FAQ’s on Schnauzerfest!

What is Schnauzerfest?

Schnauzerfest is a charity supporting and paying for medical treatment for schnauzers and other dogs coming from Puppy Farms.

How are you linked to Schnauzerfest?

Penny was rescued from a puppy farm late last year. she had a heart murmur which she went to a specialist to check it. This alone cost a lot of money. I then started campaigning with them. I now help run their Instagram and lots of other things.

How can I support Schnauzerfest?

On October the 13th and 14th they host walks all over the UK and Australia which fundraise for DBARC. this year we have some VIP’s coming to the Barry Island walk and over 300 schnauzers coming to that walk alone. there are lots more walks which I have linked to below!

Look for your local walk here!

Donate to schnauzerfest!

Schnauzerfest homepage!

The creator of schnauzerfest!

Schnauzerfest Instagram!

Schnauzerfest twitter!

 

 

 

PUPPY FARM Q&A WITH A PUPPY BOUGHT FROM ONE! WINNIE!

On Instagram we have been talking to our friend Alex and her dog Winnie. Winnie is a Pomeranian who was bought from a puppy farm. I asked Alex a few questions about Winnie as you will se below.
But first you need to go and follow them on Instagram HERE.

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Q; What have you noticed is different from Winnie to other dogs?

A; Winnie almost completely ignores other dogs, it is like they do not exist. If they come near her, she will often snap at them but that is through fear not aggression. She is also frightened of many things, ie. overhanging trees so we can’t walk along river banks, people walking towards us so we can’t walk along pavements.

Winnie is a loving dog but seeing her so frightened of everything is very upsetting & not good for her. She gets stressed very easily, her tail goes down between her legs, she starts panting & appears to sweat from between the pads on her feet but you can only see that on certain floors. If we go somewhere like Action Petz, the stress if it’s busy, causes her to be exhausted like she has been running for hours. I also take her to do training classes because she is then in a room with lots of other dogs but they are all under control & she knows she is safe there. She is good at dog training & enjoys it but because she won’t play in front of other dogs, she won’t fetch her dumbbell for the Retrieve or go out & pick up her scent cloth even though she knows my scent. I find this quite sad when she will do it when there aren’t other dogs around. Winnie only has one dog friend, Mr Tom (as pictured with Winnie below) she really likes him & will lay down & sleep next to him but she has never played with him like normal dogs do. When we were on holiday together, she ran onto the beach next to him & into the sea but never actually played. I make sure she sees him at least once a week as I think its important.

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Q; What problems has Winnie faced after coming from a puppy farm?

A; Winnie was sold as a 10 week old puppy but any food she ate on her first day with us caused her to have the runs, we took her to the Vets first thing on Monday morning & the vet said “you will be lucky if she is 4 weeks old” We had to buy her special food & she just cried for days, for her Mum & other siblings, she was one of 4 pups. But she survived. I believe she is frightened of other dogs because she never learned social skills from playing at an early age. because people see me carring Winnie a lot they think that Winnie doesn’t like walking but it’s not that, she just gets less stressed if I pick her up. Winnie has climbed Pen-y-fan in the Breacon Beacons twice.

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Q; What were the main signs that Winnie was from a puppy farm?

A; Her age when she was sold is the main thing. She was bought from a really nice house in Bury Port, Carmarthenshire. Her mother & 2 brothers & 1 sister were there. But looking back, it was TOO CLEAN & didn’t smell of 4 puppies urinating everywhere which it should. I believe that she was bred somewhere else & taken to that house to make it look as though she was from an ordinary family home

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Q; Do you think that puppy farms are bad places for dogs

A; yes, puppy farms are so bad, the mothers are bred too near death, there is no medical care for mothers or pups, they are kept in cages, sold to soon etc. The list is endless.
As you have seen from Alex and Winnies interview you will have noticed that things for Winnie have been far from normal for a dog .Puppy farms don’t just affect the mums and dads, the affect the puppies that come out of it too!

