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Goldendoodle Overwhelmed From Puppy Mill Feels Tender Arms Around Her

Written by: Julie Hunt
Julie Hunt is an avid dog lover and writer for, and has a background as a veterinary technician. She rescued a beautiful former bait dog named Rory.Read more
| Published on December 29, 2023

Murphy, a Goldendoodle, had a rough start in life. She was one of the many dogs trapped in the largest puppy mill in Iowa, where she was nothing more than a number. Confined to a small crate her entire life, Murphy had no idea what life outside her cage was like. But that was all about to change. The puppy mill was raided and all the dogs were seized. Murphy went into foster care with Katera, an avid dog lover with a pure, patient heart. Katera and her boyfriend, Chris, were about to transform Murphy’s life forever.


Once Murphy was in Katera’s care, she refused to leave her crate. She stayed inside for weeks, likely due to habit and feeling overwhelmed. But then, finally, Murphy mustered the courage to peek her head out of her crate. This small act marked the beginning of her journey towards a better life. Katera noticed her fear and uncertainty but also saw her potential for growth and happiness. She was determined to give Murphy the love and care she deserved.


When Murphy was taken in, her fur was matted, and she had never received a bath before. The water from her first rinse was filthy due to the neglect she had experienced. Her fur was in such poor condition that it had to be shaved off. Murphy also had to learn how to walk on a leash, something she had never done before. With the help of Katera’s boyfriend, Chris, Murphy slowly began to explore the world outside her crate.

Chris would carry Murphy around, allowing her to see the world from a less intimidating perspective. Over time, a bond formed between the two and Murphy began to feel more at ease in Chris’s arms. Eventually, Chris decided to put Murphy down and see if she could walk on her own. To everyone’s surprise, Murphy took five steps forward and has loved going for walks since.

As the days went on, Murphy’s personality began to shine through. She started to demand pets and affection from her new family. After a few weeks, Katera felt comfortable enough to bring Murphy to a quiet park. There, Murphy experienced a sense of freedom she had never known before.


The genuine attachment between Murphy and Chris was evident when she would stand on her hind legs and place her paws on his shoulders. It was no surprise when Chris officially adopted Murphy. The two have become inseparable, and their bond is a testament to the power of love and patience.

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Murphy’s journey is an inspiring story of resilience and choosing happiness despite the traumatic experiences she endured. She serves as a reminder that even in the darkest of situations, there is always hope for a better life. Today, Murphy is a happy, healthy dog who continues to bring joy to those around her.

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