If you're unclear as to the impact of a dog being raised in a puppy mill, come meet Simon Girty. Sadly, he is a classic example of an animal who has been terrorized by the human hand, malnourished, abused, and left to rot in his own filth once he became unable or unwilling to continue breeding. Simon's spirit has been shattered. His faith in humans is nonexistent. He cowers when we approach and hates being touched. Those who know Poms know that this is extremely uncharacteristic of the normally confident, happy, loving breed and it is truly painful to witness. However, Simon does have a very happy time with the other small dogs, and is learning not to be so frightened of every little thing. We are careful to give him his space, but speak constantly to him and sometimes attempt a snuggle so that he learns that people can be kind and gentle. We don't know to what extent Simon will come around but we do know that a family who will support him and love him without condition is what he needs. He may eventually become a bouncy, silly Pom or he may always be skittish around people. Whatever the case, no dog has ever deserved the safety, warmth and comfort of his own home more than our precious Simon Girty.