Hope, our Amish puppy mill girl, has been free of the mill for two years, after having spent five years in it. Recently, she gave me more anticipation of her becoming a normal dog.
Hope loves to go for walks and gets excited when you ask her if she wants to have one.
After I asked her if she wanted to go for a walk, I started putting on shoes. Jake and Windy, my dachshunds, came up to me. Hope joined them. All were excited. I petted Jake and Windy. I put my hand out, palm up, to Hope. She sniffed and nibbled my fingers. What a breakthrough!
Nibbling fingers may not seem like much to most folks, but when we brought Hope home in September 2009 she would not come out of a crate. At one point to get her out I had to unscrew the top off of the crate.
I doubt she will become a snuggle bunny like Jake and Windy, but slowly her trust issues are fading.