LoLa is a 5 year old, black, smooth coat Chihuahua. She was rescued from a puppy mill this past October. For her first five years of life, she lived in the puppy mill, being forced to have litter after litter of puppies; only to have them taken away at about 6-8 weeks of age.
In the mill, she lived in a cage not much bigger than her body that was rarely cleaned of excrement, she had very little food or fresh water and absolutely no veterinary care. Along with losing all of her babies, the conditions she lived in caused her to develop severe dental disease (had to have all of her teeth removed). She also suffers from a condition called bilateral patellar luxation. Her vet tells me that she likely began experiencing knee pain and weakness at 1 year of age. That means that she lived in pain for 4 years, with no help.
Even with her medical conditions, LoLa is now happy and loving. You'd think that after living in a puppy mill she would be aggressive toward people and other pets. Well, that couldn't be farther from the truth. LoLa is hesitant and a little nervous, but she greets everyone with kindness. Her vet recently said that she is a brave girl.
In the 5 weeks that I have had LoLa, she has taught me to forgive and love again...because if she can, anyone can!