Saving Gracie: How One Dog Escaped the Shadowy World of American Puppy Mills
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This touching narrative uses the poignant makeover of Gracie, a sickly Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, to tell the story of America's hidden puppy mills-commercial kennels that breed dogs in horrific living conditions and churn out often-diseased and emotionally damaged puppies for sale.
Saving Gracie chronicles how one little dog is transformed from a bedraggled animal worn out from bearing puppies into a loving, healthy member of her new family; and how her owner, Linda Jackson, is changed from a person who barely tolerated dogs to a woman passionately determined not only to save Gracie's life, but also to get the word out about the millions of American puppy mill dogs who need our help.
- A touching story of survival and redemption
- Written by award-winning journalist Carol Bradley
- Newsworthy issues call animal lovers to action
Join journalist Carol Bradley as she draws back the curtain on the world of illegal puppy production in Saving Gracie.
Given names, and in a matter of weeks some of the dogs began to answer back. Instead of retreating to the rear of their kennels, they trotted forward at the sound of someone’s approach, stood up on their hind legs and wagged their tails. To Lambert, watching their personalities emerge was like watching a flower bloom—something you would expect to see in a puppy, but rarely an adult dog. Dog 132 hung back. She still soiled her kennel and still stepped in her own feces. Emotionally, she.
Normally he charged $1,500 each for the puppies, but he would sell them the pair for $2,000. That sounded reasonable—the price was considerably less than the $3,000 a breeder in Baltimore was asking for a single Cavalier. The Hewitts’ only problem was that they planned to leave town in a few days. If they paid him a deposit, would Wolf be willing to hold the puppies until they returned? He agreed to do so, provided the couple paid extra for food. Mike wrote Wolf a check for $500, Laura snapped.
Never again had another accident. She also learned a couple of tricks. Erika taught Gracie to sit, and together, Linda and the girls instructed her on the fine art of bestowing kisses. “Gracie, gimme kiss,” they’d say to her, over and over. The first time she licked Linda’s face obligingly, they were so full of praise—“Yay, yay, Gracie!”—that before long she was dispensing kisses nonstop. When Linda dropped Erika off at camp the following summer, the nurse fussed over the Cavalier in Linda’s.
Dozen area shelters. A month later, 750 dogs, mostly Chihuahuas, were removed from a triple-wide trailer in Pima County, Arizona. The Humane Society of Southern Arizona estimated it would cost $400,000 to rescue and treat the dogs. Two months later, fifty-four Dachshunds needed to be placed when authorities closed a puppy mill in Rockport, Texas. While animal welfare groups were stepping up their vigilance, the country’s preeminent dog registry, the American Kennel Club, faced criticism for.
Seventeen Bests in Show and fifty-two Toy Groups, and walked off with the Pekingese Club of America specialty trophy. In 1976, he captured the Toy Group at Westminster, the pinnacle of dog shows. Top show dogs are extremely healthy and well socialized. They cannot win a show if they have temperament problems, if they are underfed or underexercised, are poorly groomed, or walk in a way that suggests poor structure. His raft of awards demonstrated that at that point in his career, Wolf knew.