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Read on to hear stories about Fritz the Brussels Griffon (formely named Gepeto), Clayton the border collie pup (formerly Romeo) and Elli, the sheltie (formerly Merlana).
Reza has this to say about Fritz (Gepeto), whom we rescued from a puppymill:
"I've waited a long time (three and a half months) to write this, since Fritz, our puppy mill rescue Brussels Griffon, is still adjusting to life on the outside. He makes progress every day. Last weekend he tentatively climbed down stairs unassisted for the first time. He's still afraid of most things. But the wait has been worth it for this amazing little guy.
"Fritz has a very sweet disposition. He greets me when I come home from work each day with his "one-man mambo," a maneuver that resembles a fuzzy horseshoe doing the polka. When he's doing it, his head actually touches his tail. He yips like a puppy when he gets excited, and his ears come together on the top of his head when he yawns. (This is so cute we've affectionately nicknamed him Batwing Boy.) Mealtime is an adventure in boogie dancing--Fritz prances around the kitchen like a pup when he hears me preparing his dinner.
One of my husband Josh's favorite things about Fritz is that he's the first dog he's ever met who actually says "Ruff!" when he barks at the door."
Clayton (Romeo) was part of a little of border collies found by the side of their road with their mother, who had been hit by a car and killed. Someone dropped them off at one of our vets, and we took them from there. Here's what Aggie says about Clayton:
"Clayton is doing great. He was house broken after 3 days home and is still doing great. He is put in his pen when I leave for work and sleeps with me and his brother & sister. I think my bed is getting smaller. He is up tp 30lbs. I love him very much. Thank you for giving him to me."
And here's what Allison and Nick have to say about Elli, formerly Merlana.
"We can't imagine life without her. She now responds to her new name Elli She immediately began to show personality in her new home. While her tail hangs between her legs mostly, she now wags her tail and spins around with her little arthritic legs when we come home. She has also learned how to climb 4 steps up our porch to our house, I guess you really can teach an old dog new tricks. Our 3 year old sheltie mix gets along great with Elli even though sometimes I think she wishes Elli could play with her more. It has been so rewarding having a second dog and our decision to adopt Elli was reaffirmed after watching the OPRAH show on puppy mills. It broke my heart and made me proud to know we helped Elli to have some loving, warm, last few years after living a caged, breeding life in a puppy mill."
Those are the stories that make me feel good.
I also learned this week about the death of TeddiBear, a chocolate cocker spaniel I wrote about recently. After being diagnosed with diabetes, further tests showed she also had numerous tumors. We thank TeddiBear's owners for giving her several wonderful years.
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