A compelling true story of one dog's rescue from a Pennsylvania puppy mill
This touching narrative uses the poignant makeover of Gracie, a sickly Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, to tell the story of America's hidden puppy mills-commercial kennels that breed dogs in horrific living conditions and churn out often-diseased and emotionally damaged puppies for sale.
Saving Gracie chronicles how one little dog is transformed from a bedraggled animal worn out from bearing puppies into a loving, healthy member of her new family; and how her owner, Linda Jackson, is changed from a person who barely tolerated dogs to a woman passionately determined not only to save Gracie's life, but also to get the word out about the millions of American puppy mill dogs who need our help.
Join journalist Carol Bradley as she draws back the curtain on the world of illegal puppy production in Saving Gracie.
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Author Carol Bradley with her two dogs
Gracie after being rescued
Journalist Bradley exposes the hidden world of puppy mills, where dogs are caged like chickens and forced to repeatedly breed until they die. Unlike most factory farm animals that endure painful confinement and are slaughtered within six months of birth, mill breeding dogs are sentenced to many years of existence in deplorable conditions; many don't learn to walk because their cages don't give them enough room to stand. Bradley details the raid of one such mill, Mike-Mar Kennel in Oxford, Pa., which led to the seizure of more than 300 dogs, mostly adults that had languished for years with broken limbs and untreated diseases. Dog 132, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel later named Gracie, was rescued during the raid. Nearly blind, with decayed teeth and a strong aversion to human contact, Gracie flourished under the love and patience of her adoptive owner, Linda Jackson. Bradley's powerful narrative will tug at heartstrings, raise public awareness, and, hopefully, help put an end to puppy mills. (Feb.)
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Wonderful!!!!!! Praise to everyone who fights puppy mills. Shame on the Amish and selfish money grubbing dog breeders, Proud of Pennsylvania's legislation to stop the abuse. Read morePublished 1 month ago by bonita neubauer
This book markets itself as the story about one dog and her journey. But that is not what you are going to get. For this reason I have rated the book down to 3 stars. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bubbles
Despicable. Puppy mills, their owners and the people who abuse these animals for their greedy gains. Read morePublished 5 months ago by YodaWay
Heavy at times, but the subject (puppy mills) isn't a pleasant one.Published 6 months ago by amberpep
This book is about the puppy mill my dog was rescued from. It's well-written and good to know what my dog went through.Published 9 months ago by Leah182
A great story about a dog and those who helped her escape and survive a dreadful puppy mill existence. Worth reading to learn of the horrors of puppy mills.Published 12 months ago by Doug in FL
As a lover of the Cavalier breed, I enjoyed Saving Gracie very much. It was really 2 stories in one book. Read morePublished 16 months ago by J. Davis
I saw a write up on this book a couple of years ago and I finally got around to buying and reading it. Wow, very powerful. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Sandra Salamone