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Monday, March 14, 2011

An Update on our Sweet Timid Millie

I won the Puppy Lotto

I don’t remember much before I was rescued by boxer rescue in LA. I think I was about 8 months old, I know I was very scared and always shaking in fear and very scared, running with a pack and as I was lowest in the pecking order only had a few scraps to eat each day and sometimes nothing. It was not a good life, but I did my best to survive. I do remember injuring my paw.

When Boxer Rescue took me I was put in a large crate and there were many dogs there. I did get food each day and was taken out by the volunteers. As I was not used to people I would hide in the back of the crate and shake although they did their best to make me feel loved and cared for they only have a limited amount of time. No one wanted to adopt me as I did not look like a real boxer, even if I felt like one. I was very small, undershot jaw and still had my original tail. The fact that I was always frightened and shaking did not encourage anyone to take me.

Then one day the lady from Vancouver, Canada that finds homes for dogs came down to take some dogs back to Canada and went by my crate. Although I was not scheduled to be taken to Canada she felt sorry for me and was sure she would find me a home and the next thing I knew I was in a plane, in the crate on my way to Vancouver. It was very scary for me.

When I arrived I was taken by one of the dog trainers from Sit Happens Dog Training to her home with her 2 dogs as she had volunteered to work with me to make me “adoptable”. She was so patient and kind to me and after a few weeks I felt safe and cared for and I could now act like a real dog. Although I still felt scared she took me for walks every day, gave me food and treated me like her own dogs.

Then one day at the park another lady and her husband came to take me, they had agreed to adopt me and took me home with them. Again I was scared as I just go used to the other home. When I arrived at their home I was greeted by their 7 year old boxer (Emma) and immediately she thought I was a baby they brought home for her. Worked for me. She licked me all over and within a day I realized that she was my new Mom and that I was safe.

It took some time for me to get used to everything, but my owners were very patient and kind with me and my new Mom gave me all her toys and food and is always by my side. Since I have been here I have put on 22 lbs. and am starting to look like a real boxer. I am also allowed to bark.

I am now a very happy dog, I know I have a forever home, a boxer bodyguard and even thought I have chewed a few things, and had a couple of accidents (not my fault) my owners take it in their stride and continue to work with me. I am so lucky and happy. Every day I go for a walk, get lots to eat and play with my bodyguard. Life is good.

I know that I would not be in my forever home without the kindness and dedication of the volunteers and Boxer Rescue and I thank everyone for taking the time to care for a little homeless puppy.

So you see I did win the puppy lotto.


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