When we’d play on the floor with Winnie and Tigger she’d stand down the hall and watch… wanting so badly to join in but frozen in fear. After about a month, she stopped looking so scared when you’d go to pet her. At about 6 months she played with her first toy. She even destroyed one of my file boxes but I was so happy to see her acting like a dog that I didn’t care. She doesn’t run into walls anymore, but men still frighten her a bit. Her tail wagging is becoming more and more frequent and she now lays totally out in the open at my feet.
A lot of people ask me what difference it makes whether they buy their pet from the pet store or whether they adopt one from the shelter. And it’s a very simple answer:
When you buy your pet, you’re perpetuating the puppy mill market. Puppy mills are the number one resource for pet store inventory. If people stopped buying from the pet stores, the profitability of the puppy mills would decrease and they would end. And so would one facet of animal abuse.
2. Many dogs lose feet and legs when they are caught in the wire floors of the cages and cut off as the dog struggles to free themselves.
3. Very often there is no heat or air-conditioning in a puppymill. The dogs freeze in the winter and die of heat stroke in the summer. Puppies "cook" on the wires of the cages in the summer.
4. Female dogs are usually bred the first time they come into heat and are bred every heat cycle. They are bred until their poor worn out bodies can't reproduce any longer and then they are killed. Often they are killed by being bashed in the head with a rock or shot. Sometimes they are sold to laboratories or dumped. This is often by the time they reach five years old.
Submitted by Kate of A Dying Art Co. on ArtFire where you can find many of her creative projects for people and pets, as well as her website: ADyingArtCompanyLtd.com. Kate is a very active volunteer with the Crafting for Animals Guild and uses her talents generously to help the guild in every way she possibly can.
She is one of many members participating in the coupon week from 10/23 through 10/29 to help raise funds for the Close to Home Animal Rescue group in Ohio/Pennsylvania, the spotlight charity for CFA Guild during October in honor of National Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month. Read all about the promotion HERE, or the box below, and get the coupon code so you can shop with Kate and the other guild artisans during that week.