January 17, 2002
Meet Hilda and Hannah!
Hilda and Hannah are eight year old sisters who came wearing the USDA collars
they've worn all their lives. I almost had to cut them off. I've been in
puppy mills and at auctions but I can never get used to the sight and the
thought of these little guys being treated like cattle/livestock.
They came named Hilda and Hannah - we dubbed them Broom Hilda as she was the
smallest and the bravest - Hannah Bear as she was the larger, most shy and
it was the only way we could remember who was who.
They had to gain weight in order to be "doctored". I couldn't send them in
for the works; spay, dentals, shots, etc without some fat on their bones.
That would be easier said than done.
Raised from day one in a puppy mill and surrendered because they would no
longer conceive. It was obvious they've had the devil bred out of them and
that thyroid problems had set in from the looks of them.
Ignored all their lives - at least they weren't physically abused - they
slowly came to trust me - curious Hilda first and then big slow Hannah.
When I groomed them for the first time they were too afraid to be naughty.
Now, not quite four months later, Hannah still depends on Hilda for her ques
but curiosity sometimes gets the best of her and she'll venture out on her
own. Hilda takes every opportunity she can to nose around and "help" when
I'm doing chores.
Both have become serious tail waggers and a bit naughtier when groomed (this
is actually a good thing) but Hilda is struggling to get her thyroid
regulated. Hannah has put on weight and her coat is finally coming in very
nicely. Poor Broom Hilda has put some weight on but her condition is still not
exactly "there" yet.
My first thought was they could never be adopted without one another. Then I
thought perhaps they could go into different homes. This I know for sure
now - Hilda would bloom whereever she went. Hannah would die without her
So if you don't have a fenced in yard and can't open your home to both -
please don't bother to call. They're two little old sisters that have spent
this much of they're lives together and with everything they've been
through, they deserve to spend the rest of it together too. Until their
special angel comes along they can stay here.
Hilda and Hannah are in Wisconsin Rapids, WI.
If you are interested in adopting, please complete an adoption application. For more information contact Pat Kolesar.
Keep in mind that we prefer to place dogs within driving distance of where they are being fostered. If someone from outside the local area is approved for adoption, they must be willing to fly in to get the dog and that can only happen if the dog is stable enough to travel in the cabin with the passenger.
May 5, 2002
Hilda & Hannah have been adopted!
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