I thought I would share this story, I read so many wonderful things from you guys and what you do. Admittedly I am not in rescue, I'm a breeder, but I did have a rescue just over 1 1/2 years ago.
My girlfriend called me, another breeder, who was leaving an abusive marriage. She was not able to take the dogs, needed urgent help. She cried to me that the dogs were being abused too and of course I said load them, drive here, the gate is open. I was sick. A few hours later she pulled in and we set up an area for all her dogs. They were so scared,beautiful labs, she is a true breeder. There were a few younger, a few older. I called our vet and we made arrangements to spay/neuter who we had to, place them into wonderful homes through the clients I know and word of mouth. That part worked incredibly. They went to sincerely amazing homes. Today each and every one of them is terrific.
There was one though, as I type I tear, her eyes were different, she was so pathetically sad, thin, shaking,so scared and yet you could just look into her eyes and see something was just "different". I suggested that we actually keep her. She had a beautiful pedigree, was just a beautiful Labrador. There was just something about her. We spent so much time showing her love, she was so afraid of men and a broom stick when she saw it. We started seeing the changes in about a month.
Then, in a few months she was really wagging her tail again, happy, not as scared though she would cower down at times when men were around or when we went to pet her. On we went working through this. Low and behold as if over night, she became a different dog. All of a sudden she started doing this "happy dance" (as we call it). We were so suprised.
After having her for about 9 months I had her eyes ACVO checked,she was clear, then did her hips and elbows both Good and clear. Then we Optigen tested her and she was A. I could not believe it. I decided to let her have a litter of pups and see how it went. It was THE BEST decision. At this point we had her for a little over a year working through all the trauma she had undergone. As if to say "thank you for what you did for me", her litter of puppies were stunning, she's gorgeous, and she is a totally different dog. Being a mother seemed to be something that helped with recovery. She LOVED IT. She is quite literally not the same dog and does not run from men or a broom stick today.
We call her our "happy dog" with the "happy dance". She is the funniest most wonderful animal and will be with us for the duration. Below is a picture of both she and her litter.
Love, kindness, it does make a difference. And, I have to tell you rescue folks, it's one of the best feelings I personally have had in many many years. You all are incredible with what you do. God bless you all.
She's a beautiful dog, and her puppies are the sweetest little things. I think it's hard to beat a Lab puppy for cuteness! Good for you, and she's a lucky lady to have a friend like you who had the will, and the recources, facility, to do that. Good one!
I just couldn't let this one go. What kind of true breeder would let her dogs be abused? If you don't rescue why are you breeding? Aren't you one of those self proclaimed "professional" breeders? Why did the bitch you kept have to have a litter to pay you back for keeping her?? What makes you any different then a byb? Because you do testing?
nansyorkies, I am pretty sure it is safe to assume from your post that you, yourself have never been in a abusive situation. Until you have lived through it, you can not even imagine what it is like. I am glad the woman who owned the dogs was able to find the strenght to escape this situation that she and her dogs were in. That she was willing to give up the dogs she loved in order to give them a chance at a safe and happy life. As far as Savannah breeding the female, it sounds as like she made a total recovery. And being that this particular female was an asset to the gene pool, it would be a shame to remove such a dog from a breeding program. After substantial private conversations with Savannah, she is a responsible, caring breeder. YOU know if there were more breeders like her, there would be no need to rescue. If every breeder took back everydog they ever bred with no questions asked, and sold all pet puppies with spay/neuter contracts, the number of dogs in shelters would greatly decline.
He's your friend,your partner,your defender your dog.You are his life,his love,his leader. He will be yours faithful and true to the last beat of his heart.You owe it to him to worthy of such devotion
Windy, first I want to say I have been in an abusive relationship and though it all I never let my dogs be abused. I applaud savannah for taking her "true breeder" friends dog in and finding them good homes. What I don't understand is breeding a bitch because she has fully recovered from her abuse. Wouldn't it be more fair to spay her and just love her? I feel the only reason she was kept was to breed her!!
Nancy, as respectfully as I can possibly say this, you are so far off base, truly polar opposite reality vs your thoughts. I apologize, I am not running from your comments, I just dont care to answer or have the conversation.
Nan, as someone who usually engages with a lively debate with Savannah, Ihave taken the time to engage in pms with her and could no more believe what you accuse her of than believe the grass is pink. While I do not always share her point of view, she has almost always expressed her views in a courteous manner. You are way off base and owe her an apology for the attack.
