From Mill to Milan

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It is every puppy mill dog’s dream to escape from the horrible confinements of a puppy mill and someday be adopted into a loving family. 

Hi, I’m Lilly, formerly known as dog 314. I was a Pekingese breeding dog in a puppy mill in Missouri (which is the worst state to have to be a breeding dog in, trust me!)  I was bred constantly for the first five years of  my life and I had never met a human that was kind. One day, my breeder threw me into a cage and off we went down the road. I was terrified and had no idea where we were going. When we stopped, I was surrounded by a lot of dogs that I had never met. There were a lot of people around talking about buying us and there were so many dogs! Hours later I was thrown onto a table in front of a huge crowd and people started shouting, I had never been more scared in my life. When the shouting stopped, I was taken back to my cage- how confusing! At the end of the day, I was grabbed out of my cage, again, and I thought that I was going back to work, but something was different. The person holding me was REALLY holding me! She sounded so nice and was petting my fur. If I was confused earlier, this really scared me. These nice people kept telling me that it was over, and I was finally free. What did that mean? Free? I would soon learn.

Me in the Big Apple for a night!

There I was, on the road again, this time with people who I had never met and a few other dogs from my mill- but this was way different. I was comfy for the first time in my life! I felt safe. After what seemed like hours, we stopped and that is where my life really began! I was taken to my foster home in a place called Minnesota, where I had a BED and real food!  I was in heaven! I don’t know what “foster” meant, but this is the life! They even took me to see a doctor and he made me feel so much better! They told me that I would never have to have any more puppies (and boy am I thankful for that!). After a few months, I was the queen of my house! I learned to bask in the attention and I became a little sassy 🙂 I ran around and for the first time in my life I learned how to smile and wag my tail!! It is amazing what love and patience did for me! But for all of you dogs that are still awaiting your furever homes (or for the ones still stuck in the mills), my story doesn’t end here. Yep- it gets even better! 

This mill mama gets to move to Milan! I will be living the luxurious life (or so they tell me). I am not sure where Milan is, but everyone seemed so excited for me! The volunteer that saved me from my first life said that we were going on a long trip and that she hoped I did okay. For my first trip on a plane, I would like to think that I did pretty well. The nice lady even let me sit on her lap the whole time! We had to stop at a place called New York because of a storm and we slept in a big hotel where I got a WHOLE bed to myself! I got to eat bagels and stretch out, it was wonderful. I thought that my new home was just awesome! I guess it wasn’t Milan though because the next day we were back on the plane, this time for a really really really long time. I slept a lot! When we landed, I started getting really nervous. The nice lady kept telling me that my new family was here… But I was kind of scared… Would I recognize them? Would they recognize me? What if they didn’t like me? 

All my worries were gone when I saw her… My new mom! She was SO PRETTY and so nice and all mine. I knew it instantly.It was love at first sight!  I have never been so happy in my life!! When she took me to my home, she introduced me to my new brother, Teo. We get along really well, like we were supposed to be a family. 

Friends, please know that life does get better for some of us. I am one of the really lucky ones, but thanks to the really great people at Peke N Chin Midwest (who saved me) and other rescues, dogs like me are saved every day. We find great homes and, thankfully, we never have to breed again. Don’t give up hope and always fight for those of us that can’t speak. We appreciate it. And if you want to learn more about dog auctions, like the one that I came from click here

CIAO from Milan! 

— Lilly the lucky mill mama <3 

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