Hi everybody. My name is Bonnie, though my mother of the last thirteen years says “if EVER a dog was misnamed?!”. Well, I guess she has a point. I came from a “volume breeder”. And…you could say I was a pretty hard nut to crack.
I remember the morning well…it as about 3am. My person mother Jan couldn’t sleep. I had most of the bed…Jan reached down for her glasses to read….They were new. And they cost $300 and guess what…I’d chewed them to bits. So here we were, 3am in the Blue Mountains, its snowing outside. Jan was yelling,..boy was she MAD, as in furious…..I ran. I just jumped off the bed and ran out the dog door she’d just installed. I was in the snow hiding, I figured I had a better chance being a Westie. Jan was close behind me though! I thought she was going to give me a smack…But instead…She leant down and said “you poor little mite….come here” and she picked me up in a warm blanket.
She was standing in the snow herself in bare feet. She took me back inside and said to her husband ( my Dad really), “Jack, she’s got to go back… I don’t want a refund. I just can’t cope with her wicked behaviour.,…:” at this…I admit….I hung my head…and Jack said “Ok love…we’ll return her. The next people she’s sold to will just put her down…” Jan started to cry…But I felt hopeful somehow…I thought…maybe I can be better…maybe they will give me another chance….”..I did try to be good, but I made lots and lots of mistakes along the way. Jan said I was anti the world. And in a way she was right.
My breeder had thirty dogs…I felt I had to try to stand out and the only way I could do it…was to be loudest and naughtiest…I know if I hadn’t gone to my Jan and my Jack…I probably would not be alive today.
With sons and daughters and grandies of my own. I’m retired now. And I love my life, holidays, best food, first lady and all that….but I want to remind you that even kids like me, essentially a badly educated kid, can find a life and make a home with a good family and be valued.
So, if you do have a puppy farmed pet, don’t give up too soon. All things are possible with unconditional love….XXXXX Bonnie.