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A Puppy Mill Is No Place For A Dog

Updated on March 20, 2016
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Rescuing Baby Clancey From A Puppy Mill

It wasn't until after I brought my puppy home that I learned he was born in a puppy mill. A puppy mill is no place for a dog. Rescuing a Shih Tzu is my story of how I came to abhor these terrible, abusive conditions. It's also about the act of unconditional love that we can all learn from animals, especially our dogs.


Those who believe that dogs can't talk

have never looked deep into the trusting eyes..

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never learned how to interpret the body language...

never listened to the expressive barks and growls,


nor observed the "talking tail" as it wags,

sometimes high and sometimes low,


sometimes fast and sometimes slow.

But what's been missed the most of all.


Is the unconditional love given so freely.



Written by Audrey Hunt - all rights reserved 2011

Puppy Crates Crowded and Filthy

As I pulled up to the address I was given during a phone conversation, I tried to picture in my mind, what the the little shih tzu puppies would look like. At the same time, a small feeling of guilt started stirring inside me. It hadn't been all that long since my 1 yr old yorkie, Buddy, had to be put down. I had a difficult time recovering from such a sad goodbye to my little friend. And now I didn't want to be unfaithful to him.

As my thoughts suddenly snapped back to the present, I stepped out of my car, walked to the white front door and knocked. A young lady in her early 20's opened the door, and without saying a word, led me to the garage.

On one side of the garage were all of these crates, stacked 3 high on top of each other. Inside each crate were an array of puppies, not all of them were shi ztus'. These poor puppies were obviously very neglected. For instance, the crates of puppies from the top crate relieve themselves which then drops into the crate below.

As I was analyzing the situation, I heard the 20 something young lady ( I use the term loosely) murmur, "The 2 puppies in the bottom crate are shih tzus' and are brothers. Ya' wanna look at 'em?" I answered "yes, let them both out."

Sad but True - About A Puppy Mill

A Shih Tzu Puppy - Love at First Sight


Two adorable tiny shih tzu puppies were taken from the crate and set on the concrete floor before me. One went one way and one went the other, trying hard to make its way to me. We connected immediately. I gently gathered him up, wishing that I could afford to take his brother too. I paid the young lady and out of the house we went.

The little guy smelled so bad from being neglected. Even so, I held him close to me and cuddled him to let him feel my love and protection. He was safe now. He would never suffer neglect again.

The next stop would be to the vet.

The Puppy Mill in Vallejo, California

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Clancey after his first bath
Clancey after his first bath | Source

Home and Happy


After our trip to the Veterinarian, and a bag full of medications, with another bag full of healthy dog food, we headed for Clancey's new home. He must have liked his unfamiliar surroundings, as he scampered and played, then slept like a baby. He was learning to like his new home. My daughter, Lisa, slept with him and trained him, looking after him like a mother hen. A love affair was brewing.

Clancey and I have been together for 11 years. The love I feel for him is unlike any I have felt before. He has been through every challenge, heart break and trial right beside me. In so many ways, he has taught me how to love.

I know that one day I will have to let him go. I can't imagine life without him.

Clancey and I.
Clancey and I. | Source

Life Lessons Learned From Our Dogs

Unlike most of us, a dog loves totally, completely and unconditionally. It would do us well to observe the many ways our dog does this and to appreciate them more because of it. As I have said, I learned so many lessons from Clancey about life and about love.

  • Never take love for granted. Little surprises, here and there, including just "showing up" bring excitement and joy.
  • Sometimes you must put anothers needs before your own. When others really need you, you must be there for them, during the tough times as well as the good.
  • It's important to play a little every single day. Even if its only a short break, its good for you.
  • We all have our own needs, so its important to respect each others boundaries.
  • Each one of us need love.
  • Never abuse love and trust. Abuse is a terrible thing and both humans and canines never forget it.
  • Go on a walk each day. This is one way we can respect and love our bodies.
  • Its not necessary to speak out loud to communicate. It can be done through the touch and eye contact.
  • And the biggest lesson on love that we learn from our wonderful dogs is - forgiveness.

