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A Gift To Enjoy For Years

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Tommy and I went to the mall Monday to pick up a few Christmas gifts. As we were walking along I saw a pet store that I had never seen before (I rarely go the mall). I walked inside and saw a wall of cages behind glass containing many different breeds of puppies and an equal number of shoppers on our side of the glass looking. Beside each cage was a slip of paper showing what the monthly payment would be for each dog. It didn't say what the actual cost of each dog was and I didn't ask. I knew it was much higher than the small fee charged at the animal shelter to adopt a pet. I watched as a Collie puppy was taken from a cage and brought out to a prospective buyer. As I looked at all these puppies, I wondered where they came from, and I thought about all the dogs in the shelters in need of homes.

With the holiday season upon us, most of us are beginning the traditional task of hitting the stores trying to find the perfect gift for each person on our list. For many, that perfect gift will be a furry one. Many parents, spouses or children will head to the pet stores, or even the internet, in search of that special gift of love. They mean well. The pet they purchase will almost certainly provide years of love and happiness to their new owner. But here is something I ask everyone to consider if they are planning on purchasing a pet for someone for Christmas. Where did that animal come from? It’s sometimes hard to know where that purebred dog was born or under what conditions. Although there are responsible breeders, the truth is that many of the dogs sold in stores and on the internet are the product of puppy mills. I won’t jump on my soapbox here over this as most already know about the horrors of puppy mills. Purchasing animals that are the product of these mills encourages the practice to continue. If you do not know about puppy mills, you can find a lot of information about them on ASPCA.org.

Instead of supporting this cruel treatment, why not consider adoption of an unwanted animal who needs a forever home? Whether you prefer cats or dogs, there are millions of animals in shelters just waiting and hoping for a loving home, for a chance at life, with so much love to share. They are living on borrowed time and most will be euthanized. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to give that special gift to a person you love and to an animal in need? If you’re not comfortable picking a pet for someone, you can take them to the animal shelter to choose a pet, or call your local shelter and find out what the fees are and give them the money to adopt a pet.

According to the ASPCA, “Approximately 5 million to 7 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized (60 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats).” www.aspca.org/ This is a sad fact, but it is also the harsh reality. Unless someone comes along and adopts them, they will eventually be euthanized.


A Dog's Last Will and Testament
(Author unknown)

Before humans die, they write their last Will & Testament, and give their home and all they have to those they leave behind. If, with my paws, I could do the same, this is what I'd ask....

To a poor and lonely stray I'd give:

My happy home.
My bowl, cozy bed, soft pillows and all my toys.
The lap which I loved so much.
The hand that stroked my fur and the sweet voice which spoke my name.
I'd will to the sad scared shelter dog the place I had in my human's heart, of which there seemed no bounds.

So when I die please do not say, "I will never have a pet again, for the loss and pain is more than I can stand." Instead go find an unloved dog; one whose life has held no joy or hope and give MY place to him.

This is the only thing I can give...the love I left behind.

If possible, please help save a life. If you can open your heart and home to one of our furry friends in need, you will be rewarded with the unconditional love of your new family member. And please remember to make sure you new friend is spayed or neutered .


Now for some fun. With the cold weather comes frosty windows. This creates a problem for Thor since he loves to lay in front of the glass door and look outside (we call him our window monitor). When the glass door frosts over, he can't see out. Being the smart boy he is, he figured out a way to solve this problem. So for future reference, here is how you clean a window so you can see outside.

First, you have to see if the window is in need of cleaning. It is clearly frosted over here making it hard for Thor to see outside.

Next, you have to determine where you want to clean. He started in this area but then determined this wasn't his best choice.

Once you've found the perfect spot, begin licking the frost off of the glass.

When the glass is adequately cleaned, you can resume your neighborhood watch.

Hope everyone is having a great week!

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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    We have two adopted dogs (Bailey and Mali) and a kitty who adopted us; and are grandparents to Moose and Theodore, adopted dog and kitty who live with The Boy and his Sweetheart.

    In this very moment, I'm on the bed with my husband, kids, and Moose & Bailey. Bailey and The Girl are using Moose as a pillow.

    Life is good.
    1842 days ago
    I know that a local pet store claimed their pets were not from a puppy mill when my daughter asked. I asked my vet, who rolled his eyes and said where else would they be from? No reputable breeder is going to sell through a pet store!

    My vet was responsible enough to provide a vet check and first shots for those dogs sold from the pet store at no cost. He certainly didn't have to, but he figured it would give them a healthier start.
    1843 days ago
    Great blog! Thank you for "spilling your soul!"
    1844 days ago
    I've only recently been informed about this issue by my best friend. I never knew much about it until now - thanks for sharing more information.

    I have a furry friend though we have her since my father-in-law couldn't keep her in his apartment anymore. I can't imagine and going and buying a pet from a store. (All of my father's dogs have been shelter rescues or landed on/near the doorstep.)
    1844 days ago
  • DOODIE59
    Oh boy, Cindy, first you had me on the edge of blubbering, and then you had me laughing out loud. Yes, we all need to give our hearts to those shelter dogs (and cats). Thank you for taking the time to write about this.
    1844 days ago
  • _JODI404
    Great, timely blog! All of my furkids are rescues!

    I love Thor's frost clearing technique!! He is so precious!!

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    1844 days ago
    Dear Cindy....
    You and I are in such lockstep on this issue.....If I had my way, I'd close every pet shop in the country!!!
    My Lucy was a rescue from a kill shelter in Illinois - and fostered with a loving family. She became an offering of the All American Dachshund Rescue Org. (Great website)....
    Long story short - I fell in love with her online - had several lengthy conversations with her foster mom -- and finally adopted her. She was driven to NY by the organization (a car chain) for a nominal fee.....and I never looked back. She is the perfect companion for me!
    EVERYONE PLEASE ------- CONSIDER A SHELTER DOG, if you're contemplating getting a pet this year. What a blessing you'll have!!

    And as for Thor ----- this is one special hound!! Hope he's feeling as good as he looks!

    Hugs to you all --- you, Tommy and Thor.
    Love your blogs. (I'm on hiatus.....as i think you know..... Working on stabilizing my health)....

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    1844 days ago
  • TXTOAD9970
    My dog was adopted from the local animal rescue. She's been a faithful companion for five years now and we can't imagine life without her. Why would anyone spend thousands of dollars for a "purebred" dog when there are so many dogs at the animal shelter in need of homes at a reasonable price? I have never understood it.

    Thor is very cute! Thanks for your post. emoticon
    1844 days ago
    Great idea. Love Thor he is gorgeoud
    1844 days ago
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