Abbie - A Petfinder Happy Tail
Abbie - posted 10/27/2009
From Elaine of Pelham, NH
Hi, I'm Abbie. You just featured a "Happy Tails" story on my sister, Rudy. We shared a "cell" together for the first few years of of our lives in that horrible puppy mill in PA. We were forced to have babies when we were only about 6 months old, and were given barely enough food & water to survive. Our cages, stacked on top of each other, were outside so we had to endure the freezing cold winters & smothering hot summers with no protections. The only human touch we knew was that of cruelty. But, one day, Laura from No More Tears Rescue came to save us. I thought I heard the mean miller say that "we were not profitable enough for them" and even though I don't know what that means, I sure am glad! And I'm so glad Laura loved us despite our profitability (whatever that is).
On Nov 14th it will be 1 year since my Moms adopted me. I live with my big brother, Jake (also a schnoodle) who I simply adore. I was very, very scared and very shy for the first several months. The corner of any room was where you would find me, cowering and averting all eye contact. But, Jake would lie next to me for hours to reassure me, and my Moms would pat me gently and tell me that everything was going to be ok and that they loved me very much. I knew it was all true when Jake even let me finish the food in his bowl (I love to eat)! It took me a bit longer to be content around strangers, but my Moms were very patient and took me on short walks so we could meet other people & other dogs (which I loved)!
Now, I love my life and I love meeting people and other dogs! I find that so many of the shy dogs we meet really warm up to me. I guess it's because I knew what that was like. I've discovered my tail and how to wag it. My Moms say that I wag it so much it's going to "waggle off my behind". I love to play ball, go on hikes, go to the beach and just run all around my backyard chasing Jake. My Moms tear up sometimes saying how much they love me, how proud they are and what a confident, strong little girl I am. They say that they wouldn't have ever known this much joy in their lives if it weren't for Laura of No More Tears Rescue, and I feel the same way.
I hope my story will inspire many of you to choose adoption. So many of my friends are still in those horrible places. But, with your help - spreading the word about mills, doing what you can to support organizations like No More Tears Rescue, and adopting - someday every pup will be in a loving home and none will be suffering the needless, senseless, unimaginable cruelty of a puppy mill. We'll all be chasing balls, squeaking furry toys, curling up on comfy chairs and eating all of the treats (healthy, organic ones of course) that we want!