Lucy is the last remaining Schnauzer puppy mill pup who came into Toronto Animal Services South a couple of weeks ago. She's the one who was sitting the water bowl for protection.
When I went to take her out for a walk and take her photo, she was frightened out of her wits probably now even more so with her siblings gone and being left all alone in her kennel.
I put the leash on her but she wouldn't walk out of her kennel so I picked her up and carried her out into the hallway. I set her down to see if maybe she'd take a few steps but it was like her feet were stuck to the floor. She dared not take a step and stood there trembling.
I picked her up, carried her outside where she went poop and then her legs froze up again and the trembling resumed.
After a few minutes of this anxiety, I picked her up and brought her back in. We sat on a couch for a while and I could feel her relaxing a bit but then the slightest new noise would set her off trembling again.
So here we are with another unwanted victim of a puppy miller who didn't bother to take the time to properly socialize his dogs. This pup is lucky to have been rescued as most millers would just kill the ones they can't sell.
This very gentle girl will eventually come out of her shell but she needs a quiet home with perhaps a calm, friendly older dog to show her how not to be afraid of life.
For adoption information on this dog and other dogs (and cats and other animals), please visit Toronto Animal Services.