Gail the Bernese Mountain Dog
looked healthy and beautiful when she went on the block at the 22 September
2007 Thorp Dog Auction -- her coat was very shiny and soft. However, her red,
swollen eyes told another story.
Gail's purchaser was at the
auction only to protest, with no intention of buying a dog. However, after
seeing that Gail could hardly stand, and there was an Amish man bidding on the
pup, the protester took a more active role and, in turn, bid against him. She
"won" Gail for $135 -- likely saving this 9-month-old pup from a
short, miserable life as a mill breeder. When it came time to take her home,
the dog was so terrified that it took several people to get her into the
Up close, Gail's new mom
"could see the dog's eyelashes growing from the inside out. The front dew
claws were also protruding and sore. I assume that they tried to remove them,
and did a butcher job. At the vet, they took an x-ray of her hips and found
that she had severe bilateral hip dysplasia.... When the time comes, she will
need total hip replacement. .
"We also had a difficult
time breaking her of poop eating, or even getting her to eat/drink out of a
bowl. She insisted on eating off of the floor for several months.
"We are happy to report
that she has turned into a confident, loving, nurturing dog. I must also say
that she is quite the bed hog. It is so wonderful to finally see her act like a
For more information on
rehabilitating puppy mill survivors, please see:
Puppy Mill Survivors: A Guide to
Caring for Unsocialized Mill Dogs .
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