This is Bin. He is about 7 years old rescued from a puppy mill in Korea. Since Koreans prefer tea-cups-sized dog, Bin who weighed 4.5 pounds was the perfect one for a breeding dog. He had lived for 6 years at a horrific prison where life had been commercialized.
In Korea, dogs who no longer serve the breeder’s purpose run the risk of being sold to a dog meat trader. Yes, even Maltese. However, fortunately, Bin was sent to the vet for euthnasia instead of a butcher because he had a bedsore on his legs which seemed dirty for a meat. Lucky that he was sick.
When we met Bin for the first time, he didn’t budge or bark. He only looked at us lethargically from a small cage. He was a mere skeleton.
He had been diagnosed with Addison’s disease which is a hormonal disorder. That explains why he had lethargy, weakness, poor appetite, weight loss, diarrhea, and depression. Once the diagnosis had been made, we begun medication and now he is living a normal life like other healthy dogs. But he will need medications for addison’s disease for his life time.
Very quickly, Bin bonded with with his foster mom, and now follows her everywhere and is very cuddly and sweet and wants to be near her always. He is fostered with 4 other dogs. He’s generally good with them but if he gets growled at or is a near a dog that is bossy he will get defensive so it’s best with a happy-go-lucky type of a dog. He loves all people male, female, and children. When he gets excited, he barks but it is not really loud because his vocal cord had been removed. Sadly devocalization is common in Korea. Bin is totally houstrained, neutered, and up to date with vaccines. We are desparately looking for his forever loving home in Canada.
Written by Min-Jeong Kim