Yes, a puppy mill is no place for a dog and we each have a responsibility to do what we can to stop this inhumane abuse and treatment.

http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/puppy_mills/tips/what_you_can_do_stop_puppy_mills.html


http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/pdfs/pets/puppy_mills/advocate_guide.pdf

Thank you for making a difference.

Clancey ~  Thank you for all the comfort, joy and exercise you gave to me.  I miss you and I love you ~
Clancey ~ Thank you for all the comfort, joy and exercise you gave to me. I miss you and I love you ~ | Source

An Up Date

My precious, beloved Clancey passed away and is with my son, Todd and the angels.

Thank you my little Clancey for tugging at my heart the day I took you from the shameful place you were fighting so hard to survive in. You were a great teacher for me and I miss you every day. We will be together again one day. I love you so.

"I just love the snow"
"I just love the snow" | Source


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      Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      He's a great little puppy and you sound so happy with him. I'm glad you rescued him and, with you, I'd like to save them ALL! No animals deserve that treatment.

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      Deborah 5 years ago from Italy

      Awww, how sad !

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      He is gorgeous. The little ones need us so very much. Puppy mills should be illegal. Ninety percent of them are poorly run and the animals suffer greatly. Thank God and you that Clancy is out of there. I just love that precious face of his!

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      mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      It does sound like your love has been well rewarded. Voted UP.

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      Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

      What a cute little fluffball. We rescued our dog from a puppy mill. No telling how many litters she had but thank God she's with us now. What a pleasure to baby and protect her now.

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I have seen things like this too - I am so glad you got Clancy! I love my animals like crazy - I can tell you do too:) I love that - up and awesome and every single button!! So cute!

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      Dee aka Nonna 5 years ago

      I voted up and beautiful because this is a beautiful story. It brought both tears and smiles. The lessons are ones that we all can benefit from in every way possible. I am so happy you shared this wonderful love story.

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      Donna Kristine 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      What a beautiful story. How precious is Clancey.

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      Feline Prophet 5 years ago from India

      I'm a sucker for doggie tales! Your Clancey looks adorable, and what he's taught you is quite priceless! :)

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      Clancey gets the Academy Award for cuteness and lovableness. You are both fortunate to have each other.

      Dogs are well-known for displaying unconditional love for their owners even when said owners mistreat them. Thanks, Audrey, for this interesting hub and great photos. Rated up, of course.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Deborah - I'm so glad to see you. And yes, animal neglect and abuse just enrages me. I wish I could take all of these animals. Thanks for stopping by. :)

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      sonia05 5 years ago from india

      vocalcoach,this is an amazing hub and really loved the very first line: "My name is Clancey and my mom is a vocalcoach and she loves me"! Both of you are lucky to have found each other.

      I am also a proud mother of a four year old lab.I just love him like anything. He is my darling and an apple of my eye!

      thank you for sharing this. voted up!

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      JLPeterson 5 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      What a sweetheart Clancy is. I know what you mean about being so smitten with a pet...my four-legged daughter, Sugar Pie, is my best buddy...I love her like my grandkids! Very touching hub...good job! voted up and tweeted this.

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      Clancy is absolutely adorable and how could you not love a precious dog like that? I love the way that you wrote this hub and I smiled the whole time I was reading it. Rated up, awesome and beautiful.

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      sofs 5 years ago

      An adorable dog, a wonderful write up by his mother and a great celebration of love together :) God Bless

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      timorous 5 years ago from Me to You

      Aww Audrey, that's very touching. You're so right about the unconditional love. It's not just a means of getting a treat, I feel the dog really wants to be with you, and can tell if you feel the same, or not.

      I can totally relate. I lost my buudy Pran a while back (whom I wrote a hub about). Thanks for writing this.

