One of our members passed by a small farm on a regular basis
and noticed a dog, which we later called Wallis, being kept on a short
chain every day. Talking to the owner, it became clear Wallis was used
as a breeding machine and her puppies got sold for profit and she could
never get a break from becoming pregnant. When approaching her we
noticed, she was not behaving aggressively as one might expect from a
dog kept on a short chain. We noticed the heavy rash her tight collar
caused on her skin and Wallis, being underfed with protruding ribs,
gave us the impression she only wanted one thing: to leave there as
soon as possible.
Speaking to the owner we mentioned her weak condition, nut the farmer
stated he would not care as long as she produces enough puppies for him.
When we expressed our will to save the dog from this terrible
existence, he made clear we had to buy her. As we always have to pay
several bills from veterinaries for our saved dogs, we had to collect
the necessary money over some time and finally managed to buy Wallis
from the farmer after negotiating the price. It was a joy to see how
happy she was to come off that leash and the tight collar, which at
first made her scream out in pain, whenever someone touched her chain.
She jumped at us happily when we took off the collar that was causing
her so much pain.
We brought her to a vet and were glad to hear she did not have any
sickness and only needed a thorough diet to gain strength again and
some time to heal the rash, because having given birth to so many
puppies had worn her body out. After getting special nutrition she is
now in perfect condition. However, her teats are stretched from so much
breeding, but they should return to normal after some time.
Wallis has one habit: As she was imprisoned for so long in a bad
environment, she had learned how to climb fences by putting her feet
into the meshes just like a cat. After climbing a fence she will sit
happily in front of it rather than being inside. Consequently her
future garden should have a wall rather than a fence.
She is a happy and friendly dog and very intelligent and we are sad she
was treated like a breeding machine without feelings by her owner.
Please consider giving her a loving home where she can feel like a
family member and be a loyal companion.