When you adopt a puppy mill survivor, there are greater challenges than when taking on other rescue dogs (which can be challenging enough).
I hope to do an expanded post on the topic of adopting rescue dogs on my own website soon. But in the meantime, here’s an “off” week tidbit for you, a great post by Your Dog Advisor with some tips for dealing with a puppy-mill survivor adoptee.
Posted by Kassandra Lamb, author of the Kate Huntington psychological mysteries, and the Marcia Banks and Buddy cozy mysteries.
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AnnaMay 15, 2019 at 5:51 pm
Please do not label her as a “rescue”, a “puppy mill survivor”, a “bait dog”, “must have been beaten” or found “wandering the mean streets”.
Instead label her as a dog, your pet, friend, family, the best thing that ever happened to you.
One set of descriptors actually belittles her, gives excuses for ill behavior and continues a negative thought around and about her from acquisition to grave.
What you say will become how you feel. Celebrate her! She is family, acknowledge that. always think positive *before* the negative. Smile when you look at her. Forget for the moment what might or might not have happened to her in the past. She lives in the moment and so should you.
Would every introduction to an adopted child include comments about the adoption and the birth mother’s lifestyle?
Kassandra LambMay 16, 2019 at 12:33 pm
Thank you for weighing in, Anna. I assure you we only used those words because it was the subject at hand, but I only see a big ball of furry love when I look at my baby, who happened to come from a rescue shelter.