November 9, 2011
Isabelle's Journey from Rags to Wags
Rescued puppy mill dog thrives
When The HSUS found a weak old dog nursing a large litter at a Vermont puppy mill, rescue team workers rushed to help her by removing and hand-feeding some of her puppies.
A mother dog in such a state of deprivation can be unpredictable, but Isabelle touched the volunteers with her gentle nature.
Although staff helped feed and clean her puppies, Isabelle insisted on feeding them what milk she could provide, even though her own body was ravaged.
A great mom finds a great home
One volunteer who worked with Isabelle was Pamela Krausz, executive director of Vermont Companion Animal Neutering. When the courts released Isabelle and dozens of other confiscated dogs for adoption, Pamela decided to make Isabelle a part of her family.
"What continues to amaze me is how resilient dogs are," says Krausz. "Isabelle was emaciated, nursing puppies, and living in horrendous conditions, yet she stayed so sweet and was a great mom."
Isabelle's only problem now is gaining a little too much weight. Otherwise, Krausz says, "she is a funny, happy, loving, incredible dog."