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      Christina M. Castro 5 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      This hub is about your little pup that is truly your little child, and like babies, all dogs and puppies respond by the love given to them directly. I wrote a hub called "Poor Puppy" recently about a dog in my neighborhood that is so ignored and the neighbors next door are the ones that really feed and water him, but he needs so much more than that. Thanks for sharing.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      CMCastro - Hello. I feel so bad for the little dog in your neighborhood that is so ignored. Shame on his owners. I'm on my way to read your hub about him. Thanks for stopping by. Hugs*

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh, I just loved this. Your love shines through. Clancy is adorable. I want another doggie. Why the Puppy mills are allowed, is a question i've asked many times. Not long ago, a semi truck was stopped, there were several dead puppies inside. He was charged. Thank you for sharing Clancy.

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      Sylvia Van Peebles 5 years ago from Southern California

      Oh man...I want one! I once read an article written by a veterinarian stating that animals (dogs and cats) are not capable of love or displays of affection. I immediately came to the conclusion that he was an alien and had never had a pet. Remember the pooch who lost his family in the tornadoes a few months back, and with two broken legs managed to find his way home to the family he LOVED? Look at how they take care of disabled people. I'm glad you and Clancy have each other. This was a two hankie hub...*sniff* Voted up, and across the board. "Liked", too!

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      Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      Pets are a safe someone a person can depend on.;)

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Tears, Tears are running. You are a good Mummy for tiny dogs and so sorry about Clancy.

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      What a Beautiful Story of you and "Clancy" and (so far) 11 years of Companionship...What a Treasure you both have found in one another, Lots of Love. I tear up easily as I read your Hub Audrey for I had my BIG Belgium Shepard "Brandy" also for 11 almost 12 years and oh the memories...For he's now in Dog Heaven. Thanks for sharing this Lovely story.

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      Susieq42 5 years ago

      This is such a sweet story. I was feeling sad about your puppy's sibling, then I realized it was 11 years ago! Thanks, Vocal!!

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      I loved the way you used your observations of your prescious Clancy and other dogs as a love lesson for us all. Am so glad you've had him to help through the good and bad times during the past 11 years.

      Thanks for the chuckle at the end of the hub with the photo titled, "Donald Trump's Dog".

      Voted up across the board.

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      SuperheroSales 5 years ago

      I really enjoyed your "Lessons on Love." They were all perfect- from a dog's point of view- and lessons that we should remember. Very well written hub! Voted up!

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      What a great story VC. Clancey is one lucky dog! Although there are many, my favorite line is "The love I feel for him is unlike any I have felt before." I totally can relate to this feeling. Have a great weekend!

      Sharyn

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Superheroesales - My "clancey" is my most precious gift. Thanks for reading and commenting. Good to see you here and hope to see you again real soon. :)

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      I loved this pice. How fortunate Clancy is to have found you. Up and beautiful.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      breakfastpop - How wonderful of you to take the time to read my little story and comment. You know, of course, that you are one of my very favorite people :) I'm so happy with your rating of Up and beautiful. Thanks, my friend.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      b. Malin - Oh, I am so very sorry for your loss. It must hurt like h*** not to have the familiar sights, sounds, smells and feeling of oneness you had with your beautiful Brandy. When Clanceys' time comes, I don't know what I will do. Brandy will be the first to greet you when your time comes. I know that to be true with all my heart. Consider writing a hub about Brandy - I would just love it!!! Thank you, my blessed friend.

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      Dee aka Nonna 5 years ago

      You are a very special woman and Clancy touch the hearts of many people through your story of him. You should feel really, really good. Have a great and wonderfully beautiful day.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi VC, what a wonderful heartwarming story, Clancy looks adorable and it sounds as though you have had a wonderful 11 years together.

      Thank you for sharing.

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      Kathy 5 years ago from California

      Oh Audrey- he is the absolute cutest guy. I didn't know you were such an animal lover like me, even more to make you so special Audrey! Clancy is amazing and you are lucky to have each other. This is the best story, rated up awesome and beautiful of course....