Of course I have intact dogs, absolutely I do. Numerous actually.
This was the best decision and I will now tell you what I just told 2 others and sincerely I'm not going further.
It calmed her, gave her a sense of focus, taught her to trust. My husband really worked with she and the pups. She is totally a different dog. It's not even something I can explain because really I have not experienced this before. We thought long and hard, worked with not only my vet but asked a nationally known fertility specialist what he thought given her situation. We did all our home work. I would do it all over again. In this case, was truly the right thing to do.
I can not respond to other things you said, I find them ... well lets just leave it at this, on a good note.
I'm sorry Nan, I said that wrong because I was a little taken back. I have both... intact and not. I was referring to having numerous dogs that are spayed. Sorry for the wrong information.
Sorry nansyorkies, I could'nt let this one go. It's really hard to understand where such a venemous response could come from, but regardless of the source you just insulted Savannah to the hilt, and since I consider myself a 'true breeder' as well,I would think a bit before saying truly hurtful comments like the ones you made today. "What kind of true breeder would let her dogs be abused?" How is a woman to protect her dogs, when she can't protect herself? This abused woman escaped from this * - with her dogs. How does being a 'true breeder' have anything to do with the fact that the woman could or could not be a victim of abuse? If she could'nt protect herself, how was she to protect her dogs at the same time? Or was she supposed to hold up a sign saying 'I'M A TRUE BREEDER' YOU CAN'T HIT ME, OR MY DOGS. That's asinine. 'If you don't rescue, why are you breeding?' Are you trying to say that all breeders have to belong to a rescue organization? Why do dog breeders breed dogs in the first place, or do you know the answer to that question? If there were more breeders like Savannah around, rescue organizations would be looking for something else to rescue. I suppose you missed the posting in which a St. Bernard was found on the highway, and sent to a rescue. Savannah would have gone to the ends of the earth to give that dog a home. Are you trying to say I better be involved with a rescue club or I can't breed Boston's? Who are you to tell anyone what they can or can't do when you don't know them from a hole in the ground? What is a 'self proclaimed professional breeder? A dog breeder is either responsible or not and I'm not going to explain the difference. A professional does'nt need to self proclaim anything. Their dogs, reputation and clientele speak for themselves, and Savannah does'nt need to even open her mouth. Her dogs are living proof of her undeniable professionalism and responsible breeding practices. 'Why did the bitch you kept have to have a litter - to pay you back for keeping her?' Do you know how disgusting I find that, and the fact that you could be that vindictive as to write those words? That bitch did'nt HAVE to have a litter. Savannah felt it would only help her on her journey of amazing improvement, and she is an exquisite dog, with impeccable health, and an exemplary pedigree. Savannah had absolutely no need or inclination whatsoever to be 'PAID BACK'. Your last comment just makes my blood boil, asking her (Savannah) what makes her different from a BYB, and the snide answer about testing. You don't have a bloody clue about what Savannah does, how she raises her dogs, what kind of facilities she owns, what kind or how much testing she does, what kind of preparation her prospective puppy owners go through, how many vets she utilizes, each with their own area of expertise, nor do you grasp the concept of limited registration. Savannah is about as much a BYB as I am the Queen of England; so I'd say there's a significant difference between your miserable comments and the actual truth.
***Edited By: pyrmom on 7/28/2007 5:25:04 AM*** Reason: *
What a beautiful story. She is truly blessed with a good friend. There are not too many people would have done what you did for this woman. Give advice yes, but to take someone in and her dogs you are a good friend. The dog is so pretty and her puppies are absolutely precious.
Pen2. An apology was made, and accepted three hours ago....
Savannah. Anytime we can do a good thing for an animal, we should do it. You not only helped those dogs, but also a friend in her time of need. Its wonderful to know there are people willing to do what you did. Alot of people would not have wanted to be bothered with so many dogs, let alone even one.
If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail.
Sanannah, All i got to say is your a WONDERFUL person. That was a BEAUTIFUl story!!! Beautiful dog and puppies. I glad all is good. I have one Lab myself i had a black one it passed a year ago. Labs are wonderful dogs. I have never had a better dog IMO !! Other people may think different !!! Sanannah you have a big heart full with love !!
And for the nan story, I don`t want to get started. LOL !!! Wonderful story !!!!
He is ur friend, ur partner, ur defender, your DOG. You r his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful & true, 2 the last beat of his heart. You owe it 2 him 2 be worthy of such devotion