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Silvertoes (aka Carson) is a Chihuahua that lived 9 years in a puppy mill cage. Imagine never feeling sunshine on your face or grass between your toes. But all of that changed when he was rescued by Small Breed Rescue of East TN (SBRET) located in Oak Ridge, TN in November 2011.

Carson was one of the most shut down dogs that SBRET had ever taken in. He was so scared he couldn’t make eye contact, and his skin would literally crawl when someone would reach out to touch him. To help him learn that good things could come from people, he was hand fed. To help him learn to not be afraid of the normal sights and sounds of a home, his bed was put in the middle of the living room. Over several months he became more comfortable with home life and with his foster mom.

In October 2012, almost a year after being rescued, Carson was taken to one more adoption event. He had been to several but never showed well because of his fear of strangers. But this day was different because Carson was the star of the show when he took first prize in the Halloween costume contest and when Carolyn, a past adopter, found us. She was just out on an errand and didn’t know SBRET was there. She said she wasn’t sure what made her stop. She knew of Carson and had been following his progress that was posted on SBRET’s website. When she saw him and he looked at her, she knew it was time to have him join her four Chihuahua family. It was serendipity that made Carolyn stop and this time the earth, the moon and the stars were aligned just right and now Carson is home forever.

Kathy Grunwell
Oak Ridge, TN

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