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Meet Jessie-Lynne–dog lover, animal rescuer and October Maiden!

Posted in Maiden Interviews, Maiden of the Month with tags , , , on October 17, 2009 by metalinkshop

We spoke with Jessie-Lynne, in the running for October Maiden of the Month, about her love for animals and her rescue mission that almost prevented her from submitting her photos in time to participate in this month’s contest! If you haven’t yet, go to Metal Ink and vote for Jessie-Lynne today!

Bella & Niblet

Bella & Niblet

MI: Thanks for doing the interview with us. Just want to give the background to our readers first. Your photo submission for the October Maiden of the Month contest came in right at the deadline, and the story behind it is really interesting. You were on a 10-hour long car ride to rescue a dog?

J: Yes, that’s when I picked up Nibles, my new Pom!

MI: That’s so special! How did you find out about him?

J: I’ve always been for rescuing animals and fostering animals from shelters. I’ve been a vegetarian since I was 5 years old!

MI: That’s super young!

J: My mom’s vegetarian too.

MI: So you were imitating her as a little girl? Cute!

J: Not exactly. One day I was eating chicken nuggets at McDonalds, and I ate into a vein. I asked what it was and my mom was brutal, more brutal than she needed to be. She didn’t sugar coat; she showed me books that talked about slaughter houses and factory farms. To me, even at that age, it felt wrong, so I haven’t eaten meat since. When I was growing up, I wrote numerous reports on no kill shelters. It’s just something I have been interested in and passionate about.

MI: Tell us about your new dog.

J: The dog we just got was a breeding dog most of his life and the thing that’s sad and that most people don’t realize is that most dogs sold at pet stores are from puppy mills. It’s sad how they’re treated just like livestock, because there are no laws. So the farmers look at the dogs as livestock. It’s really big among the Amish community, and if you watch puppy mills documentaries, you see how the dogs aren’t kept in the home, and they’re often debarked.

MI: What’s that?

J: Debarking is where they put a sharp object or a pipe down the dog’s throat so that they can’t make noise.

MI: That’s so awful.

J: The dog that we just got, chances are, it hasn’t been out of his cage in his whole life. It’s been in a 3×4 foot box its whole life!

MI: How is he adjusting?

J: He’s starting to open up now, and it’s really rewarding.

MI: How did you find out about him? Niblet?

J: I check petfinder.com quite frequently; it’s a habit of mine. Niblet was on there for a few months and no one had rescued him so I took a chance drove 10 hours out to Iowa, which is like the middle of nowhere. We had to drive down a gravel road! I live in Chicago, and I don’t usually drive down gravel roads.

MI: So someone had already rescued him from a farm?

J: Yes, we got him from a rescue group and they do a great job! I rescued my other Pom, Bella, from another rescue group in the Detroit area.

MI: How are Bella and Niblet getting along?

J: Poms are great in pairs! They’re getting along well, except for when Niblet’s sleeping and Bella’s trying to sidle up next to him. He doesn’t like that too much.

MI: Does he try to nip her?

J: He doesn’t have any front teeth! So sometimes I call him “Gummy bear.” *Laughs.* It’s kinda mean.

MI: It’s so cute! That what Pomeranians look like anyway, little bears! Thanks so much for your time, and best of luck in the October Maiden of the Month contest!

If you want to know more about animal rescue and puppy mills, please visit the links below!

Links:
http://www.fluffybutts.com/ (The rescue group that saved Niblet)
http://www.petfinder.com/ (How Jessie-Lynne found Bella & Niblet)
http://stoppuppymills.org/
http://stoppuppymills.org/puppy_buying_tips.html
http://www.aspca.org/fight-animal-cruelty/puppy-mills/

Bella

Bella

Niblet

Niblet