The damage done to these dogs is heartbreaking.” “The saddest stories are those from the kindhearted people who adopt these dogs and work hard for years to give them love and acceptance.
They’ll sometimes report that even after several years the dog will simply sit and stare blankly into space,” Mc Millan says.
The landmark new study conducted by University of Pennsylvania researchers for Best Friends Animal Society looked at 1,169 former puppy mill dogs and compared a wide array of psychological and behavioral characteristics with those of standard pet dogs.
"We always suspected the dogs in these facilities suffer emotionally because of the abnormal behaviors they show when they get out, but we can now scientifically confirm how truly destructive these places are for the dogs kept in them,” said Frank Mc Millan, a veterinarian and the study's lead author.
“They tell me that it’s like ‘he’s not really there,’ or that the little dog is reminiscent of a severely autistic child.” The study was conducted in collaboration with Drs.
James Serpell and Deborah Duffy at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and will be published in the journal Applied Animal Behavior Science.
Now we await the response from PJAC and the American Kennel Club, which has stepped up its efforts of late to register commercial kennel-produced dogs to this groundbreaking study.
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Which isn’t to say you should host people when you don’t want to; just remember that you can set their expectations low. If the people inviting themselves are close friends, be honest: “We adore you guys and want to see you, but we’ve been really worn out lately and have promised each other that we’re not going to take in any new guests this fall. If you’re coming this way, I recommend staying at [insert lodging here], and we’d love to meet you for dinner.” If the people inviting themselves aren’t close enough friends that you can be honest with them, then you owe them very little in terms of social duty. “Sorry, but we’re really busy then and can’t have any visitors” is direct, polite, and leaves no room for negotiation.
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But you’ll love her differently, and with time, she’ll be just as much a part of your heart.