You can see some more of Alex, Winnie and some of Mr Tom’s adventures by following their Instagram which you can look at HERE

Penny’s quirks

In this blog post I am going to tell you about Penny’s quirks after coming from a puppy farm and how it affects her daily life. I will also tell you what I think may have influenced this at the puppy farm.

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1. Jumping at sudden sounds and movements.
If you knock something over or you squeeze a water bottle she will jump and there are lots more examples of this. This became apparent when we first met Penny with Jannetta Harvey (check out her blog ). One of us knocked the metal umbrella that was up (as it was a very hot day) and she crouched down, froze and almost jumped. I think this started because in the puppy farm, the puppy farmers may have been quite noisy and when the dogs heard these noises they became worried that the puppy farmer would take their puppies away or scold them. Or because the dogs were kept in the pens with no interaction then all of a sudden there would be lots of interaction. Maybe some big men with big heavy boots stomping around, doors slamming and throwing things around. Also, most of the farms were rural so all of a sudden there would be a big commotion. They also are not associated with household sounds at a young age anyway. But then again, most dogs would be scared of loud noises near them, like Frankie is scared of motorbikes, buses and lorries.

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2. Chewing leads.

When Penny is on a lead she will first of all freeze and sniff the lead. But if we walk in front of her and the lead is up against her she will start to chew it. She has nearly broken several leads so a trip to the pet shop to get leads is soon to be necessary! I think this is because she was once tied up on a rope and she tried to chew her way out. Also maybe she was tied up and chewed because of boredom and that then became a habit. She probably wasn’t familiarised with a lead and collar at a young age so gets nervous of it.

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3. Freezing at the start of walks.
At the start of walks penny will always freeze for 1-2 minutes. She is not sniffing, or urinating she just stands still and stares. We think she is just paralysed with fear and her mind just shuts down. This could be that she still is not used to going out for walks and wasn’t familiarised with a lead and collar at a young age. I think this was because she didn’t go on walks and was enclosed in an environment that didn’t change so had no exposure to the outside world. She didn’t learn skills on how to deal with changes of environment when she was a puppy so she just is unsure.

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4. Scared of cars.

We think this one is like her quirk number one so just read that one again for more information.

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5. Scared of passing people or people walking behind her.

When people let her pass them on walks she will just stand still as she prefers to be at the back with no one behind her. We think this is because in the puppy farms the dogs would get pulled by their tails. Also because she has that unsurity of what is actually behind her. She also probably got scolded from the back in the puppy farm.

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6. Penny always seems to want food and water

I know what you’re thinking, that all dogs want food and water constantly but Penny is OBSESSED! On the first few days penny would be back and forth to the water bowl only drinking a small amount because she knew it was always there. In the puppy farm we don’t think she was given much water as the puppy farm. The same goes for food but it wasn’t always full! But wen it was full she would gobble down the food very quickly. In less than 30 seconds she would have eaten a whole bowl that would have taken Frankie 5 minutes to finish.

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“THE END OF PUPPY FARMING”? Lucy’s law has been agreed in the UK parliament.

What is Lucy’s Law?
Lucy’s law is a law that is now in action in England. It was created because Lisa Garner adopted a cavalier king Charles spaniel from a puppy farm, she inspired the law to ban all 3rd party puppy or kitten sales, which includes: pet shops, online dealers and puppy farms. Lucy, the dog who inspired the law, made a difference as she had fused hips and a curved spine from being caged. She was also malnourished, had epilepsy, bald patches and “her skin smelt like burning flesh from the ammonia in urine.”

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Environment Secretary Michael Gove said “A ban on third party sales will ensure the nation’s much-loved pets get the right start in life. I pay tribute to the Lucy’s Law campaign, spearheaded by PupaidCare And Respect Includes All Dogs (CARIAD), and Canine Action UK , who have fought tirelessly for this step. It comes after the prominent Lucy’s Law campaign to end the scandal of animals being bred in cruel conditions and transported long distances to be sold. People who have a complete disregard for pet welfare will no longer be able to profit from this miserable trade.”

