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Well, been doing some research on my rescue lab's background and I came across this interesting site and thought I'd better say hi! :)

Our dog is a little black lab called Holly (named by us, previously she was just a code-number!!) - she was one of the labs from a high-profile case of 160 pedigree labs that some of you may remember. These dogs were from a puppy farm or 'breeder' as mentioned on GMTV. I have now discovered that she originally came from Norfolk, and the lady
who 'gave' up the pups is still able to breed which I find distressing, because although Holly was perfectly healthy physically, her emotional state is fragile and she has obviously had little or no human contact, no socialising, no mental stimulation and no training.

Well, what can I say about her? She is a lovely-natured, clever, gentle dog and she has brought lots of fun, love and laughter into our lives - though not without hard work! (I realise some people had misgivings about the way the case was handled - but she wasn't a snap decision, we had considered getting a new puppy/rescue dog for months before we heard about these dogs and decided we wanted to help. We had the full rspca home-inspection, were only asked for a £80 donation towards the micro-chipping, vets fees and spaying and found the RSPCA to be helpful and caring.)

For the first three weeks she would not tolerate any physical contact, didn't know what toys were for, and for some time to begin with we thought we'd never see the day when her tail would wag. I'm happy to say that she is now a happy, healthy, tail-wagging, playful puppy dog. Though as I'm sure you can imagine still has lots of emotional baggage and is v.nervous and sometimes hand/foot/loud noise shy. (We are looking into getting special one-to-one lessons with a local behaviourist).

I'd love to chat to people who have experienced similar tales with their rescue-labs. I know it will take time with our little dog but I think we're well on the way!!

Bye for now x :D
 

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Holly sounds like she had a lucky escape and is now with a loving home that can take care of her needs. Glad to hear she is coming along well and that her tail is wagging a labrador's got to wag it's tail I never saw mine with his tail down once!
Do you know what happened to the other 159 labs hope they have all got homes now.

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Hi Rainbow

Welcome to you and of course Holly. It's great to hear that she has a new loving home and I'm sure she will come along in leaps and bounds now that she has found you.

Keep us posted and we look forward to seeing some pictures.

All the best,
Nicola.
 

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Hi Rainbow
Welcome to the forum and well done for giving Holly a home. It'n not easy rehabilitating a dog, but I have no doubt your hard work and love will be repaid many times over.
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Thanks to you all for a warm welcome. Will try and put up a pic of her, though not sure how!!
 

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hello!
I think that I may know one of the other 160 dogs- he's called Toby and was from the RSPCA. He was a very nervous little thing- somewhat unusual looking, maybe from the inbreeding, but he's still a sweetheart. That lady should be banned for life from keeping any form of animal; abusing those who cannnot speak or retaliate is one of the most debased actions I can think of.
Just one question, Toby was from the farm that was on GMTV but I hasted to add that it wasnt in Norfolk- had it been I would have gone straight away to the RSPCA and got several of those poor dogs as I live in Norfolk and have links to the RSPCA. Toby was kept in a barn up near Durham, so you may want to check that he is in fact from Norfolk at all.
Hope your dog is doing well- it makes all the difference to give a rescue dog a new start!
 

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Hi daisydoodle

Thanks for the info - I read online about the norfolk link, to be honest it's hard to find out where and what exactly happened so anything I can find out is most helpful. I hope Toby is doing well. Holly is still very nervous but I guess that it just takes time. Think you're right about all the inbreeding too: she's a very pretty lab but is noticeably small for her breed - think that must be as a result of the breeding.
 
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