This weeks rescue Pomeranian comes from Kansas! Her name is Penny and her “Pommy Mommy” Jennifer is going to tell us all about how Penny came to live with her and her family! Go grab your little cuddle buddy and get ready for a super happy “tail waggin” read!
We had just lost both of our old dogs to cancer, within 5 months of each other and were left heartbroken and wanting a new little companion. I just adore animals (I haven’t even eaten meat since I was a kid) and all of our pets have been rescues so far… we especially have a soft spot for the ones who wouldn’t normally get a good home. There are so many animals out there in shelters who are in need of a loving home, that I couldn’t feel good about going to a breeder. I know there are many breeders who are legitimately caring and good to their dogs, but it’s often hard to tell.
We looked for dogs on Petfinder.com for several weeks, but hadn’t thought to look for places near the lake house. That Thanksgiving weekend, we decided to search the local shelters down there and I saw Penny’s pic at a place called S.T.A.F.F. (Society for the Treatment of Abandoned and Fractured Friends), and I fell in love with her. I had always wanted a Pom, but I was doubtful at first that I would ever find one through a shelter, so I was excited when I saw Penny. I had no idea what kind of life she had lived until we called and talked to a staff member named Kris, who explained her story that before they got her she had lived her entire life in a cage, never feeling grass under her feet and she would take a lot of patience and love and still may never be like a normal dog. When we got to the shelter, all of the dogs were jumping and barking like crazy, except Penny, who was named Foxy at the time. She stood at the back of her cage and wagged her tail at me when I said hi to her, making my heart squeeze a little.
We adopted Penny from the shelter, where she had been for 2 years of her 4 year life. The other two years she was at a puppy mill, where over 250 dogs were rescued.
The people at the shelter told us that when they went to raid the puppy mill, they found dogs who were eating each other’s legs. It was that horrible… however despite all that she’s been through, Penny is a super sweet, but scared girl and never ever mean.
She had actually been adopted out before, but the family didn’t want to keep her and were going to sell her on Craigslist. Thankfully the shelter had found out what the evil people were planning to do and got her back again. The shelter thought she would stay for the rest of her life. The owner of the shelter was so kind, and said she would give us Penny free of charge, because they could tell that we could give her the kind of home she needed. I work from home and can be around her almost always, ensuring she has care and someone to let her outside when need be. We also adopted a chihuahua the same day and he has been teaching Penny how to become a “real dog.”
Penny’s such a wonderful addition to our family and I can’t imagine why anyone would want to treat her bad or try to get rid of her. It broke my heart when I found out she had lived almost her whole life in a cage and never had felt grass under her feet until the shelter took her in. She’s not always the most affectionate dog, understandably, but when she does give those little puppy licks or wags her tail, you feel like you just earned the most amazing reward.
We’ve had our pups since Thanksgiving and Penny has already come out of her shell quite a lot! I’m so proud of her and every little step she makes feels like a big victory.