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This also addresses puppy smuggling which is also a major problem. read my blog post about it HERE
However, I believe that this isn’t the only step that needs to be taken. Puppy farms are still legal in Wales, Scotland and Ireland. When talking to some owners of Puppy farm dogs, most seem to say that their dog was saved from a puppy farm in Ireland or west wales or rural Scotland. Very rarely do I hear of puppy farm dogs from England.

I also think that the puppy farmers will find a way around this as they can be very sneaky, the government can barely combat financial fraud in my eyes let alone Puppy Farming. I believe that the farmers will go more rural and hide from the police and still be breeding dogs, or take the dogs over seas and illegally import them which is still happening.

If this law does succeed , which I hope it does, the general public need to help as well. They need to become aware of puppy farms and help combat them too. They need to know how to look out for suspicious dealers and puppy farms and what sort of questions to ask.
But this is amazing news for the puppy farming community who is ecstatic that their profile is rising and more people are becoming aware. This will certainly save a lot of dogs lives even if there is more that can be done. This law will stop some puppy farmers (who aren’t quite as smart!) who just wont think of a way around it!
Frankie and Penny love you, go rescue a puppy farm dog.

Animal Rescues in Barbados

So I’m currently in Barbados but I still wanted to share something with you, sorry it’s short but it carries an important message!
While in Barbados I have seen lots of dogs here which mainly seem to be mix breeds. You don’t see any fashionable breeds such as pugs and long-haired breeds, I guess it’s just too hot for them. However, lots of places that I have been sell tote bags to raise money for The Ark Animal Welfare Society Barbados. This then peaked my interest in animal rescues in a country that makes most of its money via tourism. IMG_3078.JPG
I looked on The Ark Animal Welfare Society’s website to see what they were all about.
The Ark is a non-profit animal welfare society which was created in 1989 in Barbados. It is a registered charity. They are a multi-national group which is based on animal rights. They rescue, rehabilitate and re-home stray and unwanted dogs in Barbados with a no kill policy. They also rehome and find foster families for cats until they find their forever home. They also have an amazing mission statement which is as follows “To raise awareness of the needs of animals. To protect them and promote their well-being by encouraging, through education, positive relationships between animals and people.”
They have lots of dogs for adoption too.
This is Angel who is only a year old, she’s a very friendly dog who is very good with children and other dogs.

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What about Tommy who is 9 years old. He has been at the rescue for a long time and is desperate for a home. He was found as a Puppy on the coast of Barbados and the Ark is the only safe and kind home he has ever had. He is quite a shy lad but absolutely adores you when he gets to know you.

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Maybe Misty and Bernie will show you how amazing this centre is. They came to the centre in early 2017 as their owner was moving to a town house that didn’t allow dogs. They are honestly the sweetest and friendliest dogs that have ever walked the earth. All they want is a safe, kind and loving home together.

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Or maybe 2-year-old terrier Joey, who is extremely playful and loves stomping around with his toys. He adores other dogs and needed the shelter to help him come out of his shell. Joey is small in size but huge in personality and is a bit like a miniature German Shepherd!

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You can see all of these dogs and more on their website, which you can view  HERE.
The ark is a non-profit organisation after all and needs your help! You can sponsor a dog HERE or donate HERE.

They have more shelters in Barbados as well such as Rescue me.
Rescue me finds homes for dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, rodents , reptiles and amphibians. You can donate to them HERE.

Even if you live in one part of the world there are still dogs that need YOUR help in another part.

Puppy Smuggling & Brachycephalic Breeds

While learning about puppy farming in this last year or so a lot of things along with puppy farming have been brought to my attention that aren’t puppy farms such as extenuating features on dogs ( such as flat faced breeds) and puppy farms. In this blog post I will be talking about said problems. In this blog post I will be talking about Puppy Smuggling. I have looked on lots of different websites to answer these questions for you and all websites are linked below!
Q; What is Puppy Smuggling?
A; Underhand dealers import ‘designer’ breeds such as Pug puppies, Dachshund puppies, French Bulldog puppies, English Bulldog puppies and Chow Chow puppies. Pups are separated from their mothers when they are weeks old because they look smaller and cuter, and can be sold for lots of money, especially in the weeks before Christmas.
Breeders and vets in countries where puppies are born – in a well-oiled network of crime and deception – fake dogs’ documents so they can be imported. Some pups have no vaccinations at all, posing a serious health risk to people here.

