“We are overjoyed with Sully and love him so much! He has really trained himself, and I’ve had to do very little but provide love and attention for him,” says Sully’s new mom.
Sullivan (Sully) had no name for all of the six years he spent as a breeding dog in a Midwest puppy mill. He was just a number, a commodity, kept in a cage and used by the mill owner to produce puppies that looked like him for the pet store and Internet puppy trade. If things weren’t bad enough for the little guy, he just didn’t feel good. He had a serious heart problem that required expensive surgery — something the mill owner was not about to do.
Enter National Mill Dog Rescue, a PEDIGREE Foundation grant recipient. NMDR is a leader in the hands-on rescue of dogs like Sully — dogs that should be family pets but are stuck instead in thousands of substandard commercial breeding operations around the country.
Sully was among a number of dogs the mill owner released to NMDR’s rescue team last January. After successful heart surgery and some time to adjust from his past life, he was picked from all the other dogs at the kennel to be the one and only pet in his very own family.
Sully’s mom reports he is working very hard at learning how to fit in. He potty-trained himself in the first few days and is doing great on his daily walks. “He is so sweet and loving, and he has really blossomed since he’s been in our home,” she said.
Sully sleeps beside the big bed, and the morning time is very special, as when he wakes up he peeps at his mom, and they spend morning coffee time in bed cuddling. It doesn’t get any better than this for a dog who had no future at the mill.
Jan Shellhammer, Grants Manager
National Mill Dog Rescue