Gretchen came in
with her sisters, Heidi and Joni. They were born in a puppy mill
and then sold to a backyard breeder where she was living in an
outside kennel with several other Clumbers. She is also one of
the Clumbers, Dottie led me to.
came to me very nervous as she didn’t have any idea what was
expected of her or what it meant to live inside. Her spirit was
in pretty good shape as it hadn’t had time to be broken for
she was not even a year old when we rescued her. At the time we
were trying to rescue her, I felt it was very important to get
her out of there as she was not old enough yet to produce
puppies and I knew once she was old enough, the backyard
breeders would probably change their minds and keep her.
She was a very small female as she hadn’t matured yet. The
thought of the life that waited ahead for her was enough to make
me determined to rescue her and her sisters.
is a beautiful, sweet girl with a spirit to match. I often watch
her as she moves with such grace and is so dainty. Even though
her spirit wasn’t broken or her will to live, destroyed, she
was still unsure of things as she had gotten very little
attention. No one had taken any time with her to teach her how
to walk on a leash or how to be a member of a family. She was
bought for one purpose and that purpose was to produce puppies
and she was hardly anymore than a puppy herself.
didn’t take Gretchen long to warm up to me but it took longer
for her to get used to my husband Edward. She seemed to get
nervous when he was around but after a little time she got used
to him and she was just as happy to see him, as me.
had never had a bath or been groomed so she was quite matted and
it took a while to get all the mats out. Surprisingly enough,
she did well in the bathtub and was very patient at grooming
time. She only had a years worth of mats so they weren’t as
bad as they were on the older Clumbers. She especially enjoyed
the attention and being brushed.
loves to run and play and does great on leash and does well
“off leash”. She knows exactly where the door is and runs to
it when it is time to come in. She knows she now has a home
inside with a family, not stuck outside in a kennel.
does my heart good to know that she will never endure what the
older females went through. She will only know what it means to
be loved and cherished and her spirit will never be broken.
one day she will find her forever home where people will love
and cherish her as they should.
Happy Ending 5-30-10
I must say that meeting Joan and Paul was quite a pleasure. I
have talked to Joan on the phone for quite a bit, so I all
ready knew that she was a great lady and would make a fine mom
to Gretchen. Gretchen was nervous but she felt comfortable
enough to go up to Joan and give her some really sweet kisses
and butt wiggles.
is just wonderful and is a love and even though she was
unsure, she gave Paul kisses right off and she even gave a few
butt wiggles. From meeting Paul, he has a big warm heart and
is just the kind
of man that a rescue needs to feel loved and secure.
of them are wonderful and I think Gretchen is very lucky to be
a part of their family.
think Joan cried more than I did and there were many tears. I
already miss Gretchen but I know without a doubt that she is
in good hands. Joan gave me a Gretchen rose bush to plant so
that when it blooms, I will think of Gretchen and how
beautiful and happy she is.
also made a wonderful thank you note from Gretchen which she
gave to me but told me not to read until later - it was
beautiful and made me cry all over again.
has already called this morning and told me that Gretchen
slept well and that they are on their way home to meet the
boys. I can't wait to hear how that goes but I've no doubt
Gretchen will love them as she loves other dogs.
happy for Gretchen and I do miss her already but what a happy
ending for a 18 month old girl who was going to be used for
breeding and nothing else. For the past three years, she has
thrived here at McLendon land and lived a happy life. Now she
has the rest of her life to share wtih a wonderful family and
that is just perfect. Who could ask for more.
you Joan and Paul for giving us a chance - she deserves that
and I know you two will give her all she could dream of.