Puppies travel in cramped and filthy conditions, sometimes for 30 hours at a time, with little food or water. Some puppies vomit and eat their own faeces during transport, whilst others die on the journey
Q: How do we tell if a dog has been smuggled?
A: Ask lots of questions such as an I see the mum and pups together? Can I see the environment the pups grew up in? if you are refused any of these things then don’t buy the dog. Also visit the dog’s multiple times. Walk away if you are unsure and report anything unusual to a rescue and the police. Don’t meet a puppy anywhere but the puppies home. Don’t buy a puppy from a breeder who can have multiple breeds on demand. Don’t buy a dog that looks too young or underweight.
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Flat faced breeds of dogs (brachycephalic dogs) and their problems
Q; What does brachycephalic mean?
A; The scientific word that vets use to describe short-nosed or flat-faced dogs is ‘brachycephalic’. This comes from two Greek words meaning ‘short’ and ‘head’.
Brachycephalic describes any dog whose muzzle looks like it has been flattened or squashed inwards. Their bottom jaw is disproportionately longer than their upper jaw, and the dog may look as though their lower jaw sticks out.

Q; what problems do they get?
A; Breathing problems
Brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS) – also known as brachycephalic syndrome – is common in flat-faced dogs. The ability to breathe normally is commonly a struggle for dogs with this syndrome.
Heart problems
Shortened and narrowed airways result in laboured breathing meaning that these dogs constantly struggle to cope with a lack of oxygen in the bloodstream.
This puts a strain on the dog’s heart and makes them more susceptible to secondary heart problems.
Tooth problems
Dog breeds have been selectively bred over many generations to meet certain characteristics, and those bred to have a shortened upper jaw still have the same number of teeth as those of their species with longer snouts (adult dogs have 42 teeth).
Because they have to fit these teeth into a much smaller area, their teeth can overlap, increasing the risk of decay and gum disease.
Skin and ear problems
The shape of their heads means that these dogs often have deep skin folds around their eyes and narrowed ear canals.
These are poorly ventilated which tends to encourage yeast infections so these areas can become very sore.
Eye problems
Many of these dogs have prominent eyes so their tear film doesn’t spread properly and they are very vulnerable to injury.
They easily develop ulcers on the eye which can easily result in loss of an eye if untreated.
Mating and giving birth
High numbers of some brachycephalic breeds struggle to give birth naturally.
English and French bulldogs commonly need Caesarean sections when their pups are ready to be born because selective breeding has caused a mismatch between the puppies’ large heads and the mothers’ birth canal. Vets call this ‘dystocia due to foetal-pelvic disproportion’.
While some bulldogs are able to give birth naturally, 86 per cent of English bulldog puppies, and over 80 per cent of French bulldog puppies, are delivered by C-section in the UK (Evans and Adams, 2010).
Without assisted births, these bulldog mothers would likely die in pain during the birth and their offspring are unlikely to survive, too.
Caesareans are major operations for any dog, but the risk increases for dogs who suffer from brachycephalic-related breathing problems.
Neurological problems
Brachycephalic breeds can suffer from neurological (brain) problems because of their generally compressed skull shape.
Syringomyelia is the most common of these; this is a painful condition where cavities or cysts form in the spinal cord. It is most often seen in Cavalier King Charles spaniels.
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Both of these things come along with puppy farms as sometimes puppy farms aren’t ‘stocked’ enough with dogs so have to bring more dogs in from other places. And brachycephalic breeds are promoted by puppy farms as some times the more wrinkling ( brachycephalic ) the breeds are the cuter they are so the more people would want to buy the dogs so the more money they would get.

