Originally Posted by DanaRuns
Well, that must be my fault. I think I kind of struck that tone when I started the thread. I did not mean to denigrate the dogs. They don't have any choice in how they are born. I meant only to denigrate the breeders.
I have four rescues right now, and I love them all to pieces. And one of them is a real mess. There is nothing physically about her that conforms to the breed standard, and she is probably going to have health problems her whole life. Yet, she is the sweetest, most loving dog there is, and I love her and am so glad I have her. Her breeder, however, should sink to the bottom of the ocean in cement overshoes.
I'll throw a couple of more perspectives into this. I use to help a GR Rescue that I adopted my girl from. My girl is a former puppy mill momma girl, she was not socilalized, had been abused both verbally and physically, had numerous health issues which the Rescue paid for all her treatments. It was left up to me and my husband to heal her emotional wounds and it was a very long, slow journey for her. She still has some issues today-she is afraid of most men which has led me to believe her abuser was a male. But she is healthy, very happy, and we absolutely adore her even though she will never be 100%. Her emotional scars are so deep, she doesn't trust people she doesn't know.
The GR Rescue I helped, took in several dogs that had come from a Breeder in the town that should not have been breeding. The dogs we took in had severe hip displaysia and required extensive surgeries on at least one hip if not both. We took in several of them, and one went to a GR Rescue in SC because we didn't have the funds to take on another one at the time.
The owners of these dogs surrendered them to the Rescue because they could not afford the cost of the surgeries.