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I don't remember much from the place I was born. It was cramped and dark, and we
were never played with by the humans. I remember Mom and her soft fur, but she was often sick, and very thin.
She had hardly any milk for me and my brothers and sisters. I remember many of them dying, and I missed them so.
I do remember the day I was taken from Mom. I was so sad and scared, my milk teeth had only just come in, and I really
should have been with Mom still, but she was so sick, and the Humans kept saying that they wanted money and were sick of the
"mess" that me and my sister made. So we were crated up and taken to strange place.
Just the two of us. We huddled together and were scared, still no human hands came to pet
or love us. So many sights and sounds, and smells! We are in a store where there are many different animals!
Some that squawk! Some that meow! Some that peep! My sister and I are jammed into a small cage. I
hear other puppies here. I see humans look at me. I like the 'little humans', the kids. They look so sweet,
and fun, like they would play with me! All day we stay in the small cage, sometimes mean people will hit the glass
and frighten us, every once in a while we are taken out to be held or shown to humans. Some are gentle, some hurt us.
We always hear "Aw, they are so cute! I want one!" but we never get to go with any. My sister died last night,
when the store was dark. I lay my head on her soft fur and felt the life leave her small thin body. I had heard
them say she was sick, and that I should be sold as a "discount price" so that I would quickly leave the store. I think
my soft whine was the only one that mourned for her as her body was taken out of the cage in the morning and dumped.
Today, a family came and bought me! Oh happy day! They are a nice family, they
really, really wanted me! They had brought a dish and food and the little girl held me so tenderly in her arms.
I love her so much! The mom and dad say what a sweet and good puppy I am! I am named Angel. I love to lick my
new humans! The family takes such good care of me, they are loving and tender and sweet. They gentle teach me
right and wrong, give me good food, and lots of love! I want only to please these wonderful people! I love the
little girl and I enjoy running and playing with her.
Today I went to the veterinarian. it was a strange place and I was frightened. I
got some shots, but my best friend the little girl held me softly and said it would be OK. So I relaxed. The Vet must
have said sad words to my beloved family, because they looked awfully sad. I heard "Severe hip dysplasia," and something
about my heart... I heard the vet say something about backyard breeders and my parents not being tested. I know not
what any of that means, just that it hurts me to see my family so sad. But they still love me, and I still love them
I am six months old now. Where most other puppies are robust and rowdy, it hurts
me terribly just to move. The pain never lets up. It hurts to run and play with my beloved little girl, and I
find it hard to breathe. I keep trying my best to be the strong pup I know I am supposed to be, but it is so hard. it
breaks my heart to see the little girl so sad, and to hear the Mom and Dad talk about, "Now might be the time."
Several times I have gone to that veterinarianšs place, and the news is never good.
Always talk about Congenital Problems. I just want to feel the warm sunshine and run and play, and nuzzle with my family.
Last night was the worst. Pain has been constant now, it hurts even to get up and get a drink. I try to
get up but can only whine in pain.
I am taken in the car one last time. Everyone is so sad, and I don't know why.
Have I been bad? I try to be good and loving - what have I done wrong? Oh if only this pain would be gone!
If only I could soothe the tears of the little girl. I reach out my muzzle to lick her hand, but can only whine in pain.
The veterinarianšs table is so cold. I am so frightened. The humans all hug and love me, they cry into my soft fur.
I can feel their love and sadness. I manage to lick softly their hands. Even the vet doesn't seem so scary today.
He is gentle and I sense some kind of relief for my pain. The little girl hold me softly and I thank her, for giving
me all her love. I feel a soft pinch in my foreleg. The pain is beginning to lift, I am beginning to feel a peace
descend upon me. I can now softly lick her hand.
My vision is becoming dreamlike now, and I see my Mother and my brothers and sisters, in
a far off green place. They tell me there is no pain there, only peace and happiness. I tell the family goodbye
in the only way I know how - a soft wag of my tail and a nuzzle of my nose. I had hoped to spend many, many moons with them,
but it was not meant to be. "You see," said the veterinarian,"pet shop puppies do not come from ethical breeders."
The pain ends now, and I know it will be many years until I see my beloved family again. If only things could have
This story may be published or reprinted in the hopes that it will stop unethical
breeders and those who breed only for money and not for the betterment of the breed. Copyright 1999 J. Ellis
|***Please Stop By Before You Get That New Puppy
When you are ready to add a new family member..Before
you call on that newspaper ad, head out to a farm with a sign out front "Puppies For Sale", or go to
a so called pet store. Read about what is a puppy mill,what is a back yard breeder?? Study, Study, Study...Not every
pup is right for you and your family and not every family is right for every pup.
