I’ve told my boyfriend, Tim that when ever it came time for us to get a dog, we were rescuing, there was no other option. We live in NYC, but I am originally from Long Island, and North Shore Animal League has always been the place that I wanted to adopt from. So this Christmas Tim surprised me… WE WERE GOING TO NORTH SHORE!!!
I can’t even tell you how excited I was. So we went and we were looking at other dogs and nothing was clicking… then the manager told us that there was a dog in the back, a Pomeranian, who was rescued 10 days ago. She had an upper respiratory infection, but was in quarantine. No one had seen her yet. How lucky were we?
The manager really thought we would like her… and he was right. We agreed to see her… and well… it was LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT! I can’t even tell you how in love we were but… we knew she was ours.
She was so terrified. Instead of being aggressive or snippy or yippie, she was silent… and that just seemed strange. When we went over to her cage she looked like a pancake on the floor… she was flat with fear. Our poor baby was terrified… I didn’t know what to do? I decided to just let her do what she wanted and see what happened. Well, it turned out… well.
Here’s the rest of the story… when we got to her cage she was covered in dirt… we were told she was a victim of a Puppy Mill. We were kinda freaking out and didn’t. Needless to say, she was not in the prettiest of conditions. In the 10 days that had been taken in she had gotten spayed, treated for an ear infection, dental cleaning they had to pull out MANY of her teeth because she had never had any dental care before, and then treated for an upper respiratory infection on top of that. She obviously went through a lot… so I decided it was my responsibility to spoil her.
Once I got her into my hands she just stayed there. She fit perfectly into my arms. I couldn’t let her go. I said she was the one and Tim signed the papers. We adopted her Dec. 28 and that was the day our lives changed. Once we got her home we showed her, her new bed and she just slept.
Lily barely took any steps for 2 days, except to drink water and a little food. Fast forward almost a month and she has her hair growing back, shes running around, shes eating and is like Tim and I’s little shadow. Every day her personality is coming out more and more. Now that she is cleared to have doggy dates we are having her meet our friend who has a Frenchie so they can interact.
We were told that puppy mill dogs are good with other dogs, so we’re hoping she learns to play and gets some good exercise. She is terrified of the outside though. Hopefully when we get to Long Island at my parents house she’ll feel better in the wide open spaces and run around outside and experience life!!! I feel terrible that the first 5 years of her life were spent in a cage, but I am thrilled that I/we get to give her the next 10 that will be the best life any Pom could have. Thank you Lily for being part of our life.