Hundreds of dogs and puppies rescued from a Snohomish County puppy mill operation have been taken in by people who are willing to put in the time to help the traumatized dogs recover.
A Kirkland woman was smitten with a little Yorkie she met at her vet's office.
Manuela Barber says in the 20 minutes they spent together, the little dog urinated 12 times around the room.
But "Tiny" tugged at her heart, so she took a chance on him and took him home, where she put him on a strict potty schedule, taking him out every three hours.
"Of course that was after I chased him around the house like a little devil to catch him," she said.
She says the frightened dog would shy away from human touch as if it hurt him.
But she says now, a week later, he is completely housetrained, doesn't run away from her and is slowly allowing her to pet him.
"The horrible hardness and sadness I saw in his eyes seems to gradually disappear," she said. "He is 4 years old and he has so much catching up to do. Poor little guy."
Manuela says she thinks Tiny will soon be a "happy camper."
"Because he does deserve to be loved and free for the rest of his life," she says.