***This link will take you to a directoy of a very large list of animal rescue links, you are sure to find one in your area
to check out when looking for that special new friend.
***Great Site on the different breeds..whether get a puppy or a older dog...the plus on a rescue dog..What it really takes
to have that new baby in the family...
|***Meet the dogs from the mills
- How do you know if it's a reputable breeder or a pet mill ?? Here are a few alarm
- Are they unconcerned about the home environment you are offering the pet?
- Do they sell X-bred animals at inflated prices?
- Do they refuse to let you see their kennels, or members of the breeding group?
- Do they refuse you contact w/others they've placed a pet with?
- Are they unfamiliar with a specific puppy's personality?
- Do they have numerous "fashionable" breeds and constant supply of litters?
- Do they fail to produce a current certificate of vaccination? de-worming?
- Do they refuse you "after-sale" support?
- Do they sell to pet stores, use brokers or auction?
- If the answer is "YES" to ANY of these, find another breeder. Do your homework.
Ask questions. Get reliable references. Find a high-principled, dedicated breeder
What You Can Do
No one has more power to fight puppy mills than the consumer. In each individual's hands is the ability to stop the cycle
of abuse that ends with the purchase of a puppy mill puppy at a pet store.
Don't Buy A Dog From A Pet Store.It's that simple. Most puppies sold in pet stores come from puppy mills. Because
it is virtually impossible to determine the quality of the breeding facility listed on the puppy's papers, the more humane
option is simply not to buy the dog at all. Although the consumer may be assured that American Kennel Club (AKC) papers guarantee
a quality dog, in reality, nothing is further from the truth. After years of artfully dodging the question of how AKC papers
could be registered to dogs and puppies found in the worst of puppy mills, the AKC itself is admitting the misconceptions
that are connected with purebred papers.
Opt To Adopt Instead.When you're ready to bring a dog into your life, visit your local animal shelter. Millions of
homeless dogs are waiting at animal shelters for life-long, responsible homes. You won't be supporting the puppy mill industry,
and at the same time, you'll be fighting the tragic pet overpopulation problem. If you are interested in a particular breed,
your animal shelter can help you locate a breed specific adoption group that will match you with the type of dog you want.
In addition, some humane societies and animal shelters are working in cooperation with pet supply stores in adopting out
shelter animals. Check with your local shelter to find out who they may be working with in your area.
Why Adoption?Unlike buying, adoption usually focuses on matching the adopter's lifestyle and habits
with the animal's needs and characteristics. When an animal is sold, profit comes first. Most pet stores will sell an animal
to almost anyone. A young puppy may be sold to someone who may not have the time to take care of her. The profit motive only
puts the animal's interests in jeopardy.
Make Your Voice Heard.Outrage at the conditions found in many puppy mills has brought increased awareness to the
issue. Legislators listen to calls and letters from constituents, and plan their priorities accordingly. Contacting your state
and federal representatives does makes a difference. On the personal level, resolve to inform friends, neighbors, and family
about the puppy mill issue. Many people who care deeply about animals are not always aware of the connection between the pet
store puppy and the breeding female trapped for life in a mill.
There is light at the end of the tunnel for dogs housed and bred in puppy mills. Collectively, we can fight an industry
that views dogs as mere profit machines. Dogs, our best friends and companions, deserve our best effort. After all the licks,
wags, and love they have given us, we owe them this fight. Their lives depend on it.
How much is that doggie in the window?
The one with the waggley tail
How much is that doggie in the window
I do wish he wasn't for sale
I once took a trip to Missouri
To see if the rumors were true
Are there really places called puppy mills
Or is all of the talk just a ruse?
What I saw there will always haunt me
Dogs with no joy in their life
They live in tiny wire cages
And breed tell the day they die
They didn't have names, only numbers
Their coats were all matted and dull
I looked into their sad little lives
I was staring right into their soul.
When you leave here to return to the city
Remember today what you saw
We live in these cages in sorrow
The wires cut into our paws
How much is that doggie in the window?
It depends on the sale of the day.
But when you see the cost of my puppy,
Think of the price that I pay
***How to Raise a Puppy You Can Live With by Clarice Rutherford, David H. Neil