From Puppy Farm to Home
Hey efuryone! My name is Poppy-Lola and I’m a long haired chihuahua who’s life changed on 6th June 2015!
My life started out in a “home” that wasn’t like the one I’m in now, a human doctor told my new mummy that my life before wasn’t good, that I came from a puppy farm, whatever that is!
I was very dirty and smelly with stains all up my legs from standing in my own toilet, my nails were very overgrown and thick, my spine and front legs were bent due to being kept in a small “cage” and I was terrified of humans!
Learning to Walk and Play
I didn’t know how to play or walk on a lead and the big outdoors was far too scary for me! So, when mummy tried to take me out on a harness, I just lay down hoping she’d take me back inside! But mummy kept working with me, now outside is fun and I love meeting other small dogs like me, but mummy says I can be a bit bossy! 😉
When my new mummy brought me home, she was gentle, giving me lots of kisses & cuddles! I was scared, but I knew I was safe now.
At first, I didn’t really understand what the humans were doing when they reached out to pet me, I thought they were going to hurt me, so I’d scream really loud. I know this made mummy sad but she didn’t give up though! Mummy and my new human family showed me that petting is good, it’s nothing to be afraid of! I even taught my mummy a trick! She tickles my tummy if I scratch at her hand and I don’t even have to give her treats!!
The first few months in my new home was new to me, I was learning to trust my new humans more and more everyday. They showed me that outside isn’t as scary as I thought! Some things out there are still scary, but I know my mummy’s got my back!
In September ‘15, mummy took me to the hospital again for an operation, they took something from my tummy that mummy told me meant I wasn’t going to have any more puppies!
I heard the doctor man tell mummy to make sure I rest and stay calm! But I had other ideas! I discovered how much fun playing was! I found this little ball of fluff (Pom Pom) and just started throwing it around! I know this made my mummy happy!
So, this is what playing is! Now I play all the time and I’ve got plenty of toys to choose from! Maybe even too many!
I’ve been to hospital for a nap twice since then, one time for the doctor to clean my teeth and take three bad ones out and another to take a picture of my leg! This was when mummy found out that I had a luxating patella because I was limping and not using my back leg as much as I should have been.
The doctor gave mummy a plan to fix it, I’m not sure what it was but it worked! I heard them say they might have to operate on my knee in the future, but for now, my knee is much better, I still have rare days where it hurts me to go for walks, but mummy still takes me out in my pooch pushchair so I can still enjoy the fresh air!
I’ve been to the hospital quite a few times with my new mummy and they’ve found some other things about my health, last year they told mummy I have epilepsy too! I was suffering from cluster seizures so the doctor gave mummy some little medicines to go in my food to stop me from having seizures and now, I haven’t had one for a long time! I know this makes my mummy very happy! My new mummy loves me, I can feel it!
I’m not scared anymore, I don’t need to be! I know my new mummy will look after me, she gives me lots of new toys and my favourite things to eat! Especially chicken! I get lots of chicken when my mummy wants me to pose for photos for her since her favourite thing to do is take photos of me!
My journey is far from over and I still have lots of things that are getting better with time, but my mummy is proud of how far I’ve already come in the two years I’ve lived with her! Patience and love is all I needed to learn how to trust humans again.
Us rescue pooches all deserve a chance like I’ve been given! Even though it’s hard work, my new mummy says she wouldn’t change a single thing!
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