Sarah Harris lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia. Like many of us on PommyMommy.com, her first four-legged friends were far from being Pomeranians.
“I grew up with cats, but always wanted a dog,” Sarah remembers. “I had my heart set on a small dog, and after researching different breeds I knew I wanted a bubbly little Pomeranian.”
We’ve been there, Sarah!
Sarah’s interest and dedication to the Pomeranian breed led her to Daisy, a sweet Pommy who was rescued from a breeder farm. Daisy’s rough early life made for some tough situations for both Daisy and Sarah, who was not only learning how to make an abused dog comfortable, but how to care for a dog in general. It’s because of Sarah’s perseverance and commitment to Daisy that we’re happy to have her as our Pommy Mommy of the week.
Here, Sarah tells the story of how she came to meet Daisy, and how over the past couple of years this pup has been reborn in a happy life of freedom, love, and attention. It all started with a long, patient search on Petfinder that lasted several months, until one day…
“… Daisy popped up,” Sarah begins her story. “She was formerly called Dori, because when you pick her up, she does this thing with her paws that looks like swimming. … I was actually able to put in an application and go meet her. Somehow, against the odds, I was chosen out of over 30 applicants to take her home. I couldn’t believe it.
“Daisy was VERY distrustful of and scared of humans when we first adopted her. She didn’t know how to walk on a leash, wasn’t potty trained and didn’t know how to play with toys or eat treats.
“Because of her rough start in life (and my inexperience with dogs!) the first few months with her were a challenge. We had to teach her everything, like how to potty outside and how to walk on a leash. We took her to training classes, and tried to show her how to play and eat treats. Slowly but surely, she started to come out of her shell.
“Today, she is a completely different dog. In the past two-and-a-half years, she has grown into the sweetest, happiest little girl! Going for walks, playing with toys and begging for treats are her favorite things. She doesn’t bark as much as other little dogs do, and she will happily sleep on the bed with us all night long. She ADORES all other animals, especially other dogs.
“She has so many hilarious quirks; she always lets out a loud belch after eating (cracks my husband and I up every time), she snores like a little piggy when she’s sleeping hard, and she spins when she wants something. She knows the words ‘walk,’ ‘outside,’ ‘hungry,’ and ‘play,’ and if I ask her if she wants to do any of those things, she’ll spin if the answer is yes. Nothing gives me more joy than seeing her little puff tail wagging!
“Everyone at her doggy daycare loves her and they always comment on how far she’s come. We’ve all loved getting to watch her blossom (and become extremely spoiled!). Now, she will confidently walk right up to people because she knows she’s going to get scratches and pets—and lots of adoring comments. We really got lucky with her!”