Who we are and why I blog
Callie came to us on 10/20/16. She had been pulled from a puppy mill* just a week or two before. She spent 5-6 yrs of her life as a breeding female, locked in a cage raising babies, and now she is discovering the outside world.
At (now) 7 yrs old she is still exploring the world for the first time, and I blog about our experiences together for those who may find themselves rescuing a Cavalier, or a puppy mill dog and to educate those who might consider purchasing from a pet store. No pet stores, ever! I also write about other Cavaliers rescued from various situations. I must say – I am always learning too, about dogs, Cavaliers, rescue, and life, so there’s always a dash of that in the mix.
This blog is also intended to be personal advocacy against puppy mills, puppy farms, and the animal trade. Responsible breeders who health test generations, keep track of the health of their puppies if possible, and maintain small, healthy packs of infrequently bred Cavaliers are not included. These are the type of breeders to look for.
Charlie entered the picture as of May 22, 2017. Charlie is a puppy mill puppy, he is sweet, loving, and wild as anything. Charlie also has some of the problems that come with dogs from puppy mills. He has a minor heart murmur and luxating patellas or kneecaps that slide in and out of place. Charlie is also a shyer dog than his breed despite a lot of socialization.
Cavaliers are an amazingly resilient breed and no matter how they are previously treated they learn to trust and love their human companions. And boy, it’s fun, overwhelming, a bit scary at times, and a lot of fun! Follow Callie and Charlie’s adventures as they and I try to make it as a team in this “new” world.
Molly is not a recent rescue, at least not of the traditional kind, although she would argue Callie and Charlie are saving her, too. Molly is a freelance writer living in the wilds of Vermont with her wife, daughter, three cats and, NOW, two guinea pigs as well.
She has a regular column in two local newspapers focusing on awesome animals in the area. She has also worked in education, substance abuse prevention, other mental health areas, and with LGBTQ+ youth. Molly is eternally trying to finish her novel which, surprisingly, has nothing to do with animals.
**** A puppy mill is a breeding operation that breeds dogs for profit, prioritizing financial gain over the health and care of the dogs. A breeding operation that breeds for profit and sells to pet stores or over the Internet is not a responsible breeding facility.
Puppy mills can be large or small, it’s not the size of the breeding operation but that the “breeders” place profit over the health or well-being of the dogs that defines it as a puppy mill. If the puppies aren’t sold, they are auctioned off at puppy mill auctions. ******
The rest of the pack includes three cats:
Pippin – age 2
Solly – age 5
And the QUEEN bee
Leeloo Dallas: Age 3.5
And the latest additions, our other cavies, 2 one(ish?) yr old guinea pigs, Ziggy Stardust (or Ziggy Piggy) and Cuddles.