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THE LITTLE DOG WHO MADE GOOD ~or~ BACKYARD BREEDING SUCKS!

Image -  - Coconut's fur was severely matted and she had a terrible odor about her.

Coconut's fur was severely matted and she had a terrible odor about her.

COCONUT was a Backyard Breeder's Dog who was Slated to be "Destroyed."

Jodie, a very friendly (and pretty) receptionist at a small-town, Midwestern veterinarian's office, called S.P.A. towards the end of February to ask if we would be willing to find an exceptional home, "for a little doggie who deserves only the best," she said.

I told her sure, to send photos and a description and that we'd be happy to help.

"By the way, what is this dog's story?" I asked.

Please take a few moments to look into this little dog's eyes (and her new humans' eyes, too). I just love what I see eminating from all of these eyes, and it fills my heart with pure joy! A picture's worth a thousand words. A photograph is mirror with memory.

Coconut was purchased as a puppy to be used as produce... that's right produce.

Image - Caged for Cash... Disgusting! - Backyard Breeders often keep their

Backyard Breeders often keep their "produce" in cages. It's easier for the breeders, that way.

She spent most of the first five-seven years or so of her life in a cage, delivering litter after litter... $$$ Making big bucks $$$ for the back yard breeder who "owned" her.

This breeder dog developed pyometra.

She was taken in to be "destroyed" because what good was she with an infected uterus? Standard Procedure...

Jodie felt that huge, painful tug knot up around her heart.

She told the breeder that she had a friend who did rescue work and that she was sure that with S.P.A.'s help a wonderful home could be found. Surprisingly, the breeder agreed.

Image -  - Jodie carefully groomed little Coconut and dressed her in a soft, cozy newborn human baby hoody that she had picked up for Coconut on her way home from work.

Jodie carefully groomed little Coconut and dressed her in a soft, cozy newborn human baby hoody that she had picked up for Coconut on her way home from work.

Jodie took this matted, shivering, frightened girl home, bathed her, groomed her, and kept her warm by placing her in a little pink newborn baby's jacket that she picked up on her way home from work.

The beginning of Coconut's spectacular, Spring-like transformation. Is that HOPE I see there, in her eyes?

We received several applications, but one stood out from the others, and we kept going back to that particular application... like a magnet.

Image -  - Jodie handed us a gray stuffed doggie and said to make sure that Coconut could hug

Jodie handed us a gray stuffed doggie and said to make sure that Coconut could hug "Dud" on the way. This stuffed doggie, 'DUD', was given to Coconut by Jodie's step son "to keep her from being afraid," her stepson said. Dud was her stepson's pal when he was little. Imagine that...

When Jodie said goodbye to Coconut, she cried. Foster home folks are such extra special people, aren't they? And after all, it was Jodie who saved Coconut's life.

Image -  - It became quickly obvious that

It became quickly obvious that "Dud" did indeed make Coconut feel safe. Jodie's step-son is wise beyond his years. He knew exactly what Coconut needed!

Late yesterday afternoon, Terry and I loaded Coconut up in our car and drove to meet the Smith's at a halfway point on the Ohio Turnpike.

The gray stuffed doggie is 'DUD' given to Coconut by Jodie's step son "to keep her from being afraid," her stepson said. Dud was his pal when he was little. Just imagine that...

Image -  - Old-Timer Jackson Smith watched the entire adoption procedure take place from the back of the Smith's van. He grew tired of watching, and finally decided to sneek up from the 'way-back' and meet this cute little missy face-to-face.

Old-Timer Jackson Smith watched the entire adoption procedure take place from the back of the Smith's van. He grew tired of watching, and finally decided to sneek up from the 'way-back' and meet this cute little missy face-to-face.

Jackson Smith, their 14 year old lab, recently lost his rescued foo-foo doggie buddy, and has been suffering from the hole that was torn in his heart. He's been out of step.

Well as we were sitting there Jackson quietly wandered up to the front seat of the van from the "way back' and pressed his nose firmly against Coconut's tiny, soft body.

Image -  - The Contract of Love and Commitment was signed in a quiet neighborhood parking lot.

The Contract of Love and Commitment was signed in a quiet neighborhood parking lot.

All of a sudden we heard a loud, "Thump! Thump! Thump! against the back seat.

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"I love her already!" Mrs. Smith expressed with the radient face of a new mommy!

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Image -  - Mr. Smith wanted a little Coconut time, too!

Mr. Smith wanted a little Coconut time, too!

When it comes to compassion... we mean business!

"Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect." - Chief Seattle

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