This is Nellie. She’s a beloved Animals Australia team member, bin-raider, couch-dweller and teddy bear. Hers is a world where puppy factories don’t exist – but that wasn’t always the case.
Every morning, Nellie wakes up in her bed and stretches before trotting happily to the car. She’ll return from her first of three daily beach walks to be greeted by a warm breakfast, followed by a nap and usually playtime with her canine ‘brother’, Buddy. It’s hard to believe that just a few years ago, this cheeky, sparkly-eyed dog didn’t even know how to wag her tail.
Nellie spent five long years in a puppy factory. She was kept tied up, and forced to produce litter after litter of puppies who were all taken from her to be sold into the pet supply chain. Like most ‘breeder dogs’, she never knew what ‘walkies’ meant. Nobody took her to the park to play, let her rest her head on their lap, or told her what a good girl she was.
But unlike so many breeding mums just like her, Nellie was freed.