our new family member! Mabel was finally properly bathed and groomed so out we went into the yard for a mini photo shoot. As a side note you can envision the scene of a newly cleaned, trimmed pretty dog and nice evening light. Add to that that this dog doesn’t know any commands like sit or stay yet, a four year old who keeps running in the background and a one year old who, at times, was quite literally hanging off my back.
But back to Mabel, our pretty girl is a 95lb Landseer Newfoundland. I want to thank Susan and Ann with the South Central Newfoundland Rescue and her great foster Mom, Candy! Mabel’s life really began in January when she was, thankfully, turned over to the rescue from an Amish puppy mill in Ohio. We don’t know anything about Mabel’s life there except that the rescue was told that they were getting rid of her because her milk didn’t come in when she had a litter of puppies. Our vet has estimated her age at about 2 1/2 – 3 years old and we expect that Mabel wasn’t treated super great in that time. It’s the dogs like Mabel that suffer the most from puppy mills, kept in a crate just to breed puppies for money without a family to love, a yard to play in and walks to go on. It makes me super sad to think of the other Mama dogs still there because their milk does come in. Mabel’s only been with us for a couple of weeks but she’s already settling in and getting more comfortable with us. We plan to give her the life she, and every dog, deserves!
I pray for a day when laws will prevent puppy mills, more and more people will turn to rescues and shelters for puppies/dogs whether they are purebred or mixes and those who can will foster, volenteer or donate. So far this has been a very rewarding experience for us and Mabel has been exactly what we wanted and needed! 🙂
peace & pictures,