Aww! Simple pleasures are the best. The commonplace things people -– and maybe even some dogs? — take for granted are new and exciting to her, and she seems to revel in every sweet moment of life.
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Rosie, who was a shut-in in a hoarder’s home and couldn’t move (much less get out and smell the grass), is now enjoying life to the fullest. She may look around and realize she’s not like the other dogs she sees, but that doesn’t stop her: She is Rosie! She managed to survive against the odds, and she is now soaking up life.
I don’t know about you, but this dog is an inspiration to me.
Tragically, Rosie is far from the only victim in the world of backyard breeders, puppy mills, and hoarders. And their stories are often nowhere near as hopeful as Rosie’s. Muhlbauer wants Rosie’s story to go a step further and help inspire change.
“Every day, there are thousands of dogs hanging on by a thread, waiting to be rescued from a backyard breeder, a hoarder, or a puppy mill, and that haunts me,” says Muhlbauer.
“On Sunday, one of Rosie’s Facebook pals, a lovely little senior that survived a horrible life of abuse, passed away after surgery to repair her damaged body. Of course I was sad –- but I was angry more than anything. We as a society of dog lovers are not doing enough to stop the practice of breeding for greed. We also aren’t doing enough to help the dogs once they are rescued from these situations.”
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Muhlbauer has taken in dozens of dogs from these places over the years. Rosie’s story, however, is about so much more than just one dog.
“One of the most powerful messages a dog like Rosie can convey is what happens when breeding is done for greed. Many of the dogs rescued from puppy mills wind up looking pretty good once they are cleaned up and placed for adoption. Rosie can’t hide what inbreeding did to her. Her body is permanently deformed because someone decided it was OK to let dogs breed and sell the puppies. She will forever be a victim, even if she doesn’t see herself that way. What I am trying to do is get her face and story out there so people see the hidden product of puppy mills.”
I’d say she has done an incredible job. We at Dogster send huge hugs to Rosie and her two-legged angel. We’ll keep you posted on this amazing dog’s progress, and on Muhlbauer’s efforts to take on puppy mills and backyard breeders. With Rosie in her corner, there’s no stopping her!
If you have any ideas how you might be able to help, let us know in the comments. Muhlbauer has a full-time job and is taking some online classes; she’s also the adoptive mom of many critters in need. She could use a helping paw with this.