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By Carol Bradley

A compelling precise tale of 1 dog's rescue from a Pennsylvania dog mill

This touching narrative makes use of the poignant makeover of Gracie, a sickly Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, to inform the tale of America's hidden dog mills-commercial kennels that breed canine in terrible residing stipulations and churn out often-diseased and emotionally broken pups for sale.

Saving Gracie chronicles how one little puppy is remodeled from a bedraggled animal tired from bearing doggies right into a loving, fit member of her new kinfolk; and the way her proprietor, Linda Jackson, is modified from an individual who slightly tolerated canine to a lady passionately made up our minds not just to save lots of Gracie's existence, but additionally to get the notice out concerning the hundreds of thousands of yank dog mill canines who desire our help.

  • A touching tale of survival and redemption
  • Written through award-winning journalist Carol Bradley
  • Newsworthy matters name animal enthusiasts to action

Join journalist Carol Bradley as she attracts again the curtain at the international of unlawful dog construction in Saving Gracie.

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Lebanon, inhabitants 24,000, was once a picturesque former metal city divided by means of railroad tracks. at the north aspect have been blocks of row homes and a ancient downtown unique by means of the ornate spire of the century-old Samler development. The south aspect of city, the place the Jacksons lived, was once outlined by way of midcentury buying facilities and neighborhoods with rolling lawns and mature timber. Gracie had no real interest in the surroundings. She lay at the middle console of Linda’s sedan together with her head in Linda’s lap, her eyes closed blissfully. The sound of wheels on pavement looked as if it would conjure thoughts in their first journey jointly, the day they drove clear of the protect and left Gracie’s previous lifestyles in the back of for reliable. As Linda made her rounds, shopkeepers and repair staff started to touch upon the strikingly coloured Cavalier stretched out subsequent to her. “What a darling little puppy! ” they'd say. Linda could clarify that Gracie were rescued from a dog mill. She might inform them the tale of Michael Wolf’s kennel and the way Gracie have been used as a breeding puppy. and he or she could indicate the imaginative and prescient difficulties Gracie nonetheless suffered because of her scratched, scarred eyes. She’d mentioned Gracie along with her officemate on the Y, Diane, who had lately gotten her first puppy. At staff PA, her colleague Steve desired to comprehend all concerning the Cavalier; he had a rescued puppy, too. Linda advised Gracie’s tale to her collage roommate, Jennifer, who lived close to Philadelphia. She commiserated approximately Gracie’s illnesses along with her pal invoice, proprietor of Wertz sweets; his rescued Dachshund needed to have an eye fixed got rid of. And earlier than lengthy, the pals who watched Gracie trot so faithfully in the back of Linda knew her tale, too. Linda observed Gracie a lot it stunned her. She’d by no means been the kind to be politically active—she had sufficient distractions simply getting throughout the day. by surprise, although, she had a wish to unfold the be aware, to get humans to work out that dog turbines needed to be stopped. the chums and neighbors she spoke with have been disturbed via the main points of Gracie’s previous existence. until eventually then, a lot of them had recognized little approximately dog turbines. earlier than Gracie, Linda hadn’t given dog turbines a lot proposal, both. the city she grew up in had no puppy shops. Her grandmother bred Poodles once or twice and offered the domestic dogs, yet that was once a much cry from the large-volume kennels that had given puppy breeding this sort of black eye. within the fall of 2007, after a reception to rejoice the 10th anniversary of staff PA, Linda had an opportunity to speak with Governor Rendell concerning the topic. They have been status close to the dessert desk whilst she brought herself. She thanked Rendell for aiding more durable puppy legislation, and instructed him she had followed one of many canines from Wolf’s kennel. She came upon she used to be talking with a kindred spirit. a few months past, Rendell and his spouse, Marjorie, had taken of their 3rd rescue puppy, a Golden Retriever they named Maggie. they discovered her via major Line Animal Rescue. A breeding puppy in a dog mill, Maggie were deemed dead after giving delivery to a stillborn clutter.

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