On the day she was rescued from the puppy mill, Gwinnie’s life began to change in a wondrous way. But she had no way of knowing that … and she was terrified. Throughout her seven long years living in a cage, Gwinnie knew nothing but abuse and suffering and her job was simply to produce puppies to be sold in pet stores across the country. She experienced heartache after heartache as her puppies were taken from her too soon; they needed to be young and cute in order to sell for maximum profit. Prior to being rescued, Gwinnie never knew the gentle touch of a human hand, she never heard a soft voice, she never received medical care. She only knew fear and survival.
But during her years in the mill Gwinnie had a friend, and that friend was Teddy. When she was rescued by National Mill Dog Rescue, so was Teddy … and they comforted one another throughout all the uncertainty and terror that was this strange new world outside the mill. It wasn’t long before Gwinnie and Teddy found their forever home – together – and they thrived on the love their adoring family gave them. Gwinnie’s scraggly and matted fur soon became a lush and beautiful golden coat, and the fear in her eyes diminished. Although she would often hide behind her brave Teddy and worry when a stranger came to her house, Gwinnie finally knew she was safe … and she knew she was loved.
Sadly, the abuse and neglect she suffered in the mill had taken its toll and beautiful Gwinnie passed away on October 3, 2016. Her heartbroken family misses her dearly and is still trying to accept her loss … but nobody will miss Gwinnie as much as her soul mate, Teddy.
Strange as it may seem, in many respects Gwinnie was one of the lucky ones … she was rescued (with her soulmate, no less) and she knew great love, happiness and freedom before her life ended.
Sadly, there are hundreds of thousands of breeding dogs living in puppy mills who will never get the chance that Gwinnie had.
“Run in paradise, Gwinnie. Your life mattered, and you are missed more than you know.”