I met up with fellow Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Annabelle, at the National Pet Show, where she received the Heroic Hound 2015 Award for her endeavours in raising public awareness of the cruel Puppy Farming trade.
Annabelle is such a lovely little girl, so loving and affectionate. It saddens my heart to know that she spent 7 years of her life on a puppy farm, producing one litter after another. No dog should ever have to suffer such a life; the conditions in which dogs such as Annabelle live are heartbreaking. Puppy farm dogs receive no affection or love; they live in appalling kennels, have next to no health care, they don’t have walks and fun days out!
Annabelle is one of the lucky ones! She has now escaped from this life and has a loving new home and family with her adopted mum, Lisa Garner. It was a chance encounter that brought the two of them together as Lisa was visiting a rescue centre with some friends. “When I first saw Annabelle she was literally clinging to my leg when I tried to leave the kennel she was in. It was from that moment that I decided to adopt Annabelle” stated Lisa.
After a visit to the vets it was discovered that Annabelle had kennel cough, an ear infection, breathing problems, a heart murmur and needed 14 teeth extracted. Things were touch and go for a while but gradually her health started to improve. She also suffered from nightmares which have since subsided. “I can sleep peacefully now that I know I am safe,” woofed Annabelle.
Annabelle is not the first dog that Lisa has rescued. She is also mum to Lucy, a tri Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, who also endured a miserable life on a puppy farm. Lucy has epilepsy and is blind in one of her eyes.
Lisa works endlessly promoting awareness of the horrific Puppy Farm trade and has produced a Calendar featuring Lucy and Annabelle. The calendar has a ‘movie’ theme and is a must buy! Proceeds from the calendar will be split between dog rescue centres and organisations that raise public awareness of puppy farming. To order visit Lucy the rescue cavalier facebook page!
Never ever purchase a puppy from a pet shop or from an advertisement in the newspaper or on the internet. The chances are the puppy has come from a puppy farm – so please do not fuel the trade, causing even more puppies and breeding bitches to suffer, like Annabelle and Lucy. When purchasing a puppy always ask “Where’s mum?” Visit the premises where the puppy is kept and ask to see their kennelling conditions.
Woofs Frodo – Barking Bugle Editor
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