Fiona was saved by The Chicago French Bulldog Rescue in 2004. Her insides were scarred from multiple litters and she had issues with her feet from living in a wire cage. When Michelle adopted her, she was terrified of going outside, climbing stairs, and new people. She even cowered in her crate when her rescuers stopped by for a home visit. Like many puppy mill survivors who have lived their entire lives in tiny, cramped cages with little human contact or compassion, the outside world was frightening and confusing for Fiona.
Sadly, in 2011, Fiona developed Bells Palsy and lost sight in her right eye. Although she had made much progress, the loss of her sight was devastating. Her new found confidence, dwindled, and she grew withdrawn and depressed. At the suggestion of her sister and vet, Michelle adopted Steve French (also from Chicago French Bulldog Rescue) as a companion for Fiona.
Steve was two years old at the time of adoption and is now six. Michelle says he adjusted more quickly than Fiona, but still has some OCD tendencies. But most importantly, Steve was exactly what Fiona needed and his arrival and energy brought her back to life! The two formed an instant bond and together now explore the world around them with wide-eyed wonder and curiosity.
Both Fiona and Steve French are clearly enjoying life and grateful to be free of the cruel world of the mills. Thanks to Michelle and Rich for giving them the time and space to heal and the fairytale ending they most certainly deserve.
This is my second post on adopting a puppy mill survivor. You can read the first post and Reba's story here. For more information on puppy mills, please visit the National Dog Mill Rescue, Best Friends, or HSUS. Please consider fostering or adopting a puppy mill survivor or another special needs animal because second chances are amazing whether you are on the receiving or giving side.