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Nice information and Clancey was so beautiful. Thanks for share with us. Have a good day! ~prasetio

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      courtney8822 5 years ago from Texas

      Voted up very interesting

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      pras - I am glad you like my Clancey. I love him so very much. I am blessed to have him. I am also blessed to have you for my friend. Thank you and much happiness to you!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Dee - Your comments speak volumes about the kind of person you are.And I am honored to call you my friend. Thank you.

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      Dee aka Nonna 5 years ago

      Thank you so much vocalcoach for your generousity of spirit in your words.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      courtney - So glad to see you here. Thanks for the follow. Will be reading all your hubs!

      Dee - Thank you my dear friend. You are a blessing to me!

      SuzieQ - There are times when I wish I would have brought Clanceys brother home too. I always pray that someone kind and loving gave him a good home. Thank you.

      Kristine - Wonderful to see you here. You have a big heart! Thanks so much.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Sharyn - What lovely comments. You must have a precious dog to be able to relate to what I have written. It is clear that you love these wonderful friends. Thank you.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Happyboomernurse - Your comments are always positive and uplifting. You are a good listener, which in my opinion, is both a gift and an art. My Clancey is like a little person with feelings. I hope that somehow he knows the joy he brings to me. thank you, dear friend. :)

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      Hillary 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Clancy is a gem and one of the prettiest shih-tzu's I've seen (some have very pronounced lower teeth! I hope you two enjoy each others love and fun for many years to come. Rated up.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Green Lotus ~

      Good morning, wonderful one! I gave Clancey your message, and he has been staring in the mirror at himself every since. Trying to keep him humble isn't easy:) I, too hope for many more fun and loving years together. Love your comments...

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      What a sweet dog Clancey is! Adorable Hub.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Simone - Our canine friends teach us so much about life and love. Clancey has also trained me well...he is definetly the boss:) You're a jewel!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      writer20 - Thank you for having such empathy for our little doggies. This world needs more people like you, my friend!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Mentalist - How right you are! I trust mine more than any person. Thanks so much.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Sylvia - I'm with you on the vet! So glad you brought up the story of the dog with broken bones that made his way back to the family he loved. You are the best. And thank you for all the good ratings too. Hugs...

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      always exploring - I will do some investigating on puppy mills. They ought to be outlawed! It outrages me so. Glad you liked my hub on Clancey and thanks, my friend. :)

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      sofs - How heart-warming your words are. They touched me to the core and made my heart melt. Thank you, my friend:)

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Pamela - Good evening, my friend. I hope your day was a very special one. Thank you for enjoying my little hub on Clancey. I love him so. Writing about him reminded me that I must never take him for granted. I love all animals, but especially dogs. Hugs...

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      A spectacular pup and a wonderful Hub to frame him just right. Rated Up and many others.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      JLPeterson - Love and appreciate your comments. Clancey is sending SugarPie a hug:) Aren't we just so blessed? Thank you for the tweet.

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      vocal,

      I had to weigh in HEAVILY in favor of this FABULOUS tribute to one cool pooch! I love Clancey and wish my Aunt Baby could be pals with him...!

      I have learned my best lessons from my furry friends...voted UP and UFABI, mar!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      sonia05 - You have one of the most loving, sweet dogs on earth! And age 4 is a great age. I know just how you feel about your "baby". As I was walking Clancey today, it occurred to me that "dog" spelled backwards is "God". I must edit my hub and add that. Thanks, sonia.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      drbj - How'd you like the photo I found of the dog with the donald trump come-over? :) I thought it was hilarious! My friend, thank you for all that you do for me. You always put a big smile on my face and a warmth in my heart. Appreciate you:)

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Feline Prophet - Clancey really has been an example of forgiveness, love and fun. He also teaches me not to take myself to seriously. If you spell dog backwards, it becomes "God". Thank you.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Patty - Oh, thank you. It's been a joy to have this little guy in my life. Appreciate you for coming by and for the generous rating. :)

