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Old 03-04-2013, 05:18 AM
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I am sitting here with three dogs that me and my husband love more than anything. They are family and I am so incredibly grateful to have them in my life. Copley was with me during a very intense time career wise and he taught me to take a break and look at what is important in life. He gave me friendship, a hobby, and a reason to get out of the house every day. He has brightened my world in a way that ho human can and I LOVE him. And Kerri- she is beautiful, just gorgeous. And so happy and goofy! She not only brings sunshine and light into my life but into the lives of so many other people as a therapy dog. Then Nova, my beautiful little diamond in the rough. They are just amazing wonderful creatures.

But dogs don't have to suffer for us to have them in our lives. In a perfect world I would be sitting here with three different dogs. Dogs who didn't go through HELL to get where they are today. Dogs bred by responsible, caring breeders who know what they are doing (and I'm not even talking about just show breeders here but I think you all get the gist). Copley has structural faults so bad that he is sure to get arthritis later in life. In fact he already sees a chiropractor! And his teeth- they are so messed up. He is like you took random parts from two totally incompatible breeds and just glued them together.

But people will always say that their back yard bred dog is healthy, good knees etc. So lets say the puppies will not have totally messed up joints and teeth. Where will they go for the rest of their life. Can their homes afford to fix them? Will you be able to keep track of every one of the puppies and know how everything works out for them. If not I have news for you. Odds are one of those puppies is going to get thrown out a window in a supermarket parking lot, left at a bus station, dumped in the desert. In fact the LUCKY abandoned dogs are the ones that end up at the pound. The unlucky ones get out and fend for themselves, half starving out in the elements. The unlucky ones get used as bait dogs in a dog fighting ring. The unlucky ones get locked in a kennel for the rest of their lives being bred.

Some dogs win the rescue dog lotto. In my state sadly it is only about 8% of abandoned dogs who ever get a new home. Those 8% get picked up by people like me, and the other wonderful rescuers on this forum and around the world who are cleaning up the dirty messes left by irresponsible breeders. We take the traumatized, beaten, abandoned dogs of the world and we spend the rest of their lives trying to convince them everything is going to be ok. That they can finally relax a little bit and enjoy life.

And what about me? One day I want to have a dog that has never been abandoned. A dog that has been raised properly and right by caring people who love it and are smart enough to keep it safe. I want vet bills to come from unexpected accidents and illnesses that no one could have predicted- not from lack of health testing and vet care. I want a dog with really short nails- you know that have nice short quicks because they have been trimmed regularly from puppyhood. I want a dog that I didn't have to drag terrified from a shelter the day I met it.

So if you want to breed your dog because it is cute, it is friendly and it would be fun to have puppies- wake up!!!!!!!! I know you may not think right now any of your puppies will end up abandoned- but they will. No one breeds their pets with the intention of them ending up unwanted- but it happens.

The absolute terror that guides every decision Nova makes is the responsibility of exactly one person- the one who bred her, or her mother, or whatever generation in her line first ended up on the street. But the saddest thing is that I bet that person is still doing it. Because they are living- like most other people- in ignorant bliss. They have no idea that the cute puppies they sell end up suffering these horrible fates. ALL we have on our side is education. I can volunteer and save as many dogs as possible and it still won't stop the problem if we can't get to it's source and educate people.

So to responsible breeders- keep up the good work! The more puppy parents that are educated by good breeders and the more dogs sold with spay/neuter contracts the better!

EVERYONE ELSE- wake up and smell the roses. My dogs may be the bees knees but I still wish you never bred them. The tired old argument "well my dog wouldn't exist without a puppy mill/BYB so therefore I can't say they are all bad" does not work on me. You don't need suffering to have a good dog- in fact they are much better off without it.

Sorry for the rant- I just think more stories like this need to be out there, like I said education is our only hope. Maybe we can start a thread with all the really great dogs who in a perfect world wouldn't exist either.
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OMG! Thank you!!! I could have written this myself!!! Is there anyway to repost this on Facebook, giving full credit to you??? It just says everything I feel!
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Old 03-04-2013, 05:35 AM
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OMG! Thank you!!! I could have written this myself!!! Is there anyway to repost this on Facebook, giving full credit to you??? It just says everything I feel!
Aww thanks! Feel free to share it- or I was thinking of putting something like this a little more proof-read on my blog so if you wait till tomorrow I will write that up and it will be much easier to share. Or if this really moves you just post it! People need to hear this stuff.
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If the world was perfect Douglas wouldn't be here either.. He was bred probably by a BYB, but I don't know that for sure. What I do know is that someone mistreated him horribly. He eventually ended up DUMPED, skinny and scared, left to fend for himself in the Idaho october, when nights start to freeze and a 4.8 pound (probably less then because he was skinny) dog will die. Who does that?

