by Carol Bradley
Story of a woman who rescues a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel from a puppy mill, as well as the atrocious state of puppy mills in general.
I thought this would be just a story about one dog, Gracie, and her rescue from a puppy mill, but it was more than that. Much of the book focused on the truth about puppy mills, their lack of regulation, and the appalling treatment of the dogs, Although licensed puppy mills are subject to stricter regulation thanks to awareness, if breeders choose to operate without a license, which many of them now do in order to avoid being "watched," that's their prerogative.
While reading the book I felt so much guilt about buying my two dogs from breeders and now wonder how they and their parents were treated. I will never, ever get a dog from anywhere but a shelter or rescue organization. Ever. I don't care if my husband insists on a non-shedding dog! We'll just have to find one at the pound.
I loved the stories about Gracie and other rescue dogs and their transition from puppy mill living to living in a wonderful, loving home. Reading about the dogs' difficulties walking on grass or up stairs when all they were used to for years was a wire cage was interesting. And it broke my heart to learn about the practice of debarking dogs, where they jam a plastic tube down the dogs' throats, rupturing their vocal cords so they can no longer bark, and how dogs become deaf because of untreated ear infections. It went on and on, and is definitely not for the fainthearted.
Do I Recommend?
Yes if you want to know exactly how dogs are treated in puppy mills, which you should if you ever have an urge to buy a purebred or "designer" dog from a breeder.
4/5 for enjoyment, but 5/5 for education and information
Bibliophile by the Sea