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