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When I started Dog Leader Mysteries, I had clear ideas on why I wanted to write a blog. For a number of weeks I struggled with my tagline. Yesterday, I picked up a note pad with my outline and felt dumb-struck. The first part of my tagline scrawled in my looping, quickly penciled notes, seemed to look back at me.
What was written there?
Saving dogs’ lives
My mission has not changed. Saving dogs continues as the guiding purpose in both this blog and my fiction. Then the second half of my mission came after blogging for a few months.
and Dog Lovers’ Sanity
Happily, I have met hundreds of dog lovers over the past two+ years of writing. I have met them in animal shelters, at fundraisers for homeless pets, at pet stores, in dog parks walking their dogs, on their blogs advocating for pet adoption, on YouTube through their videos and on Facebook.
All of these animal advocates, shelter workers and volunteers share my two-part mission.
They know if they fail to educate the new families who give pets foster care or adopt, those pets end up dumped back in an animal shelter. All pets depend on their caregivers for their lives, food, wellness, and exercise plus their emotional and mental engagement.
I like LinkedIn’s pet professionals and dog lover groups. Members offer mostly positive, helpful information. I also joined groups that share software tips about working with software and widgets for WordPress.org. Two weeks ago I discovered the group, Grammar Geeks. They hone in on how to write correct and clearly. This welcoming mix of professionals and hobby writers has fun while sharpening pencils on American English. I find myself laughing. Our English is a mash-up of many languages, therefor puzzling to both native and second language speakers.
One pet blogger received a snippy comment from a person on LinkedIn. “Why are you writing about saving dogs at a time when so many human rights need champions?”
The pet blogger gave a kind and simple response, “I had to start somewhere, and so I started with dogs. I blog for giving dogs more humane treatment.”
Wow! With that one comment, she had me as a fan.
This morning I listened to three minutes on the huge capacity we have to use the unused parts of our brains.
My comment: Writing exercises the brain. Original thinking often surprises a leads writers on adventures, adventures sparked by questions like “What if, you were Superman? What if, you could stop inhumane treatment of people or animals? What if, you had the power to invent a product so amazing that you could not even dream of it, it just appeared in your mind and you wrote it down and began creating it?”
True story, a man and wife bought a $900 cockapoo puppy (Cocker Spaniel & poodle). The first week their puppy arrived their three-year-old son broke out in an allergic reaction. How sad for everybody, especially that puppy.
Now the couple wants to sell their $900 puppy. Their ad stated they paid an additional $300 for veterinary bills, but only want the amount they paid for the pup.
They tell their story listing their puppy on a Website, which rated their price at $300 higher than average for this breed of dog. They do not state where they bought the puppy or who the breeder was. I read their for sale ad on a Website while looking at kibble nutrition comparisons.
On the Website’s top menu, “Dogs For Sale” stands next to “Pet Insurance.”
Believe me, if you buy a puppy or dog using the Internet,
you will need pet insurance.
“Why?” You ask. “Why will I need pet insurance?
Puppies sold on the Internet have been found to have serious genetic problems, more than typical for their breed.
Due to inbreeding these puppies many fail to develop good bone structure.
Shipping is stressful, even healthy puppies die soon after being shipped.
Why Thousands of Purebred Puppies Are Doomed to Die
Over four million or more pets end up euthanized in animal shelters every year in the United States. Legally dogs are property. Yet they are animals that suffer fear, pain and confusion. Puppy mills add to the millions of dogs abandoned in animal shelters. Online sales pay breeders for caging, and keeping breeder dogs and their puppies in inhuman conditions. This is no secret.
What Could Be More Important Than a Healthy Dog?
Purebred dogs often come with well-known health problems. Pick any breed then read its list of genetic weaknesses. At a glance, you will see a list of typical health problems like heart, liver, kidney failure plus tendencies like going blind.
When you read on the Internet, “Puppies for Sale” run!
If you are sure you want a purebred dog go visit your local rescue groups. They have plenty of great dogs. Local breed groups and clubs also advocate for the health and humane care of their favorite breeds. They are easy to find on the Internet. Go visit them. Visit their dogs. Ask to hear what health issues their dogs have. What could be More Important than a Healthy Dog? On the Web site where I read the family’s story I found this offer,
“With 126 Cockapoo dogs for sale, we can help find the best one for you. When you’ve made the decision to buy a dog, many considerations play a role in determining just which dog is the one for you.”
“The first consideration should be the dog breed or dog breed category.”
“The first should be the dog breed…” when you want a pet dog?
I think you the potential dog parent will be much happier when you know what activities and times you want to share with a dog. Then go look at the type of dogs that love to do the sports and activities you like to do.
Dogs should not be created only for their beauty or their cute faces.
Dogs should be enjoyed for their willingness to live with us and love us.
Dogs should be brought into families for the purpose of living happy, healthy lives.
Buying puppies online is bad for dogs and bad for you. Online buying keeps puppy mills mistreating dogs. Puppy Mills keep puppies and dogs in little crates with no exercise or socialization.
Do not shop, adopt.
A Feel Good Pet Adoption Story
Our dog is a rescued cockapoo. He had two buyers before we adopted him at our local animal shelter. We adore him. He trained up after a year of living with two different families, who failed to house train him or stop him from biting Vets and groomers. He is nine-years-old and healthy. We feel lucky to have found a young and affectionate dog.
A few months before I found our Sydney, I missed the chance to have my pick of a litter. A pregnant cockapoo ended up abandoned at nearby shelter. The dog gave birth to 13 puppies! Over the next few months, they found homes for every one of those puppies then the mother, too, got adopted. I will bet that the shelter got to know the adopting families before letting those puppies go.
Good news for Canadian dogs and animal lovers. Instead of selling puppies, PJ’s Pets will be supporting dog adoption education and adoption events. This break through moment offers a model for humane treatment of pet dogs and a solution to the killing of half of all dogs who are sold then dumped on animal shelters where (due to not enough adoptive homes) their lives end.