Harley’s sister, Cricket

Many people have asked about Harley’s siblings and how they are doing. They are all doing well and I will tell you about each one in individual posts. Tonight will be about Cricket.

Cricket was our first puppy mill dog and our introduction into the puppy mill industry. It was because of her that Dan and I became volunteers for National Mill Dog Rescue. That was 7 1/2 years ago and Cricket is now about 13 years old. Cricket came from a horrible puppy mill in Missouri and this was her story: She only had 1 living pup in her last 2 litters and both were born by cesarean … so Cricket was no longer of value to the breeder. Thank God she was relinquished and not killed.

She still had stitches from her last cesarean when NMDR got her. Our veterinarian referred to her scarring as a “kitchen cesarean”. This means anesthesia was NOT used. She suffered. In fact, Cricket suffered so much that she was extremely terrified of humans, but men in particular. It took 3 years before Dan could walk up to Cricket and pet her. For the longest time it was baby-steps for Cricket and we were very patient. She deserved that.

All these years later Cricket’s favorite person is her dad, Dan. She would live in his lap if it were possible. And she is almost ready to give kisses … almost.

Cricket is the kindest, sweetest, most gentle and submissive little Chihuahua you could ever meet. She always mothered Harley. From the moment she first met him, Cricket took care of him.

Cricket is smart, she can sit, stay, roll over and shake paw. She developed a condition called protein losing enteropathy, which is a serious auto-immune disease and it nearly took Cricket’s life, that was 2 years ago. She is doing well now thanks to a great doctor (Dr. Allison Bradley, who was also Harley’s internist). She gets daily meds and a special diet.

So that’s our Crickey …. we love her dearly. We know she’s experienced a lot of loss in her earlier years and it’s sad to know she is missing her brother right now.


Harley Cricket sleeping (2)


  1. Wow, I will never understand how selfishness and greed from humans which are here to protect and take care of Mother Earth’s creatures, to disrespect and do such horrible things to a living being boggles my mind..
    Cricket is a beautiful girl, I would have never guessed she was 13 such a beautiful color too.
    You two are one of the most wonderful couples in the field of puppy mill volunteers. No question you have always had the heart, compassion, patience, understanding and do whatever it takes and give them the life they so deserved when they were born.
    Thank you ♡

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  2. Great story about Cricket. I lost Miss Pennypoo in January at 14 yo. Her two sisters and brother took about a month to get over their loss. Its amazing how thet too grieved. Looking forward to following Harley. I have for a long time. Lynda, Paquita. MISSY and Poncho Pete. From Arizona


  3. she is a little love thank you for finding her and giving her the love she needed and that was so sweet she mothered harley❤ love to you all

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  4. Dear Sweet Crickie
    Sleep snug tonight. Harley is watching over you. You are well loved.
    Kisses from Auntie Wynn


  5. Thank you for letting us know about Harley’s siblings. I know how my pets have grieved over the loss of a sibling, and sometimes a foster who was here only a couple of months. Thank you for saving Cricket and letting her learn to trust in goodness.


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