I put out the word that I was looking for a smaller, female, adult Boston Terrier to add to my household. I wanted a "rescue" dog, because I believe in the cause. Not all rescue dogs require as much care and work as Binkie has, but all rescue dogs are wonderful and return just as much love in their own way. No dog has more reason than her to become a sulky, human-hating fear-biter. But not Binkie. She is the most loving dog I have ever met. The average Boston Terrier weighs between 13 and 20 pounds. Binkie is a smaller than average Boston Terrier. I'm happy to say she now weighs 11 pounds and is quite healthy. It was a different picture altogether when she arrived in March. She weighed only 7 pounds because she was poorly fed and very sick. You see, she had been a "working girl" in a puppy mill. She had been in a cage, having puppies, all of her life. She had never been house-broken. She did not know what toys were, nor how to play with them. She did not know what to do with a dog biscuit. Her teeth and gums were weak and tender because she had never been given anything to chew on. At first, she could only chew softly on her blanket. She was starved not only for food but also for affection; she soaked up my attention like a sponge. She was very weak, and very sick. Two weeks earlier the owners of the puppy mill decided to see if she could deliver her puppies without surgical intervention this time, after all, their larger breeds didn't need expensive surgery to deliver profitable puppies. They either didn't know or didn't care that most Boston Terriers require a C-section to deliver because the puppies heads are so large. This is even more important for a smaller Boston. My vet assures me that Binkie had at least one C-section in the past, so this was at least her second pregnancy. They left her in a painful, fruitless, and life-threatening labor for a full day. She suffered and weakened. By the time they decided to get to a vet she was nearly dead. She had an emergency C-section just to save her life. Sadly, all three of her dear little puppies were dead. Through a series of contacts, Binkie was taken away to a "Foster" care home until she could find a permanent home (with me!). She came to me two weeks after this emergency C-section. I took her to my vet right away, who found her to have a uterine infection. Binkie was started on antibiotic medications but soon it was apparent that she needed further surgery. I was planning to spay her anyway, but I was hoping for some time to put some weight on her and let her regain her health. It was not to be. She had an emergency spay operation less than three weeks after her C-section. During the spay surgery, my vet noticed that her bladder had been damaged, probably by the medical neglect she had suffered. Binkie was so ill that it was "touch and go" for a while--but she is a fighter! She is a strong-willed little gal who loves life, and with God's help she recovered. To give you an idea of how poor her general condition was, she had to remain on antibiotics for an entire month after the spay surgery. Since then, I have been busy loving her and teaching her how to be a real dog. House-breaking has been a challenge, made more complicated by her damaged bladder. Walking on a leash has been another challenge. Teaching her the delights of dog biscuits and how to play with toys has been a joy. As her jaws slowly strengthened, she learned the happiness of chewing HARD! She now chews happily on cow hooves and pig ears.
The moral of the story is: Binkie was lucky, she survived the puppy mill. Many are not so lucky and die needlessly. You can help stop this suffering by refusing to purchase a puppy-mill-produced puppy. If you want a puppy, buy from a reputable local breeder whose premises and dogs you have personally inspected. Consider adopting a rescue dog or a shelter dog, instead. They make great companions, and they are grateful!
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