Some of you might remember Motley, my Australian Shepherd. I went through a difficult time a couple of years ago and gave Motley up to a new home. Her owner has since become a good friend and we’ve kept in touch through Facebook ever since Motley went to live in her new home. Motley’s first family gave her to me as, “free to good home.” I could never figure out why because Motley was always the best dog. She has the sweetest disposition, is eager to please, loves to play, and is overall one of the greatest dogs I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing.
However, I always questioned Motley’s origin. Her original family said they purchased her from a breeder in North Carolina, but they never gave me any more information than that. Today I received a message on Facebook from Motley’s original owner and what I learned is not very surprising. Motley came from a puppy mill.
Here’s the news article. A North Carolina man just had over 50 Australian Shepherds seized from his property. Some of them are in a local rescue. I’m tempted to go look at them. The videos and pictures I’ve seen so far remind me of Motley. They look like her, with their strange head shapes and unusual coats. I always suspected that Motley was a poorly bred Australian Shepherd (obviously she’s not from any reputable breeders I know of). People always questioned if she was really an Australian Shepherd. I figured she must have come from a backyard breeder. Nothing else could explain her oddly shaped head, unusual coat, and her intact tail.
I’m really not surprised that she came from a mill, but it’s really sad. Her original owners said that when they went to pick up Motley as a puppy, the dogs on the property all looked very healthy and were kept indoors. To me, it sounds like the man got into breeding but started keeping too many puppies and before long he was overrun with dogs that he couldn’t properly care for. A lot can change in just four years.
Anyway, I just wanted to share the news with you guys. The mystery behind Motley has finally been solved. She did indeed come from a backyard breeder.