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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Specials: Adopting a Backyard Breeder Dog

Welcome to week twelve of The Specials, a series focusing on special needs pet adoption. Senior pets, those with chronic medical issues, behavioral or temperament concerns as well as overlooked or misunderstood breeds like Pit Bulls and black cats. If not for the kindness, courage, and compassion of their adopters, many of these animals would have been euthanized in shelters or died alone and hungry on the streets. Please check out past special needs adoption posts here. 

adopting an older Pit bull with special needs

At nine years old, Pearl found herself alone, wandering the streets of a near south side Chicago neighborhood. A few people recognized her as she had been loose before, but no one stepped up to help or guide her home. 

adopting a senior Pit bull with special needs

Mariah heard someone at the front gate. She looked out the window and discovered Pearl banging her head, trying to get in her yard. As a dog lover and owner of a local dog walking company, Mariah rushed out to greet Pearl. The next morning she looked for lost dog signs and when she didn't find any, she took Pearl to Chicago Animal Care and Control. Pearl was kept on a stray hold at CACC for five days, but no one claimed her and there was no evidence that anyone was looking for her. On the sixth day, she was pulled by a rescue group and Mariah adopted her a few weeks later. Because of her age and breed, Pearl would likely have not made it to the adoption floor.

adopting a Pit bull with special needs

Mariah's veterinarian said it was clear that Pearl had been living outside for many years and used primarily for breeding - probably at least three litters a year for her entire life. She also had some old scrapes and scratches on her face from tussles with other dogs. Initially, she also had some issues with food aggression, but has mellowed over time.

adopting a Pit bull with special needs

A few months later, Mariah ran into Pearl's original owner while out walking. He wanted her back even though he had never bothered to look for her or report her missing. However, when he discovered she had been spayed, he changed his mind and disappeared. Clearly, Pearl had been used as a source of income and her puppies sold for profit.

adopting a Pit bull with special needs

Pearl survived many bitter cold winters and hot humid summers while giving birth to countless puppies sold for profit and probably in many cases, dog fighting. She is now enjoying a retirement of gentleness in a warm home with devoted humans and three dog siblings. Sadly, Pearl was recently diagnosed with advanced mammary cancer a result of years of breeding and poor care. She also shows signs of dementia. But thankfully, her final days will be filled with comfort and love, good food, car rides, and cuddling on the couch and bed with her forever family. 

If you are enjoying The Specials, I would love feedback on your favorite posts. You can find links to all the posts here. Please let me know which ones you found most powerful in the comments below. Thank you! 

If you are in Chicago and looking for a dog walking service, please check out Pearl's family business Paws in Motion 


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  1. A story with a wonderful heartwarming ending. I am sooooo glad Pearl has found a loving caring home
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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  2. I'm so glad there was a happy end.... I'm so sad that people misuse dogs as breeding machines and at the end they throw them away like an old shoe.... we have such a evil hag in our neighborhood too... I only wish that this people will be treated the same way once like they treated their dogs :o(

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  3. Another story with a sad beginning but a heartwarming end. I'm so happy that Pearl and Mariah found each other, and that Pearl can now live out her days surrounded with love. Thank you for sharing yet another amazing story with us!

    Trying to choose a favorite post from your The Specials series is virtually impossible! I've been touched by all of the stories. Because of my own experiences with my furbabies and animal rescue, I'm perhaps especially drawn to the stories focusing on senior animals, paralyzed animals (thank you for featuring my boy Evan!), and abandoned animals. Again, though, I've enjoyed reading each and every one of your posts!

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  4. She is beautiful, so happy she found a great home.

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  5. What a sad story! At least she'll have a good life until the end of her days.

    Christie from lifewithbeagle.com

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  6. Glad she found a forever home.

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  7. Dogs just don't deserve to live like that. Her happy ending reinforces my faith in humanity.

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  8. We don't understand people sometimes and how they treat animals
    Snorts,
    Lily & Edward

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  9. such a beautiful dog. I love responsible breeders I hate back yard breeders. Our late dog Zira the brussels griffon was from a back yard breeder situation and she was 11 when we got her she was with us 2 years before she passed

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  10. That is such a happy ending for poor Pearl. What a sweet, gentle girl she looks. I am telling you, if I had met her original owner who did that to her he would have felt my wrath, lol. So glad she found happiness.
    Lynne x

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  11. Before I came to live here there was a little pug named Trudie that lived wif Stella Rose and Sammy J. She was also a breeder in a bad bad mill. She loved my momma so much. She was a wonderful girl.
    Wienie

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  12. Oh Pearl....the first part of your life was hard but the last part we know is full of love and that can be so much more important.

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  13. pearl ...we iz beeyond sorre how ya spended most oh yur life.... N ta #ell with yur pree vee uz owner....

    we iz buzzed happee for ewe that Mariah came along N said....letz go home pup...