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Chatkath ~ I might have known you are an animal lover too. My personal frustration is that I can't rescue them all. Animals are so innocent and dependent on their caretakers. Kath, I have a question for you which I am sending in an email...but first I must treat myself to your latest hub. Thank you, dear friend :)

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      Coolmon2009 5 years ago from Texas, USA

      I enjoyed reading your story. It reminds me of my first dog and the happy times we had together.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Realhousewife - Aren't we lucky? We love our doggies and they love us. Hard to believe that not everyone shares these kinds of feelings. I ask myself - " why does anyone have a dog if they don't feel love for their dog?"

      Thanks, my beautiful friend -

      coolmom2009 - Hello and thank you for being here. The memories of our animals are always with us. They remain some of the best ones, and are the best part of us as well. :)

      MovieMaster - Oh, I am so glad you are an animal lover. Thanks for your kind words - I so appreciate them!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      mckbirdbks - Clancey is amazing and intuitive. When I lost my son to cancer, and he caught me crying, he would actually do funny little tricks and things to cheer me up. Yes, you are so right...I have been very rewarded. Thanks.

      Sinea - Oh, what a wonderful thing for you to do. Your heart is full of love. I'm so glad you read this and left your comments. Thank you. Hugs

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hyphenbird - I am so thankful for your comments, my friend. You and I are absolutely on the same page. I am researching the internet now to see how I can do something to stop these horrible puppy mills. It makes me sick. You are a treasure!

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      Wolfyone 5 years ago from Central Maine

      I have three rescue dogs and I couldn't agree more about what you said in your article. Mine are very precious to me. I can't imagine how people can be so cruel. It breaks my heart to hear about what some animals have to endure. Clancy won the dog lottery when you found him.

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Eleven years together? Did I read that correctly? That is a very long time. What a touching story. Rated up.

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      poetvix 5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      Clancy has stolen my heart! This is a delightful treat of a hub. The life lessons you shared are good advice and worthy of a vote up on their own, but Clancy steals the show. Thanks to God you were able to save him.

      I envy you being able to scoop him up and hold him for pictures. The love of my life, a French Mastiff named Ever, is not scoopable, but I would not trade her for anything.

      Thank you for making me smile.

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      Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for sharing. What a sweet hub.

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      justmesuzanne 5 years ago from Texas

      Lovely story! Your Clancy looks a little like my Toby; although, I don't think Toby is a Shih-Tzu. I certainly hope that breeder was stopped in her tracks!

      Voted up and awesome! :)

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      Julianna 5 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Beautiful and touching story! I love pets and was drawn to the poem and your Clancy. I know the guilty feeling when you lose a pet and bring home a new one. We finally brought home a new puppy after the loss of our Nazoo 18 months ago. It was nine days after mom. When I think about my baby my eyes still well up ; but my new bundle of joy reminds me so much of him. Thanks for sharing and thumbs up!

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      What a wonderful story. Clancey is adorable. Sometimes you just connect. We have too saved dogs, previously abused. There.s nothing like the love and devotion of a saved dog. Up and awesome.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Vocalcoach... love your little friend Clansey and the love that you have for him. Pets are so amazing once a bond of love has been formed. They are more like people than pets and when they leave us we feel the same.

      I have a little Hananese that looks almost exactly the same. I call her "Quigley" and she has personality and loves being around this house. One word and she is ready for anything. Great hub...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      KoffeeKlatchGals - How precious that you have 2 resued sweethearts. You are beyond compassionate for taking these angels and providing a nurturing and loving, safe place for them. God bless them (and you.)

      I am sorry to tell you that my beloved Clancey passed away recently. I don't need to tell you how much I miss him. I will always carry him in my heart. I decided to rescue another sweet dog that needed care, stability and love. His name is "Dobro" (a musical string instrument). He is around 12 or 13 yrs old and is a cocker spaniel.