PUPPY FARM Q&A; MEET CAMPAIGNER OLIVIA!

This is Olivia who is a 13-year-old, a friend of mine, she also does some puppy farming campaigning like me. She recently created a blog on animal welfare and I would like to tell you a little bit about her and her views. I asked Olivia a few questions on puppy farming so that you can see her views on this horrendous trade. Below you will be able to see the interview I have done with Olivia.
Q; Why do you think Puppy Farms are such bad places?
A; I think that puppy farms are such bad places because imagine if you found out that your family dog grew up in an environment where there was no light, no puppy playtime, no food apart from the mother’s milk that contained no good dog food and that your dog had been dragged by their tails away from their mother too young. Also, to find out that you had been tricked into buying a dog by none other than a money-making breeder. What would you feel like? Guilty and sorry that you had given your money to a breeder who wanted nothing more than money rather than seeing their puppies off to a good home. You may feel like rescuing a puppy from a puppy farm by buying it but this just making the situation much worse. In fact, this provides another place for a puppy in this dreadful farm. Puppy farmers make the dogs afraid of humans. Imagine how shocked and angry you would feel if you found out that your dog was being treated in this way. Dogs weren’t bred to be breeding machines they were bred to be real dogs with a proper life where they live with humans, not cower away from them which is what puppy farm dogs spend their lives doing. These are just a few of the reasons why puppy farms are such bad places.

Q; How do you think Puppy Farmers  persuade people to buy their dogs?
A; One of the things that puppy farmers do to persuade people is the way that people access the information about them. For instance, puppy farmers can go on the internet grab a few cute pictures of dogs make an advert with an expensive price and there they go. Unsuspecting people will immediately go and buy one without realising what they are buying from. Another thing that persuades people to buy a dog from a puppy farm is that as surveys have shown, hardly any people know about this horrible trade so buy from them unknowingly. It is the animal version of a sweatshop. People buying the products (in this case animals) never know to nor ask about the conditions that the product was made (animal was brought up in) instead they go on ahead and buy the product (animal) without suspecting a thing. This is unfortunately how many businesses get their money and one of these businesses is puppy farming. It is more like animal slavery. And if more people knew this then the puppy trade could start to slow down.
Q; If you were to talk to a puppy farmer, what would you say?
A; If I could talk to a puppy farmer I would ask them if they even had a reason to be doing what they are doing to these innocent dogs. I’d ask them did they know that this was major animal cruelty and tricking people into buying a dog from cruel conditions. I’d ask them did they know the difference between well cared for livestock and pets. Then I’d tell them that they had no reason to puppy farm at all and that what they were doing was extremely hurtful to the dogs/puppies and especially owners whose pups will or have died at a young age from so many conditions that could have been cured if the puppy farmer had cared for their puppies.
Q; If you were to talk to an unsuspecting buyer of a puppy farm dog, what would you say?
A; If I could talk to an unsuspecting buyer I would explain them what they were buying from. And ask them if they had researched the breeder. Then I’d tell them about how ‘rescuing’ a puppy farm puppy is bad. I’d also ask them where they had found the advert for the dog eg. on the Internet. I’d also tell them the benefits of adopting from a rescue centre then ask them: now that you have this information, what are you going to do?

Q; How do you think we should stop puppy farms?
A; I think we should stop puppy farms in many ways. First of all, if you know of any puppy farms near you or have bought from what you know or think is a puppy farm then report it to the RSPCA. Instead of buying a dog from a breeder even if it is reputable then even just look at a rescue. You never know, the dog of your life might be waiting for you. Also if you have been wanting to rescue a puppy farm dog then look at Dogs TrustRSPCA and also Many Tears which have dogs from puppy farms. Also post awareness about it on social media. This is the best way to raise awareness as most people are on it.
It is great to see that there is another child like me trying to spread awareness on puppy farms. I also asked Olivia to send a short summary of what her blog is about: My blog is called Olivia’s Animal Blogs
on my blog I post many things on it. Such as my animal adventures, blogs about my animals rescue stories keep looking at it for new things everyday!
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Social Media Affects Puppy Farms!