    & we hope ewe haz manee happee dayz yet ta N joy de life oh retire mint....{ & tell that nastee "C" ta take a hike two }♥♥♥

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  14. Her company walks my dog and my landlord says that I have fantastic dog walkers. That they are as good to my dogs as I am to them. Just shows the passion she has to save lives. We need more of this. My girl was a throw away as well because she couldn't breed but gives so much love.

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  15. We are glad you are highlighting these special animals and glad that original owner did not get her back!

    Keep Calm & Bark On!

    Murphy & Stanley

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  16. She was trying to get in the gate. Wonder if it reminded her of a gate where she was used as a breeder or that she just felt that someone lived there who would love her. Sad that Pearl now has mammary cancer. You just got to love these animals.
    Thanks for being a friend
    Sweet William The Scot

    I loved your story about Lucas and will always remember that one. Dog stories are more my favorite Lola with her wheels but Apple Jack the cat that got whopped on his head why he just had that look that touched your heart you could tell he was well not quite with the program, poor thing.

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    1. I think I sounded flippant about Apple Jack and it was not meant to be for the way he looks with his eyes and tongue partially out is the way I feel on my worse vertigo days.
      Lee

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  17. We are happy that Pearl has a loving home to care for her now
    we have enjoyed all the specials posts
    hugs
    Mr Bailey, hazel & Mabel

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  18. I am so happy that Pearl has a loving and warm home to live out her days. Thank goodness for people like Mariah. I've loved these posts.

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  19. Pearl, we are so happy that the golden years of your life will be spent in comfort.

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  20. Pearl is beautiful and I'm so happy she's getting the love and care she deserves now. Great story. :)

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  21. Although I'm so happy that sweet, adorable Pearl was rescued by a wonderful lady, I'm so mad at that awful backyard breeder! He treated her so badly then tossed her aside when she was no longer profitable. I'll bet her went out & got himself another "cash cow" to abuse. This kind of neglect & cruelty has to stop. I'm loving your Specials series, it's so.. well Special! I'll try to pick a fave but not sure I can, they're all excellent!
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Love Them

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  22. Although I'm so happy that sweet, adorable Pearl was rescued by a wonderful lady, I'm so mad at that awful backyard breeder! He treated her so badly then tossed her aside when she was no longer profitable. I'll bet her went out & got himself another "cash cow" to abuse. This kind of neglect & cruelty has to stop. I'm loving your Specials series, it's so.. well Special! I'll try to pick a fave but not sure I can, they're all excellent!
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Love Them

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  23. We're so glad Pearl's life now is so much better than her early days. She so deserves it.

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  24. We are so glad that Pearl's life is so good now. What a horrible lot she had previously. It makes us cry to think of her suffering and neglected. And it makes us cry in a good way that she is so loved and safe now.

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  25. Were so glad she has a good home now,,, that loves her.
    love
    tweedles

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  26. Pearl sure knew the right gate to go to! It makes me sick that the original owner saw her and only wanted her to breed her some more - and for dogs for fighting. Ugh. I don't understand some people. I'm so glad Pearl knows what true love is now!

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  27. What a wonderful ending for a wonderful girl!

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  28. What a wonderful. caring story. Brings tears to my eyes.

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  29. I'm so glad someone saved Pearl - beautiful dog and soul, awesome pics of her.

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  30. Anther great story. So glad that Pearl found a home. Poor dog. We like all the posts. They are my favorite thing to read. It is so great to read about animals getting good homes and a happy life.

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  31. Poor sweetie. Thanks for calling attention to this important rescue issue!

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  32. What a great post to bring attention to a sad issue. I'm happy that Pearl ended up with a loving, forever home in the end. What a sweetheart!

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  33. So sad that backyard breeding happens. :( We are glad Pearl has a home filled with love for however much of her life is left.

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  34. This brought tears to my eyes. That poor sweet Pearl. Thank God, in her final days, she has experienced what REAL love is. Thank you for sharing this moving story. DakotasDen

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  35. Oh sweet Pearl. What a sad story. I'm glad she's safe and loved now.

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  36. Pearl.....you are as beautiful lady pup as the gem you are named after.....and so deserving of your furever home....
    Hugs madi and mom

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  37. What a wonderful, heartwarming story. Bless Pearl and her new family. I hope her former owner never has another dog

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  38. Honestly, I think this might be my favorite in the series. I love the sweet look on Pearl's face, especially when she's being touched by the hand of a person she loves. It shows how far she has come.

    Jean from Welcome to the Menagerie

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  39. This is such a critical problem. We rescued a dog from a backyard breeder. He had so many health issues from poor breeding. He died at an early age, too. Quality of life while can enjoy it.

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