      I'd adopt them all if I could and I've a feeling you would too. Thank you kindly.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Dear Rolly - I love your little "Quigley". Would love to see a photo of her.

      She sounds like she has so much personality. And I'll bet you are just the best "daddy."

      I lost my Clancey to congestive heart failure. You can imagine how sad that has been. His little ashes are in a cedar box sitting on the fireplace mantel along with his baby picture. Although I quickly adopted a dog that needed to be rescued (cocker spaniel named Dobro) he can't replace Clancey can he? Dobro is an older dog (13) and has been neglected all his life. Very sweet and I love him too. Give quigley a pet on the belly for me. Thank you.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Paradise - I'm with you. I would give every animal the love, shelter and care they all deserve. My heart breaks when I see these precious souls abused and mis-treated. Thank you!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      timorous - Oh I just have to go read your hub about your buddy. I'm so sorry. My little Clancey is now in doggie heaven too. I'm so grateful for all the years of love and joy he gave me. Hugs to you my friend.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Rolly - Thanks for reading my story about my little friend Clancey. He is with the doggie angels now. You are so right about how amazing these animals really are. And they are truly like people ( even smarter in most cases.) How precious your "Quigley" is. I saw a photo of her and fell in love! Give her a hug from vocalcoach in California!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      It is so sad that puppy mills exist. It is no wonder that many of the puppies that come from them are sickly and do not live long lives. Your little Clancey was lucky and obviously so were you to have had him for 11 years. I will never understand how humans can be so cruel to animals to treat them like that. How would they like to live surrounded by excrement and filth?

      Thanks for raising awareness about puppy mills and thanks for sharing your beloved Clancey with us. UUB votes and will pin that adorable picture of Clancey in the snow to my Aren't dogs great! board.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Peggy - I would give anything to find a way to shut down every puppy mill in the world. I paid a small fortune to the vet almost every month for 11 years to keep this little guy well. I'd do it again. Like you, I can't understand the cruelty of humans to innocent animals.

      Thanks for pinning Clanceys picture and for the votes. I love and miss him so!

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I remember when Clancey died. I know you still miss him and always will. My Gizmo is part Shih Tzu. He is nearly 10, and I can't imagine life without him. We are together all the time! I truly believe that your Clancey is in Heaven with your son, and I know that when Gizmo leaves me, he will wait for me, too. Bless you for the life you gave Clancey.

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      Your video is so cute. What a treasure Clancey was. I hate puppies’ mills but some are legal and get away with what they do. We just adopted a puppy from a shelter. We knew he was coming in from San Bernardino the shelters out there kill these pups almost as soon as they get them. A lady in our town goes out there to save them and bring them back here. We are so glad we have him.

      Great hub voted up and shared.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      What an adorable pooch. I love the photo of the binky. Our pets are such great family members and will always hold a place in our hearts.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Audrey, I'm so sorry it took me so long to get to this post. I have to say the video makes me want to puke! I used to live near Lancaster and I always thought the Amish were a humble people that respected the earth and all living beings (although they don't like humans who use electricity, zippers and automobiles).

      Thank goodness you saved Clancy and the two of you had a wonderful life together! I can feel your pain in losing him. I've lost dear pets in my life and will continue to do so because every home needs a pet and every pet needs a home.

      This is a heart-wrenching but heartwarming piece at the same time. God bless you and all those who rescue our beloved animals.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Victoria Lynn - Apologies for the long delay in replying. It's healing for me to talk with someone that remembers when my little Clancey died. How I love and miss him. I look forward to the day I can be with both Clancey and my son Todd. Such a huge emptiness exists without them.