Nowadays designer breeds such as pugs have become very popular because large social media stars have bought these dogs and post photos on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and videos on YouTube almost every day. This has taught a lot of the younger viewers about these breeds and fuelled their enthusiasm to have the same dog. Over the last 10 years, there has been an increase of 37% in Miniature Dachshunds, 110% in Pugs , 196% in Boston Terriers and 554% in French Bulldogs. For example, Zoella (12 million followers) who owns a Pug , PewdiePie (64.5 million followers) who owns a Pomeranian, Joey Graceffa (9 million followers) who owns 3 Huskies, Cole&Sav (6.5 million followers) who have 2 Pomeranians, Jiffpom (254k followers and on TV most days) is a Pomeranian and Doug the Pug (3.5 million followers) is unsurprisingly a Pug. Social Media is such a big earner that some people use their dogs to advertise and earn income. For example dogs will be used to help advertise clothing, merch, different brands and even make up. This encourages followers to do the same. But generally, followers are also young, with low income and they want a similar dog quickly. So, they go to the internet and there they can buy a relatively cheap dog, very quickly. But they don’t realise that these dogs are probably from puppy farms and have a high chance of congenital diseases and problems. They often become ill or die very quickly. For example, Jessie Paege (a US you tuber with 1.5 million followers) bought her Yorkie dog called Ollie over the internet and he died within a week from a seizure. But the thing is, most don’t use their platform to help spread awareness on this. If only the words ‘Puppy Farm’ were mentioned by those with large platforms, it would raise a lot of awareness. I would like to encourage those with a large platform to use their influence to raise awareness. There is another You Tuber named Stacy Plays who rescues dogs in US. She has nearly 2 million followers. It’s so difficult to reach these people, but I try. I comment on videos talking about how they could raise awareness and my comments often get the most likes, but there is barely a word about them. Is this because they don’t want to be controversial? I don’t understand what there is to be controversial about. Is it because it’s too difficult to explain? It’s not that difficult. Or is it just that earning money is more important than saving dogs lives? There is also a youtuber called BeccaRose who has a Pug named Rupert with 8k followers on Instagram. Most of her photos on Instagram have ‘#ad’ in her photos which means that it’s a sponsored post which means Rupert has received payment for uploading a certain picture. Many of Rupert’s followers are children, so is a message being sent to children that Pugs are cute and then the children persuade their family to buy one? Even Becca Rose admits that her viewers love her dog so this makes her viewers aware of Pugs and want to be like her so naturally they may also want to get a pug. Becca also feels slightly responsible for people buying Pugs from puppy farms as she says, “People don’t talk about where they got their dog from, they just say here’s the new dog or I’m getting a dog but the viewers don’t hear where from. Me included in this we need to talk about where we get our dogs from and the responsibility that we have when talking about getting a dog. Because we don’t talk about it, it’s not talked about.”  Note: I have taken a lot of my information from the guest blog with Janetta Harvey, which you can read  HERE. Watch the full documentary including  Becca Rose  HERE. 056eaede-9fd7-441d-a632-6e0275df9284

The First Few Days With Penny

We went on our 2-hour car journey to pick up Penny very prepared. We had made sure everything was 100% dog proof, we had leads, collars, harness’ ready for her. We had her food and treats she was used to. In the car we had lots and lots of treats her new lead, harness and collar, Frankie and water.

At DBARC everyone was very helpful and they even gave us food and a collar. We were mainly dealt with by two lovely ladies called Janet and Julie. They were very helpful in terms of telling us about her scan and everything else. We told them that we wanted her regardless of her scan result.

In the car Penny just stared at us while Frankie was asleep.

About half way we stopped at a service station for both dogs to go to the toilet, but that was when we realised what we had taken on as Penny completely froze.

