Rascal the red
BostonTerrier enjoys bright summer days, ice cream and dog bone treats, and
long walks in the park. Here he is at a Mutt March fund-raiser, posing for
photos and showing off his new bandanna.
was rescued from a dumpster at a puppy mill auction in Missouri.
Yes, that's right,
this little pup was thrown away with the concession stand trash! Apparently, he
didn't sell that day and his liver coloring, which would disqualify him for
AKC breed standards, made him "useless" for
Rascal's Mom: "We adopted him at 4 months old. He was afraid to ride in
the car, afraid of people and afraid of just about anything that said boo in
the night. I am proud to say he is more confident and willing to meet
She also tells us,
"If no one has every fostered a puppy mill dog, they really should. It is
an experience beyond words."
As for Rascal--he
has found a wonderful Forever Home with Denise, walks proudly through crowds,
"mentors" new fosters in the household and garners compliments
wherever he goes because of his gorgeous coloring!
Denise, Rascal's Mom,
recently sent us these photos of Rascal and his friends Carmella and little
Leo. Rascal is now 14 years old and still "mentoring" new fosters
(most of whom are "worn out" puppy mill breeders like Carmella and
other commercial breeder surrenders). Rascal has taken a special interest in
Leo, a pup with serious problems due to hydroencephaly ("water on the
brain"). Leo would have been euthanized if Denise hadn't taken him. He is
a puppy, though; loves to romp and play and explore and in general BE. Rascal
does an excellent job "babysitting," keeping him safe and warm, and
letting him know he is loved.
In 2009, the
Wisconsin State Legislature unanimously passed Act 90, a law regulating dog
breeders and sellers in our state. Since Act
90/s.173.41, the WI Dog Seller Program went into effect in June 2011, most
breeders and sellers in Wisconsin have been regulated and have either given up
the business OR have come into compliance under ACT 90. However, puppy mills
are still going strong in other states, and many Wisconsin pet stores buy
puppies for resale from these unregulated out-of-state commercial breeding
facilities. Rascal, Carmella, and Leo want to remind you once again,
"PLEASE -- NEVER BUY A PUPPY FROM A PETSTORE!"
Exactly what does AKC/ UKC/ breed registration
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