanize 3 million to 4 million cats and dogs every year, and yet pet industry statistics show that about one third of the nation's 11,000 pet stores continue to sell puppies. Many of these dogs come from puppie mills—mass commercial breeding operations that put profit above the health and welfare of the puppies and their parents. More...

Worlds oldest dog..... The oldest dog that has been reliably documented was an Australian cattle-dog named Bluey. He was put to sleep at the age of 29 years and 5 months!

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