      Your precious Gizmo brings you such joy and fulfillment. He is getting on in years but I know he will do his 'doggie best' to remain here on earth as long as he can. My other dog, "Dobro" is 16, blind and not hearing well. He lives in Tennessee with my son, Randy. Randy and I brought him home when we saw how neglected he was by his owners. It was just terrible. He is cocker spaniel and so sweet. Randy sends me photos of him regularly. Our pets are our family and gifts from Heaven. Hugs, Audrey

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hello moonlake - I wish these darn puppy mills were all shut down. These places are just terrible. How wonderful that you adopted a puppy from a shelter. And what a kind and caring lady in your town that takes it upon herself to save these puppies. You are both to be commended. I miss my Clancey every day. He will always be a big part of me. Thank you so much for commenting and voting up and sharing.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Dear bravewarrior - I'm the one to apologize for the long delay. (Shame on me.) Clancey was such a gift to me. This little guy really taught me by example what unconditional love is. We, who have lost our beloved pets share a special kind of pain. Thank you Sha for being one of God's little critter protectors. You are beautiful!

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      Maria Jordan 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Audrey,

      What a difference three years makes...! My dream has come true and Clancey is indeed good friends now with Aunt Baby, who crossed the Rainbow Bridge in May, 2014... and I know they wait for us both.

      Not a day goes by that I don't miss my Baby girl and I believe she misses me too...I know you understand that, Audrey. In the meantime, WE are good friends and that means the world. Love you, Maria

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      I've come here very late but that doesn't mean I don't understand. These "little people" are God's gift to us and how we treat them shows what kind of person we are. Certainly you are a wonderful person.

      You and Clancy were a perfect match, that's easy to see. I've lost my little friends in the past, I can't seem to be without one, and each one takes a piece of my heart with them.

      As for puppy mills, there is a demon waiting somewhere for those that run puppy mills!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Such precious babies.....the video of the puppy mill was very upsetting to view. My heart is breaking and I felt a need to rescue them all.....get them well and showered with love.

      This is one of those facts of life I have such a tough time with, Audrey and knowing makes us feel helpless for these little creatures.

      You gave Clancey a wonderful life and I know how much love he gave to you..... UP+++

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      marcourjor

      I love your term "the rainbow bridge." I know that your Aunt Baby and my Clancey are the best of friends. And yes, they are waiting for the time that we join them again.

      I share how you miss your Aunt Baby every single day. I also share in your joy of knowing our fur angels are waiting for us. How blessed we are.

      And here we are...blessed with a beautiful friendship. I am so thankful!

      Love and hugs,

      Audrey

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

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      Hi Mary. Since Clancey, I rescued a Cocker Spaniel, an older dog who was about to be put down by the owner. My son and I brought him home, had him groomed and fed, and he inherited Clanceys bed.

      His name was Dobro. I use past tense as he is now with Clancey. He lived to be 17 years old.

      Now that I share a home with Lisa, my daughter, I am grama to her dog, Bridgette. I just can't be without these loving creatures.

      I love your comment about puppy mills and the demon. I so agree with you.

      Thank you my friend. You are a treasure!

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      Hi Paula. I share your feelings about these horrible puppy mills and wanting to rescue every fur baby, nurse them to health and shower them with love. You have a very kind heart!

      I can't even watch the television commercials that feature abused and neglected animals. At one time, I would cry all the way through the commercial. Now, I don't look at them period.

      It just breaks my heart.

      Thank you my friend for sharing your thoughts about this terrible crime.

      Love and hugs,

      Audrey

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I'm so very glad that you rescued Clancey, Audrey. Puppy mills are horrible places. I know how badly it hurts to lose a beloved dog, but you did a wonderful thing in rescuing Clancey. He had a great life with you which he may not have had if you hadn't adopted him.

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hi Alicia - I'm so touched with your comments. I've been busy signing petitions to stop puppy mills. Sure hope that day will come before I leave this earth. Your capacity for empathy and understanding is lovely. And you're so right about Clancey improving the quality of my life. I know I would not have been able to get on with my life after my son Todd died if not for this sweet little guy. Big thanks to you Alicia!

      Audrey

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