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.