Last night I walked past a petshop in Highpoint. Of course my knees went weak. Because, window puppies. However, behind my squished up face that was uncontrollably going ‘ooh, ahhhh, tails’, my mind ticked and I felt a little sick in my stomach. I had gone into that pet store not 3 months earlier to enquire about rabbits. The staff couldn’t tell me a thing, not even the basics – what kind of rabbits they were or how big they would get. I’m pretty sure they only knew the males from the females because they were caged separately and even then luckily they were assisted by the labels.
This morning on my Facebook newsfeed I read the below
How is this still happening? How anyone can purchase a puppy without knowing or questioning where it came from is beyond me. Those puppies lives did not start in that window. The truth is they most likely started somewhere a lot colder, damper and darker, born to a mumma who was just a frightened little puppy herself.
If you buy a puppy from a petstore, saying ‘Oh, I had no idea” is not ok. Buying a puppy is a conscious choice. There are that many dogs who need rescuing or rehoming, that the need for puppies in windows is obsolete.
Writing this now with Poppy’s fat head resting on my leg makes me happy. Some dogs do get another chance. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying for a second that Poppy is a poster child for rescued dogs. Poppy came from a breeder, a good breeder. We weren’t Poppy’s first home though. Someone had returned her as not being the right fit for their family, and I’m glad they did. She’s lazy, talks a lot and sometimes goes a little bit fking mental without giving any notice. She could not be a better fit for our home. A lot of dogs don’t get Poppy’s luck though, they get dumped, abandoned or even worse kept and neglected. Sadly this is the case more often than not.
Why am I writing this? Because I want people to educate themselves when it comes to these topics. Too often people use the excuse that they weren’t aware, well you should be aware, the information is public. And to help you, I will sign off here with a few links
Oscar’s Law – A group dedicated to shining a light on puppy farming – www.oscarslaw.org