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I was looking through some of the adoptable pet pages, and came across this adorable baby. I wish I could afford to go get her, but unfortunately I can't. But maybe someone looking, or just a fellow maltese lover might find it in their heart to give this baby a forever home.
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Originally posted by LadysMom@Aug 4 2005, 08:57 AM
Just keep in mind that little Sunshine is a puppymill rescue so she will come with special issues. Puppymill rescues are often unable to be completely housebroken since they have gotten used to living in their own urine and feces. They can have habits like spinning and self mutilating from being confined most of their lives. Most are very fearful and not socialized to humans.

It takes a very special and patient person to rehab a mill dog, one who realizes not only their potential, but their limitations. I personally would recommend that anyone considering rescuing a mill dog do it through Northcentral Maltese so you would have the support and knowledge of their wonderful and experienced volunteers.
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LadysMom, What do you mean by like spinning
Originally posted by LadysMom@Aug 4 2005, 03:19 PM
Because they are confined to a cage most of their life, they learn to spin circles in their cage. Some self-mutilate their tails while they do it. It becomes an obsessive compulsive disorder that often can't be stopped.

I have the deepest admiration for anyone who adopts a former mill dog. I have only had rescues for the past 20 years, but even I don't know if I'd be up for the challenge to be perfectly honest.
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Thanks for the information, I learn so much on this forum
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