Tuesday , 12 December 2017

Puppy Mill Awareness Day, Saturday September 18

“How much is that doggie in the window? (arf! arf!)
The one with the waggley tail
How much is that doggie in the window? (arf! arf!)
I do hope that doggie’s for sale”

Such a cute song that we teach our children. We have all heard it and maybe you are thinking of the tune as you read this post.

Maybe we should also teach our kids that it is most likely that the puppy in the window is a puppy that is lucky to be out of puppy mill hell. It is a puppy that had never seen a window until he got to a pet shop. His skin only knew the sensation of cold iron bars from the minuscule cage where he was born. A poor puppy that his nose would only know the scent of filth and fear from the other puppy dying next to him.

After that, the puppy gets to a window! It is only for a few hours. From opening till closing he gets to be in a cubicle where he gets to drink water like a hamster and bite his tail and paws out of boredom. The puppy gets to hear tapping on the window that is loud to his ears. Oh what a terrible window the puppy gets to see! But its ok…at closing time they get to go back to the place they know best: alone inside a cold and small cage.

It infuriates me when I’m at the shopping mall to hear a dad say “Honey, go shop! I’m taking the kids to see the dogs.” Sometimes I just follow so I can say “Sir, can you tell your kids not to tap the window? It really bothers the pups.”

So? How much is that puppy in the window? All the tears that the puppies shed are worth more than the hundreds or thousands people will pay for them.


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