LINDON Wearing a sky-blue sweater and a rhinestone-studded collar, Mabel scuttles around the tile floor of Lindon's Diamond Glass like she owns the place.
Mabel, a 10-week-old pug, is the newest addition to the glass-business family, after being rescued from a puppy mill auction when she was only 2 days old.
"We just immediately fell in love with her," said Diamond Glass's general manager Ammie Hickman, who freely admits she has spoiled her new addition "rotten" with sweaters, toys and treats.
"I don't know how parents do it," she added. "I haven't gotten a good night's sleep since I got her."
Hickman holds Mabel like a baby, cooing as she rubs the dog's chin and letting the puppy chew gently on her fingers. When Mabel starts squirming, Hickman sets her down so she can run around the office to be cuddled by other adoring employees. Even customers stop in to say "hi" to the "new baby."
It was an office decision to adopt Mabel and there's a "potty plan" posted on the wall, plus a sign-up list of who has volunteered to walk Mabel at various times each day.
"She's just so sweet and smart, we decided we wanted to do more," Hickman said.
So during April and May, for each customer who gets a noninsurance-paid, rock-chip repair at 165 S. State in Lindon, Diamond Glass will donate 100 percent around $16 to fund other rescue efforts.
Hickman first saw Mabel in late February in a news story about a nonprofit group in Utah, Wasatch Animal Rescue, and their recent trip to Missouri where they rescued 116 animals from a puppy auction including Mabel's mother, Faith.
But these scores of dogs weren't the prize merchandise they were the pups too sick or too old to be sold to pet stores, destined to be euthanized if they weren't given away.
So, Wasatch Animal Rescue gathered them up, including Faith, who had given birth to Mabel and her siblings in a metal sink at the auction.
"They've lived in rabbit cages, they've never been touched," said Heather, a 17-year volunteer with Wasatch Animal Rescue who made the 20-plus-hour drive from Missouri to Utah in February with the adopted animals in a large van. "They're frightened of people."
Most of the dogs had severe health problems, including parasites, lice and ulcers on their feet from living in breeding cages their entire life, Heather said. Some dogs had such severe dental diseases their entire jaws had rotted away. Most had never seen grass or sunlight.
The rescuers brought back another batch of 80 dogs just two weeks ago, and Heather said they spent their first days huddled in cages, shying away from loving petting. After regular feedings, bathings and checkups, the puppies are now bouncing up and down, licking everyone they can.
"In a short week and a half, they're realizing that not everybody sucks, and that not everybody's going to hurt them," Heather said. Heather asked that her last name not be used so she wouldn't be prevented from rescuing more puppies in the future from poorly run puppy mills.
Of the first group of 116, all have been adopted, and from the second group, only a handful are still looking for homes."It's amazing the impact she's had (here)," Hickman said, laughing as she describes how her big, tough technicians come in to play with Mabel and slip into baby talk. "I can't imagine the life she would have had in those cages."
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