Adopting a Puppy Mill Survivor
A friend of mine is considering adopting a couple of rescue dogs that came from puppy mills. Both are about 7 years old, female, and in the same foster home. One is a Maltese mix and the other a Havanese. The little Maltese is missing all but 2 of her teeth. According to the foster mom, the two have become pals. Have any of you adopted a puppy mill dog, and what was your experience? Obviously, they both have trust issues and potty training issues. I've adopted many "damaged" animals over the years, and my belief is that with love and time, animals are amazingly resilient. So, of course, I'm encouraging her. But, I have not adopted a puppy mill dog, and we all know the horrendous conditions those poor dogs come from. I'd appreciate anyone's account of firsthand experience. My friend doesn't have access to internet until next week and is not an internet nerd like I am, so I offered to ask the question and do a little research to help her out.
Thx in advance,
Betsy and Mary
P.S. Yes, she's had dogs before.