I had just signed up as a weekend foster and had fostered my first pair of dogs when Last Hope purchased 29 dogs in a puppy mill auction. Crystal asked me if we would be interested in fostering one of them, so I loaded up the boys and we headed out to the shelter to meet them. I let my boys pick the dog we would foster, and my oldest picked a little doxie that was running loose in the shelter. My son said it was because he was the quietest.
Come to find out, it was this cute little guy, whom you may have seen a picture of if you have been following Last Hope for a while. So we loaded him up in a kennel and brought him home – with him barking and whining all the way! So much for the quiet dog!
My boys decided to name him Hundley, after the dog on the Curious George cartoon, who is also a doxie.
When we got him home, the first thing we did was give him a bath. His coat was pretty rough and he was a little stinky. After a bath, his coat was beautiful, but he was still stinky. But it wasn’t his coat that smelled, it was his breath. His teeth were so rotten and awful from being in the puppy mill, it was making his breath awful!
After getting over the fact that I gave him a bath, he became my little buddy quickly! He was such a snuggler and followed me around everywhere! His only downfall is he was 9 years old and not house broken because he had spent his life in a puppy mill.
Shortly after we brought Hundley home, we took him to Animal Kingdom in North Liberty to be neutered and have surgery for his teeth. In the end, he had all but 2 teeth removed and had an infection. So we came home with painkillers, antibiotics, mouthwash and a dog that couldn’t have been happier. He adjusted quickly to missing his teeth and I’m sure felt much better without them.
After two potential adoptions fell through, we (along with another of the puppy mill rescues, Rusty) met up with a wonderful family – a retired couple, their son and the two doxies they already had. It was a match made in heaven and in the end, this family adopted both of them! I couldn’t have asked for a better family, having someone home almost all of the time = little kennel time for them. The family has reported to me that Hundley is following the son around everywhere and that Rusty will be spending the winter in Florida with the parents. They get to go on family walks, have been house training and have buddies for life!
I still miss the little guy – sometimes I wish we would have kept him – but we work all day and I knew he was much better off where he could spend most of his life outside a kennel!
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