Rescued Dog Discovers Laps and Wonders Where They’ve Been All Her Life

Published by Alisa Mullins.

Crystal just realized what a lap is—and it has changed her life forever.

Crystal, a dog rescued by PETA, sitting in someone's lap

Until recently, the 7-month-old puppy had been a “backyard dog” and a “neglected dog.” But now, she knows what her true calling is: being a “lap dog.”

Rescued dog Crystal gives some love to a new friend

When PETA fieldworkers discovered Crystal running loose at a North Carolina trailer park, they could smell her practically before they could see her. That’s because the petite American Eskimo mix was suffering from a massive, infected wound that reeked.

"before" picture of Crystal with terrible neck wound

Nearly hidden by her fluffy white fur was the culprit: a too-small collar, which had become embedded in her neck—a horrific but, unfortunately, quite common occurrence among dogs who are put outside as puppies and neglected. Somehow, Crystal had managed to escape her jailers, but there was no way she could escape the strangling chokehold of that collar.

Before photo of rescued puppy Crystal, who has a large wound on her neck

We rushed Crystal to an emergency vet clinic, where she was sedated and the collar was carefully cut off. The attending veterinarian estimated that the collar had become embedded in approximately 75 percent of her neck circumference! She’d been living on borrowed time, since the collar would only have become tighter as she grew.

PETA rescue Crystal receiving medical care

Crystal is now flourishing in a PETA foster home. Her wound requires frequent bandage changes, but she endures them like a champ, despite the pain that the injury must be causing her.

Rescued American Eskimo mix Crystal in her foster home

Like the puppy she is, Crystal loves to play, especially with other dogs and with squeaky toys, stuffed animals, and balls.

Crystal, an American Eskimo mix rescued by PETA, chewing on a toy

In fact, she loves her toys so much that she drags them all to a secret hiding place for safekeeping.

Rescued dog Crystal playing with ball in foster home

Don’t worry, Crystal, no one is going to take your toys away!

PETA rescue Crystal with ball in mouth

We know there’s a lap out there somewhere with Crystal’s name on it. If that lap belongs to you, e-mail [email protected] to find out how you can bring her home to your palace.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind