“I Can’t Stand Taking My Dog For Walks Anymore”
I bumped into an acquaintance while walking my dogs and asked him where his dog was. He told me, “I can’t stand taking her for walks anymore. She’s old, and so slow. She sniffs more than she walks. My wife takes her out though.”
At Least Someone Cares
I was glad to hear that someone was taking out this elderly dog, but what a selfish attitude on this man’s part! It’s not like dogs can take themselves for walks - they depend on us for their time out in the world. And if we fail, it leaves them stuck in the house all the time.
If The Tables Were Turned...
I couldn’t help but wonder how he would feel if it were him who couldn’t walk quickly anymore, and his (much fitter) wife decided it was too much trouble to go out with him.
Like babies, dogs are totally at our mercy. So when it comes to making decisions about our dogs, we should consider what we’d like someone to do for us if we were at their mercy. It’s the only way to assure that we do the right thing by them at all times.
SAY NO TO PUPPY MILLS! SAY NO TO ANIMALS IN PETSHOPS! SAY NO TO BREEDERS!
Adopt a homeless animal instead - they all deserve a second chance
It's estimated that 130,000 dogs and 60,000 cats are killed every year in Australia because there are not enough homes for them all. And the global numbers amount to millions upon millions every single year.
Puppy mills are a major contributor to the terrible problem of overpopulation. Puppy mills are essentially 'dog factories' where dogs are forced to churn out litter after litter, with no thought for the welfare of the dogs and all thought for profit. The dogs live in appallingly dirty, cramped conditions all their lives, and when they no longer serve their purpose they're killed, dumped or sold to vivisection laboratories.
Petshops fit into the picture because puppy mills are generally where petshops get their animals from. Furthermore, having animals in shop windows encourages impulse purchases, and adding an animal to your family should be a conscious, careful decision - NOT one to be made while shoe shopping.
Breeders contribute enormously to the tragic statistics above too. And it doesn't matter whether they're professional breeders or backyard breeders, and whether they breed for profit or not, because while there are homeless animals sitting on death row in shelters, any and all animal breeding is utterly irresponsible.
Now, here's where you come in. You can either be part of the problem or part of the solution. You can either buy animals from puppy mills, petshops or breeders and be part of the problem. Or you can adopt from a shelter or rescue organisation and be part of the solution.
If I haven't convinced you, visit your local shelter to see the homeless animals. Let their innocent faces convince you that adopting is the only responsible choice to make.
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