I was fortunate not to be born at a puppy mill like so many of my friends. I knew love from the first moment I opened my eyes. That is the difference between being born at a puppy mill and a puppy farm. But, sometimes, certainly not in my case, puppy mill dogs, because they did not have love from the first moment they opened their eyes, become more loving towards their parents.
I recently learned the story of Sarah Kells. She was a married woman with four rescue pups, all seniors. Sarah and her husband divorced. Over time all the dogs went to the Bridge except for Chloebelle a Bichon.
Chloebelle’s angel siblings began to search for a new pup for their mom but were hoping they could locate a dog who could do much more. They were looking for the right dog to redefine their mom’s life. The angels directed her to a shelter and then to a pup who had been used for breeding purposes. Sarah decided the Bichon with one eye would be the new pack member, as her angels had hoped. Chloebelle and her mom both got decked out to make an impression on the person conducting the home visit.
The home visit went swimmingly. Sarah was given an address where she could pick up her new dog, who she planned to call Willamena. When she arrived at the rescue, she was picturing a little white ball of love awaiting her. What she got was a thin, urine covered dog who trembled at every sound. Sarah could not go back on her commitment, but she was afraid she had made a terrible error.
Instead, on the ride home, Sarah decided to devote her time to discover what happened to Willamena, while giving her all the love she had in her heart. This is precisely what her angels wanted to happen: For their mom to have a new focus in her life.
When Sarah was not providing care for Willamena, she was researching puppy mills on the Internet. She was stunned by what she saw. How could people treat the souls who were devoted to them so cruelly? All the things that she thought were vital before she met Willamena were no longer essential to her now. She dedicated her life to righting the wrongs done by her fellow humans. She started by volunteering to foster dogs from the rescue that had saved Willamena.
Since then, she has fostered more than 150 puppy mill dogs while officially adopting another 13. She knew her neighbors thought she was a mad dog lady, but they still aided her when they could, knowing her heart was pure.
Recently Willamena, the dog who started it all, passed to the Bridge. In time she had become a perfect pet, giving her mom love and support. When she arrived here, Willamena was thrown one of the largest parties we have witnessed at the Bridge. So many dogs would never have known love in their life did, thanks to Sarah, who either fostered them or welcomed them into her pack, with Willamena as her inspiration.
Willamena moved into a mansion with her angel siblings who had told their mom to adopt the one-eyed urine covered dog and gave Sarah the courage to take Willamena home, the first domino to fall that would leave to hundreds of dogs being saved.
They are hard at work right now, finding new dogs for their wonderful mom. The saved has become the savior, just the way it is meant to be.