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 bought 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 dysplacia, and something about my heart... I heard the vet say something about, back yard 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 very much!
I am 6 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 breath. 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 "it might now be the time". Several times I have went to that veterinarians 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 my constant now, it hurts even to get up and get a drink. I try to get up but can only whine in pain. I 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 veterinarians 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, good-bye 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 been different.
(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. Copywrite 1999 J. Ellis)
I've been to alot of the pet shops near me, I haven't yet found one with puppies. The one that did was closed down. (YES!!!) I went on before they closed up and casually asked where they kept a product, told me they were all out and going out of business, and I said, "Oh, people are smart enough not to buy mill puppys anymore I guess?" and left. His face was kinda O looking.
I can relate to this story as we have 2 stores here in our town that sell puppies. They are in tiny cages and always appear to be sick. People just flock there to buy high dollar designer pups. It really makes me sick.. Then when the new pup owners bring the pups into the clinic that I work at, we have to explain everything to the new owners about why their pups are sick, unsocialized, etc. We explain where these 2 particuliar pet stores get their stock from and why they are never able to contact the breeders when they have questions about the parents, etc. We tell them all that they have just learned a very expensive lesson and they could have adopted a mutt from the Humane Society and saved a life as well as $500 or more.
I even had someone that does purchasing for one of the stores approach me when I had one of my Great Dane litters at the clinic getting their vaccinations. They asked if I would sell a couple of them to the store as they don't come across Danes often. I told him that my pups were already sold (which they were) and that I generally have a waiting list before the bitches are even bred. I told him that I would never allow one of my pups to be put into a tiny cage so that they could sell them. I also told him to never ask me a question like that again, and that all he was doing was insulting me as a breeder.
So sad:( I have got to stop reading these kinds of posts before my crying shorts out my keyboard. I used to be ignorant about pet store puppies but now I tell anyone who mentions pet store puppies to me " Don't you dare!!!" do anything to keep this horrible practice going.
Do you really think that somebody in who is in an "instant gratification" mood is going pause to spend 10 minutes to read that? If you want to post something covertly, I would try a list of 10 facts (e.g. "Top 10 Reasons Not to Buy a Pet Store Puppy"). I think it's better to try to educate through facts rather than through composite fiction. Or at least that works better for me.
NoDogYet- I'm sorry if the post was long. I didn't write it, it was a story that was e-mailed to me that I wanted to share. It didn't take me 10 minutes to read though. Some people like to read what might be going through the minds of our furry friends since they don't have a voice of thier own. I thought that it was a really good story. Makes you think a little bit and shows emotions rather that cold hard facts.
I'm sorry -- I wasn't clear. I have not problem with you posting the story HERE -- I was refering to the idea of posting it at a pet store. I don't people who are looking at puppies at a pet store would bother to read it.