Hi, I am yellow lab
this year, I was rescued from a puppy mill in eastern Wisconsin. I'm not quite
sure what a puppy mill is, but I spent the first seven years of my life there.
I had lots of puppies and very little human contact. What I did know of humans
I didn't like very much.
I went to a place where there were a lot of other dogs. I like dogs. There were
people there who were very nice to me, but I didn't understand. I had never had
a name and no one had ever talked to me so when the nice people talked to me I
had no idea what they wanted. It was all very scary.
had a lot of dogs from the puppy mill so they sent me to another scary place
with nice people. Again, they had a lot of dogs so that made it a little
better. Again, they were very nice to me but I was very scared. There was a
lady there who talked to me and tried to get me used to being around people.
some people came and saw me and talked about taking me Home? I had no idea what
was going on. They brought me a bed so I could get used to it and have
something familiar when I went to this new place called Home.
Well, I went to this
place called Home. There were two yellow labs that lived there. They were very
nice and tried to show me the ropes. I liked following them around but the
people still scared me.
kept talking to me, I still didn't get it. I was, however, always very hungry,
something I always was at the puppy mill. Every time the new people showed me
food, they said Lilly. Pretty soon, every time I heard "Lilly", I
would look up and, sure enough, they would have some food for me. I watched the
other dogs a lot and soon I saw that when they said "Sam", my big
yellow friend came up and got a treat. When they said "Tucker", my
other yellow friend stepped up and got a treat and, sure enough, when they said
"Lilly", they had one for me. I really like being Lilly.
I am so glad I have Sam and Tucker
because this place called Home is very big and it's called a farm. There are
cats in the house and in the barn and guess what, they all like me. There are
some other animals, but they are very big and they are not the least bit afraid
of me. I bark and give them my meanest growl and they just look at me. I think
I heard someone say they were called horses.
morning, the people take Sam, Tucker and me to the barn to feed the horses. At
first, I did not like going to the barn, I had to be on a leash and gently
pulled along until we got to the barn. Then I learned there were treats in the
barn, too! I'm starting to like this place called Home.
I have learned a lot in
the 8 short weeks I have lived at this place called Home. Sam, Tucker and I all
have our own dog beds. Sam is the biggest, so he has the biggest bed. I like
Sam's bed best. I have learned if Sam is on his bed and if I stare at him long
enough, he will move over and make room for me or get up and give me his bed.
He is really nice to me.
people say I am a very good girl and they are happy they brought me Home. Some
days I am still afraid and I don't know why, but they say it's ok and then I
feel a little better.
know I have a lot more to learn about Home. I heard them talking about
something called swimming and Tucker was very excited about that. Then, they
said when it dried up a bit we could go for walks in the woods. This must be a
lot of fun because Sam got excited about this and he doesn't get excited very
other night, the people had some friends over for dinner. They always have
enough for everyone. Sam, Tucker and I always get a little something. I am not
very fussy; I'll eat just about everything, I even like bananas!!!! Well, back
to the other night and dinner, I was a little scared with all the people
around, but they were pretty quiet and it was OK. After dinner, they were
talking and I found it boring. They had put all the food away so I went into
the living room where my bed is. One of my people asked if anyone could see
where Lilly was and somebody said they could see her and she was sleeping all
stretched out on the sofa with her head on a pillow. My people thought he was
kidding but when they checked, sure enough, that is just what I was doing,
really like this place called Home.
Lilly (in the
pink vest) and her two brothers go for a Ride.
courtesy of Lilly's new mom
Yellow lab #1150 had been a breeder dog at
Pretty Penny Kennel, a Wisconsin
puppy mill, all her life. For some reason she stopped producing puppies, and
was lucky enough to be surrendered to the shelter. For more about her rescue,
please see: Sugar's Bakers: How Two
Elementary School Students Made a Difference for a Puppy Mill Survivor