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January 20, 2004

Meet Marsha!

Marsha was anorexic and dehydrated when she was rescued from a puppymill in late November 2003. She had been turned over to a caring veterinarian who contacted us about her plight. We are grateful for the medical care she received which no doubt saved her life. This was an extremely bad case of neglect and Marsha had to be force fed for the first week to get her past her state of anorexia. Now she eats like a bottomless pit.

Her foster mom and family are doing a super job of working with Marsha who has, in a little over a month, gained 6 pounds. She is now a hefty 19 pounds. She is learning all about walking on grass, sleeping on couches and laps and climbing stairs and even eating out of a bowl. Coming from a puppy mill she never learned about life outside of a cage.

Marsha is approximately 3 years old and will need a very understanding and patient forever home. She gets along well with other dogs and is learning not only how to play with toys but that life is wonderful.

Despite the horrid life she has led previously, her loving personality has quickly blossomed with simple love and attention, not to mention how beautiful she is becoming now that her coat is growing back.

Marsha is heartworm negative and is spayed. Her pictures show that she is undergoing an extreme make-over. (See her "before" pictures below) Marsha is not housetrained but her foster family is working on that.

Marsha is in Missouri.

If you would like more information, contact Marjorie Simon. If you are interested in adoption please fill out our Adoption Application.

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.

Marsha's "Before" Photos

June 1, 2004 Update

Below is a May 4th picture of Marsha. As you can see she looks much different now. Here is some other updated information on her:

  • Housebroken: Yes...but cannot be trusted alone more than 4 hours during the day. Cannot be left alone in the house without another dog for companionship. Suffers from separation anxiety - can be destructive if left alone.
  • Crate Trained: No
  • Leash Trained: Yes
  • Medical Needs: Hypothyroidism....needs daily meds once a day
  • Children: No
  • Other pets: Yes...needs another small dog to bond with.
  • Other issues: Still has a flight instinct when reached out to. Needs lots of continued loved and patience to over-come deep rooted fears from her days in the puppy mill.

June 2004
Marsha and Friend

July 27, 2004 Update

Here's Marsha and friends, dressed up for the county fair 4-H project.

October 8, 2004


Marsha has been Adopted!


November 2004
An update from Marsha's new mom:

Just had to share this pic I took today of Marsha (now known as Missy). I still can't believe she's a true Griffon...at 30 lbs. maybe a Griffy/Lhasa/Wheaten Mix (LOL)...who knows...but hasn't she turned into the most absolutely gorgeous lady?!?

Just think...one year ago today she was coming out of the Missouri puppy mill, extremely anorexic, nothing but skin hanging onto a skeleton, two thirds of her coat gone, open oozing wounds, horrible urine burns on the pads of her feet, completely ferrel, and scared out of her mind of human touch!

Today she is the most loving wonderful girl you could ever imagine...a true gift to our family in every sense of the word!

We will celebrate her birthday on December 6th... the one year anniversary of when Carl Nylund brought her to Kansas City, and the day she first walked into our lives and hearts forever!

Don't you just love happy endings?



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