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When we got home Frankie immediately tried to wrestle with Penny, but she did not know how to. Frankie then went up to Penny with a tug-of-war toy in her mouth and tried to get Penny to grab the other end so that she would tug it, Penny didn’t know how to. This is when Frankie realised Penny wasn’t a normal dog. Frankie sat back and observed Penny’s behaviour and quirks, from things like getting scared of sudden movements to walking into mirrors and see-through doors. After Frankie had thoroughly observed Penny she decided to go and help her out and assumed the roles of older sister and teacher.

Later that evening we gave both dogs a bone which were Frankie’s favourite bones, but Penny could not chew it but just licked it. We wondered why this was and assumed that it was because her jaw was too weak. But when she had her first vet appointment the vet told us that all of her teeth were completely flat and partly rotted away from chewing on bars, especially her canines, so she probably won’t be able to eat any hard foods such as hard bones and dry food. However, she loves chews such as dentastix which she can chew on easily.

The next day we took her on a walk to a local field. We noticed that she froze with fear at the start of all walks. We also noticed that Penny would follow everyone and anyone who she thought had food and clearly couldn’t grasp what an owner was. Luckily, we had a 50-metre-long lead which meant that she could be free, but we had a way of restraining her if needs be.

From Day 1 she has always been very good at recall, but we think that that was because she associated the word ‘Penny’ with treats straight away. We didn’t trust her really at first because we didn’t trust that she wouldn’t get scared by people and sounds and run off.

In the evenings Frankie will come and sleep on our ‘dog sofa’ while we watch TV, read a book or go on our electronics however Penny just sat peering at us through a window or through a doorway observing our behaviour. She seemed fascinated by us but didn’t know what to do, so she would just sit and stare. We brought her into our living room but we soon realised that we needed to let her make her own decisions how ever long it took.

 

Meet Penny!

Penny is a 3-5-year-old puppy farm rescue dog. She is a salt and pepper Miniature Schnauzer. She was rescued by Many Tears Rescue rescue from a puppy farm. She was spayed about 3 months ago but we do not know when she was rescued. Her ‘gotcha day’ is the 7th of July 2018 but her birthday on her registration form is 3rd of July which is the same as mine! Penny was signed over to  DBARC (Diana Brimblecombe Animal Rescue Centre) by Many Tears. At DBARC Penny was diagnosed with a minor heart murmur which she went for a scan for at Lumbry Park Veterinary Specialists. The murmur was diagnosed as very minor so did not need a further scan or treatment. She was also microchipped and vaccinated. This was all funded by  Schnauzerfest which I urge everyone to support so that more lives like Penny’s can be saved. It is estimated that Penny had anywhere from 3-8 litters in her time in the puppy farm.
Frankie is really enjoying teaching Penny how to be a dog. One evening Penny went to grab some food off my mum’s plate and Frankie told her off!
We don’t know Penny’s full personality yet, but we have seen little glimpses of her being very friendly to people and other animals. She seems to be quite a goofy dog as well as she likes to play with my hand by spinning it around in circles with her muzzle. She also does a lot of play bows at very random things. She is also greedy, but she can’t really control that if she was starved in a puppy farm. She is also quite jumpy around sudden movements and noises.
Penny and I already have quite a strong bond as she also follows me around just like Frankie and she also will chase me if I run!
Penny seems to LOVE food, treats and bones. But now she is seeming to become a bit choosey and is developing favourites and will just stand there if she wants something else. Penny loves having freedom when she goes on walks and has already started going off the lead. She also seems to love going in water and drinks water a lot which surprised us as it took quite a while for Frankie to enjoy water. We don’t think Penny was given much water in the puppy farm as she has this obsession.
Penny’s behaviour is a lot different to Frankie’s as she will bark at the slightest movement or sound. Penny also jumps up and down when she barks which Frankie doesn’t do. Penny will also do a little dance when she wants a treat and stomps around! Penny has also started howling for fun such as when I come home after going out she will come to the door and do a ‘woohoo’ sound at the same time as Frankie. As I’m writing this Frankie just wandered in with Penny following her which I think is Penny learning what to do from Frankie.
I will do a separate blog post on Penny’s journey so you can see how she has been affected by a puppy farm and how she develops.