Jackson's foster dad has beautifully written about Jackson's journey from his horrid puppymill days to his days in foster and recovery, and included some great photos that help tell the story. Read it here: Jackson's Journey
Punkin was purchased from an Amish Swap Meet where he was being sold as a breeder stud. He & 5 other dogs were crammed into a chicken crate. The lady, who purchased Punkin, wanted him for a pet & thought she was saving him, until she realized that he had multiple, severe health issues she was unable to afford. Punkin was surrendered to NBSTR on 2-10-07. Evaluation by the Vet & a Cardiologist, revealed that Punkin has severe, inoperable heart disease. Punkin also has severely deformed hind legs, inoperable because of his heart, which resulted from miller neglect. Punkin has the soul and spirit of a giant and gives no attention to his infirmities. When trying to walk on all 4's become laborous for him, he walks on his front paws with his tail in the air like a little circus performer. He is a little love bug, who charms all he meets. He is wary of strangers, and at a whopping 4 pounds, performs like a giant watch dog & protector when strangers enter his world. Punkin will live out whatever time we are granted with him in his foster home in OH, where the sun rises and sets on him.
Read Jackson's foster dad's story of this wonderful dog's survival and triumph. Please use this link to read this beautiful story: Jackson's Journey
6 year old Jackson came to NBSTR from an Arkansas puppy mill in December, 2007. When he arrived, he was almost completely matted and had nails over an inch long. He had eye infections there were so severe that one eye is scarred, resulting in partial blindness in that eye. Severe ear infections also resulted in partial loss of hearing. Jackson had lost a number of teeth already, and those that were left were infected, and some were broken. The vet stated that the broken teeth were from him chewing on the bars of his cage. After his dental, he was left with 8 teeth: 6 on top, 2 on the bottom. He was emaciated, was a good six pounds under weight, and had very poor muscle tone. Jackson was also diagnosed with a Grade 4 heart murmur, is severely bow-legged, and to top it all off, he has been de-barked and is unable to make any noise. Jackson's initial vet bills were $2500.
His foster dad, Daniel Darnieder, reports that after a lot of tender loving care, Jackson has regained most of his weight. "In spite of all this, he is the sweetest, easy going, loving, and life-loving dog I have ever had. Due to Jackson's heart murmur, he will be on medication for the remainder of his life at the cost of $100 per month.