Breeder dogs are dogs that are kept solely for the purpose of producing liter after liter. Many never leave their cages – much less experience the wide open country spaces of the Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary near Sacramento.
This pup visited us as we worked in the Homeward Bound Memorial Gardens this weekend. Her dog walker shared with me that this beautiful, sweet girl is a breeder dog rescue. Trying to get a picture of her face proved difficult; she would not raise her head to me despite warm pets and praise. She is still very shy and unsure of her new surroundings and freedom.
A quick internet search on breeder dog rescues brings up unspeakable stories of abuse and neglect. There are already too many rescues and shelters overflowing with abandoned dogs. If you are a dog lover, please, please consider rescue. The gratitude expressed, and the bond created by bringing these amazing creatures into your home and heart is beyond measure.
As I went back to work, she and her walker were working together on some trust exercises – simple things, like taking a treat from the hand. To my surprise and delight, I felt her quietly sneak up beside me, leaning in close as I adjusted one of the new drip lines. These little girl has a very big heart in need of a human who will love her. Much as I enjoy visiting with her in the gardens – I look forward to the day I see or hear of her going to her forever home.