Saving Gracie: How One Dog Escaped the Shadowy World of American Puppy Mills
This touching narrative uses the poignant makeover of Gracie, a sickly Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, to tell the story of America's hidden puppy mills-commercial kennels that breed dogs in horrific living conditions and churn out often-diseased and emotionally damaged puppies for sale.
Despicable. Puppy mills, their owners and the people who abuse these animals for their greedy gains. Theses a story about the beginning of the Anti puppy mill movement in Pennsylvania and how it moved to other states.
I picked this book up when I saw it was about a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel rescue. I have two CKCS rescues and wanted to connect with the story around my dogs. The CKCS dog is only a small part in the story. It is a very heartbreaking and heart warming story but a very small p ...more
I knew this book would not be an easy read, but I just had to read it. Just 2 weeks ago a family member rescued a four year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, like Gracie, from a Georgia puppy mill. This dog is the sweetest little lap dog ever, but everything is foreign to him: his bed, toys, leash, grass, the sound of cars, birds -- all of these things are new to a puppy mill dog.
Saving Gracie: How One Dog Escaped the Shadowy World of American Puppy Mills, is not all about o ...more
This first thing is I actually met a Cavalier King Charles from deplorable Mike-Mar kennel that is no longer in business thanks to a lot of local heroes. Yesterday I went to the vets office to get my dog his pills and saw the beautiful little dog. I'd have went over anyway because I love all dogs but since I was currently reading ...more
Wisely, the author frames the Spaniels' story in a much wider scope by concurrently documenting legislators' efforts to rein in the out-of-control puppy breeding business in the state of Pennsylvania. I found this element more intriguing than the chapters documenting the dogs' struggles with housetraining, walks, and oth ...more
I have known of the plight of puppy mill dogs for years (I bought one myself without realizing till too late that he had and will always have temperement issues) and do what I can by donating money to groups who do rescues, wish I could do more, especially after reading this book. It will spur you on to want to do all you can, esecially if you are an animal lover. It reminds me of hoarding but they are hoarding l ...more
Also a good read if you are from the Berks County PA area and are a dog lover. It's nice to know that something good can come out of this area besides cri ...more
Most people I know don't understand what puppy mills are and how they hurt dogs. This book explains it all in a captivating real-life story of one unfortunate puppy mill dog.
I hope more people will read it so they can make educated decisions when buying from breeders. Or maybe it will steer more people t ...more
The author of this book has taken one rescued dog, Gracie (or dog 132), and woven her story around the real horror story of puppy mills. If you don't know much about puppy mills, or are unaware of what a pervasive problem they still are, this book will do much to add to your education. Plus, you'll love the story of Gracie's happy life after six years as an over-used br ...more
If you love animals you should read this book. If you don't care that much about animals I think you should read this book, too.
I think it is a disgrace what people are doing to defenseless animals whose only desire is to love and be loved. What kind of example are we setting for our children and other countries aroun ...more
While I was aware of the horrors of puppy mills before picking up this book, I am still satisfied with my decision to pick this one up. Any publicity this issue can draw is welcomed, and I feel that Bradley does a remarkable job outlining the poor moral decision you ...more
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I've read, over the years, an assortment of these types of books. Most of them though are a bit more...cohesive. This one reminded me quite a bit of the book detailing the fall of Calumet stables - lots of investigative reporting related, but not essential to the story. In this case, while there's ...more
I picked up this book because we adopted a puppy mill mom and we wanted to find something about the recovery process for these dogs. But I would recommend this book to anyone who loves dogs or wants to know more about puppy mills or d ...more
On the other hand, there's a lot of names & dates, especially regarding the law changes which is kind of interesting, but... statistics. meh.
I learned a lot about how puppy mills operate, where the majority of them are located, the and effect on the animals that are born there and sold from there. I'll look for all the legislation that I can to
stop these outrageous businesses.
My family had a couple of dogs when I was very young and adopted a number of stray cats, but I really became interested in the lives of animals after my husband, Steve L’Heureux, and I acquired two Shelties. I was fascinated at the intelligence and emotional comp ...more