“I died today. You got tired of me and took me to the shelter. They were overcrowded and I drew an unlucky number. I am in a black plastic bag in a landfill now.… Some other puppy will get the barely used leash you left. My collar was dirty and too small, but the lady took it off before she sent me to the Rainbow Bridge . Would I still be at home if I hadn’t chewed your shoe? I didn’t know what it was, but it was leather, and it was on the floor. I was just playing. You forgot to get puppy toys. Would I still be at home if I had been housebroken? Rubbing my nose in what I did only made me ashamed that I had to go at all. There are books and obedience teachers that would have taught you how to teach me to go to the door. Would I still be at home if I hadn’t brought fleas into the house? Without anti-flea medicine, I couldn’t get them off of me after you left me in the yard for days. Would I still be at home if I hadn’t barked? I was only saying, “I’m scared, I’m lonely, I’m here, I’m here! I want to be your best friend.” Would I still be at home if I had made you happy? Hitting me didn’t make me learn how. Would I still be at home if you had taken the time to care for me and to teach manners to me? You didn’t pay attention to me after the first week or so, but I spent all my time waiting for you to love me. I died today. Love, Your Puppy”
I don’t know if you have seen this on some sort of social media, and I know how hard this is to read and look at but, it is happening. It is going on around us, but is yet being blocked out. Why are we not tackling this and making it public? Innocent dogs are being thrown away like rubbish, and nothing is being done about it.
Their life begins. A litter of puppies are brought into the world and sold as quickly as anything. They are taken home and told how beautiful and cute they are and they are kept as pets. All of a sudden however, they seem to become boring and people decide to get rid of them. “Free to a good home” is all over Facebook and a picture of a helpless, innocent dog stares back at us as we flick through our newsfeed. If this doesn’t work, they are also left for someone to find or abandoned. I know this happens because my black Labrador, Flynn was tied up outside Argos at around nine months old for someone to find and take to White House Kennels. How wicked must someone be to tie a scared puppy up on a lamp post to simply leave and get rid of. It can be understood more if a person wishes to give away a dog if they become severely allergic or the dog has done something extremely bad then a new home is sometimes essential, but what if the dog has done nothing wrong? What if it is just the family becoming bored of their latest purchase? Now that the novelty has worn off and they have had enough now? What then?
I like to think that dogs are for life, not just for Christmas. If you want a pet, you need to be ready for a pet. I see it like having a child. You are going to have this animal for a long time so you need to be prepared. I don’t get these people who simply get rid of their pets after becoming bored, they fail to find a new home so are taken to a kennel and are soon killed due to the kennels losing room. I know there can be issues with space but how can people kill innocent animals? When all they want is a happy life with a happy family? A dog loves you more than it loves itself and it proves that to you. Think carefully before choosing a pet.
Also, why are we breeding animals more and more and buying fresh litters when there are plenty of dogs that are desperate for a new home as they sit in their cold, small cage wishing for a better life? Why do we not rescue and care for the older, in most cases mistreated animals more? Is it because these animals are not “cute” and as young as the puppies you could buy off breeders? Is it because sometimes these dogs in the kennels can require a bit more attention from all the heartache and abuse they have endured from their previous home? Why are we not thinking of all the animals in kennels that are much more in need of a home than new puppies? Why do we not help the older ones who could really do with a happy home and family?
Both my dogs were rescued. My first dog, Molly who is a liver coloured staffy is one of the most amazing animals I have ever met. Her temperament is beyond perfect and she gives you so much love. I cant tell you how great she is when I am feeling low or upset. She will come over and kiss me and hug me to ensure I am okay. They love you more than themselves I assure you. She is coming up to five and a half now and I couldn’t love her more if I tried. She is the kind of dog you never regret having. You don’t mind when they are unwell and keep you up or pull you on their lead because at the end of the day, they are a part of the family and I love her for being her.
Here is my beautiful dog that I am so glad has a happy home to live in. She has a family who love her. She makes me wonder why you would get rid of a dog without any thought. She is my perfect rescue dog.
I have also mentioned Flynn who we rescued around two years ago. He was still a puppy when we found him at the kennels and he was clearly shaken up by his previous owners. He pulled on his lead and jumped up and barked too loudly sometimes but I wouldn’t change him for the world. He reminds me of some of the horrid people in this world who would leave a terrified dog in the cold on a lead by a lamp post for hours before someone helped him. He was hard work but he was so worth it. I love him to pieces and love that he is truly happy now in this home with our family. He is a part of the family now. He actually celebrated his third birthday on Christmas day. Happy birthday, Flynn!
Now before you decide on buying a pet, please think of the innocent animals in kennels that could really do with a warm home. The older dogs would love nothing more than calling somewhere their home. As they become older, it can be harder to live in a cage. Please, try and help.
I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas! You all deserve the best! Merry Christmas!
Until next time,