A Mother’s Love: Lulu’s Story

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 2:00pm
A Mother’s Love: Lulu’s Story

Where would we be without our mothers? They give us life, raise us right, and teach us everything we know. We’re so grateful for these amazing women, and that’s why, in honor of Mother’s Day this Sunday, we’re bringing you the story of one very amazing mama named Lulu.

Lulu is not your average mother. A seven-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Lulu spent most of her life in a sub-standard dog breeding facility, also known as a puppy mill. For years, she was forced to breed litter after litter of puppies with little recovery time in between. Her life was cold, lonely, and often painful; her body was perpetually sore and swollen and her teeth were rotting from neglect.

Fortunately, on December 15, 2013, Lulu’s life changed forever. Along with over fifty other dogs, Lulu was rescued from the puppy mill by National Mill Dog Rescue. For the first time in her life, she was held in loving arms, given a clean, comfortable bed and a good meal. And as fate would have it, her photograph ended up on NMDR’s Facebook page, where a woman named Melanie H. spotted it.

“I knew I loved her the minute I saw her picture,” recalls Melanie. She immediately contacted the rescue, but was told that Lulu needed to undergo medical treatment before she could be adopted. Over the next two weeks, the small dog had two hernia operations and fifteen teeth pulled. When the time finally came, Melanie made the drive from her Texas home to the Colorado rescue to adopt the sweet dog.


This Sunday will mark Melanie and Lulu’s first Mother’s Day together. Instead of being bred, the mama-dog will spend the day basking in the love of her own new mother. Melanie says, “I can’t imagine the life she had before, but I know the life she has now and will always have until her last breath: nothing but LOVE.” It is truly the greatest Mother’s Day gift that Lulu could have received, and we wish them both a wonderful holiday.

This Mother’s Day, please take a moment to think of all the mama dogs like Lulu who are still living in puppy mills. With your help, maybe one day, no mothers will have to endure this fate. For more information on puppy mills, and what you can do to help dogs like Lulu, please visit our No Pet Store Puppies page.


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Linda B.

Melanie will be so happy with this dog. My Sophie is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who was purchased by the first owner to be a money maker for him. Fortunately for Sophie she has two birth defects. Her jaw is severely tipped to the right (it doesn't effect her eating....just looks a little weird when she has her mouth open) and her tail - which should be long and flowing - never grew so all she has is a little stub with long hair growing from the end of it. I say fortunately for her because this stopped her from being a 'money maker'. However the owner then put her into a moldy basement where she was fed and let out once a day. She endured this for almost 4 months until it was found out and the owner was made to give her up. I adopted her 5 years ago when she was 8 months old. She has a chronic cough due to the moldy basement but otherwise she is just a little love bug. Treasure your Lulu, Melanie. And give her hugs from Sophie and I.


Thank you Linda for loving her!! You can follow my LULU on facebook, she has her on page...

Phiilip Hicks

Lulu reminds me of our Annabel. We were able to rescue her from a family that didn't love her enough to care for her. Ever since we got she has brought so much love and happiness in our life.


Thank you Phiilip for rescusing your Annabel, nothing like the love from a rescue dog! Follow LULU on facebook at


Lulu has a facebook page if you would like to follow her!


Oh, my goodness, will you look at Lulu's face -- such sweetness and beauty and love. Happy Mother's Day to wonderful Melanie and her beloved, adorable, darling Lulu. Love at first sight! Love forever!

Susan Bloom

Happy Mother's Day to Melanie and her sweet little Lulu!

C. Festa

Beautiful story. Love a happy ending.


What a beautiful dog. I love Cavaliers and one day when my life is such that I can have a dog I am going to adopt one from a Cav rescue group. So wonderful that you adopted Lulu, Melanie, and she is going to have all the love she never knew. Congrats to you both and enjoy your first Mother's Day together!!


I'm sitting here crying, just thinking about Lulu's prior life and the other dogs like her that are still suffering. We, as a society, MUST stop treating animals poorly. They are living beings, more like us than most people understand. I am so glad that I donate to the ASPCA and help them rescue dogs like Lulu. Also, let's all think about helping animals when we make up our wills. Mine leaves all of my estate to organizations that help animals.