Now living happily in Hermosa, South Dakota.
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.
Thomas Paine is, quite simply, the life of the party. When he arrived at the shelter he immediately hopped into a huge box of toys and tossed all of them out until he found the ones he wanted to play with. We had tears in our eyes watching this celebration of life as we struggled to understand how this tiny, filthy, abused dog could be having such fun. He is such a survivor and such a little hero. Thomas Paine has continued to spread his joy about the place, playing all sorts of dog games and flirting unmercifully with people. He is all about happiness, the most joyful little creature one could ever imagine. Other than having some deciduous teeth removed at his first dental appointment, Thomas Paine has absolutely no health problems and many more years of delighting any and all people who cross his path.