This dog did not run away from home. He is extremely bonded, almost a nanny dog, constantly by my side. The owner had a heart cold enough to take him so far away he could not find a way back, to throw him out, and then to watch him inevitably run after the car, howling, until he couldn't run any more.

He was lucky. Animal control found him. Then I found him in a cage in the pound. He was skinny and scared, but took to me right away and I knew he had to come home with me.

If the world was perfect he would not be afraid. He would not bark and snap at people, he would not scream, bite, pee, and express his glands when picked up by a stranger. He would like other dogs, not feel that he needs to be aggressive.

And this isn't a dog...but a stark reminder of what mills do to animals.

Thatcher, a ferret, was born at Marshall's, a ferret mill. Like many ferrets in fancy colors, he was deaf. His mother was forced into heat repeatedly with artificial lighting and will never experience a home or kindness, just a wire bottomed cage and constant babies. Before he was old enough to be separated from her, he was taken away. He was neutered much too young and his scent glands removed, which can cause, among other things, incontinence, frequent infections, and even paralyze them forever. The people who do these procedures aren't qualified and they are like an assembly line. No one checks that the ferrets are okay- if they die there's another to take its place.

These too young babies are then packed into boxes and sent to pet shops. They are fed a yucky kibble, very low quality, that in such young babies commonly causes anal prolapse. This baby had trouble with his vision as well, and was frightened by the pet store environment, his deafness, and being separated so young from his mother.

He began to lash out. He bit. Horribly, and at anything he could reach. He is lucky that I went in one day and picked him up, just to play with him because the babies were so cute. He sank his teeth in over and over and I knew he would be sent back to the farm and killed if I did not help him. So I got him.

Then came the grueling task of training such a bitey boy. I looked like I met a meat shredder. But...with time and love, and a lot of patience, came rewards. As he learned that he was not in danger, the biting slowed. Kisses started to replace teeth.

He, and the other ferrets bred by those farms, should not have to experience such trauma...and that is just to get them on the market. What happens after that can be even worse.. and they also breed ferrets for labs...their fate is much crueler.

These animals deserve more. They deserve to go to a real home right away. Not to hurt that way. Thatcher and Bode, my other mill ferret, should have been kept whole for a few months at least, maybe forever, to prevent adrenal disease. Douglas should never have been dumped to fend for his tiny self.

Most of the animals I have shouldn't exist. Their lives have been full of pain and suffering, the loss of everything they love, and confusion. They all deserve better. For every one I help save there is many who die. It weighs on me every day, and maybe some day horrid treatment like this will slow or cease. We can only hope.
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Annie, thank-you so much for writing this!

I think a moderator should make this a sticky so all those people who think their dog is super cute so they should have puppies can get a reality check.

The whole "my dog wouldn't exist without a BYB so they're not all bad" or "my BYB dog is healthy so I don't see why BYB's are so bad" logic drives me mad! Just because an individual dog is lucky and lands in a good home and has no healt problems from being BYB'd does not mean it's an ok principle, it's just one lucky dog amongst 1,000's of others who aren't so fortunate.

I applaud you for the work you do with your own dogs and the rescue organizations you contribute to and your commitment to bringing these issues to the attention of everyone on the forum.
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Extremely well written and a stark reminder of the horrors these poor animals go through, thank you.
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Old 03-04-2013, 06:16 AM
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Moonfall- exactly. And the horrors ferrets go through at marshal farms, it is horrible to think that almost every ferret in this country came from that horrible place.

Sarah- Thanks, it is just so imporntant. A lot of people live in places where there are no, or very few chis, in the shelter so they don't understand why I am so passionate about it. As long as I am living in a place with such a big problem I just feel like it is all I can do to educate, educate, educate!

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Marshalls is the most horrible place I can think of for any animal. Ferrets are so sensitive..and unlike dogs, they often never forgive. A puppy mill dog can learn to love again..but I fear that some of the ferrets who are stuck in that place as breeders would never forgive if they somehow were saved.

I have seen videos of it..they come to the sides of the cages, begging to be loved, just once.. and it breaks my heart.

Be passionate. Without people who care these animals have no one to turn to, and die lonely deaths without ever knowing joy. Your little ones are lucky to have you.
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