Now living happily in Brighton, Colorado.
In July 2012, a sheriff of a small town in South Dakota called one of our directors, Julie, about 30 Pomeranians who were starving with no water. They were living in a patch of noxious weeds taller than most people. The owner/breeder had planned on shooting them, but she was allowed to willfully surrender them. The situation was one of the worst Julie had ever seen, and the rescue itself seemed impossible to carry out at times. Many of the tiny dogs were so feral and afraid that they bit and thrashed and screamed at the end of the catchpoles. Working in the heat and filth caused many rescuers to become ill. Newborn pups were found under boards near their mother, who was eating a dead bird. One fragile, terrified little Pom's fur was matted so badly that a frog was living in it. Julie and the sheriff were absolutely horrified by the sights and smells of that day.
Phyllis Wheatley earned her freedom on that day. Miraculously, she had no health concerns other than being caked with mud and fleas and flies. Perhaps even more miraculously, she is a darling, happy social butterfly. She loves all people and is up for a fun time always. She has discovered the joy of toys and is becoming a super fetcher. She digs her fuzzy face down underneath her blankets and comes out the other side grinning away. Phyllis cannot believe her good fortune and we are so excited and proud to present her to the world.