Every pet parent believes their own fur baby is adorable. But Christin Schubert has more reason to brag than most. Earlier this year, she entered her dog Lamb Chop into Milwaukee Magazine’s second-annual Cutest Dog Contest and won. Our readers – who got a chance to vote for their favorite entries – loved Lamb Chop’s soulful eyes and inspirational story.
Schubert adopted her from the Washington County Humane Society in 2014. Lamb Chop had come from a puppy mill in northern Wisconsin, where she’d been repeatedly bred, and her health had been so badly neglected that the humane society’s staffers had to ask local vets to remove several mammary tumors from her body and pull out all of her teeth before they could put her up for adoption.
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Despite her tough life, Lamb Chop maintained what Schubert describes as a goofy personality and sweet disposition. “She’s been through a lot,” she says. “But she’s a very strong, spirited dog.”
After adopting her, Schubert enrolled Lamb Chop in a special training program for shy dogs offered through the Wisconsin Humane Society. And she started sending her to doggy day care to get her used to socializing with other pups. Lamb Chop also inspired Schubert to volunteer for the animal rights organization Bailing Out Benji. “I’d always heard the phrase ‘adopt, don’t shop.’ But it wasn’t until I adopted Lamb Chop that I understood how horribly these animals are treated.”
Now Schubert does what she can to help educate the public about puppy mills. And Lamb Chop is enjoying life in her forever home with her beloved dog mom and lots of squeaky toys.
Milwaukee Magazine’s Cutest Dog Contest was sponsored by Wilde Subaru. Bark N Scratch Outpost and Charlee Bear Natural Treats for Dogs both donated treats for the winning prize packages. Part of the proceeds from the contest were donated to the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha.