We’re coming up to the Ninja’s 1st Gotcha Day in a few weeks (egad…hard to believe it’s been nearly a year!) and came across this graphic that seemed appropriate to share given the fact that she’s a puppy mill survivor. Dogs like Elsa endure such horrific conditions and all they are allowed to do is turn out puppies with every cycle until they are discarded (or seized in Elsa’s case), exasperating atrocious genetic lines that invariably have health and/or behavioral consequences. Since it’s next to ‘impawsible’ to monitor every puppy mill operation, please remember to NEVER buy from a pet shop. EVER.
Batman will be watching.
Live, love, bark! ❤︎
58 thoughts on “Word(y) Wednesday ~ August 23, 2017”
Yes, NEVER EVER!
Elsa we’re so glad you were saved and adopted by the ranch so we could hear your tails. This year has flown by. Looking forward to your gotcha day pawty. We, Bear & Sammy, hope to be there with bells on if we’re invited. 😉🌻 What would you like? Special treats, a swim in our pond? We have a new resident there, Tank, the turtle. He’s a big guy. Wonder where he came from? Bear and Sammy are so curious but leave him to enjoy hiding in the lilies and rushes and under the bridge with the trolls.
We’re still catching up. . .
Say it loud, say it clear, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER!
Shouting from the rooftops!
Wowzers, a year already. Doesn’t seem that long.
I know hard to believe in a few weeks that she arrived.
I totally agree Monika! In the 61 years I’ve been on the planet I’ve never bought a cat or dog! All were rescues! Both Nylablue & Mingflower my Meezer girls were results of ‘puppy mill’ breeding of cats…They were wonderful loving cats who deserved a lot better than the lives they had!
Siddhartha Henry was not a puppy mill cat; altho he was born in a barn whose population had expanded far too quickly & there was serious illness that almost killed him & his 2 siblings…
With so many 4 leggeds needing adoption there is NO need for pet stores to even sell animals in my opinion.
I couldn’t agree more this your comment.
YES! Love this! Vancouver has recently made a new law that bans pet stores to sell dogs, cats and rabbits! Pet stores are only allowed to showcase animals from recognized animal shelters and rescue societies now. Hooray!
That’s totally pawsome! I hope more cities and states follow their footsteps.
Me too!! I think it will really make a difference and shut down those terrible puppy mills much faster!
Hope springs eternal!
It makes me cry when I read about puppy mills.
Me too, Clowie. It’s so impawtant to make people aware.
Yes, it is. Everyone should know where their pup comes from.
I have never paid a dime to acquire a pet and never will. While I have no doggies, both of my kitties are rescues…
Kudos to you!
Here in CA, they are about to pass a law that will make it illegal for Pet Shops to sell dogs or cats unless they are from a shelter or rescue. They hold adoption events, butts no puppies in the windows here! I can’t remember the last time I saw animals for sale here… Now, that doesn’t mean that there still aren’t mills, I’m sure they still exist, butts I thinks they mostly have moved out of state. I hope all states pass such laws, and maybe, just maybe it could go national! paws crossed!
Happy Happy Gotcha Day!!!! (early…)
Outstanding, Ruby! I think there’s a state on the East Coast that recently did the same. Sadly there are far too many ‘backyard breeders’ who don’t know the first thing about how to breed pets responsibly.
I’m with you on this. I was surrendered to a kill shelter before my parents saved me. Thank you for the inspirational post and for spreading the word 🙂
Congrats on being rescued. I wish more pawrents would adopt and not shop.
Me too 🙂
They would all go out of business if people would stop buying. Keep spreading the word, I love this post.
Thank you. Shutting down puppy mills is a passion even though it’s gonna take a lot of activism from many people. We have to be advocates for those who have no voice.
Nearly a full year – it hardly seems like it already. I expect it will probably seem a bit longer for you considering the “troubles”the Ninja had. I assume they have settled down since you don’t mention them so much. She is a very lucky young lady to have been rescued by you and Sam.
I wish the epi-monster was gone permanently. She had a minor seizure a couple days ago but I was able to treat it without having to take her to the vet. Just shy of 3 months. *sigh* I was floored when I realize she been here that long myself. Still seeing progress, one baby step at a time. 👍🏻
We love this meme!
3 bum swings! 3 more!
Our hearts go out to Elsa & good dogs like her who are/were seen only as profit. Gggrrrr!
We’ll be waiting to hear more about a certain girl’s Gotcha Day!
3 bum swings! 3 more!
We hope the ‘adopt not shop’ meme becomes much more prevalent and makes a big difference.
A year already (well, almost)?? I know how hard it is to believe – Ducky’s 5th gotcha day is September 17th and that doesn’t seem possible either. But our girls are both happy to be part of our families, they’re loved wholeheartedly, and they have their fur-ever homes.
Ducky’s day is a day after Elsa’s! We should have a joint pawty for the girls. 😉
Definitely! I may need you to do all the hard work though. I’ll pm you.
I love this one! It’s perfect to share such an important message.
We think so too. Besides, who wants to mess with Batman?
I have seen that one before and love it! We could not agree more….no pet shop puppies EVER!
Bravo. There are so many special dogs at shelters, there’s no need to buy from a pet store.
That comic cracked me up!
Me too. And then I thought what a great message in addition to the smile.
Hopefully some day it will become as universally, socially unacceptable to buy animals from pet shops as it is to buy seal skin coats that used to belong to a baby seal that was clubbed to death.
We hope that day comes soon.
Robin: “Holy dog poop Batman, I meant to say adopt early and adopt often”. Batman: “well said young charge, now let’s get out of these tights and go for a walk with the Bat dog”.
Bwahaha! Good one Michael. That actually made me burst out laughing out loud. 🤣
SQUAAAAAAAWK! I came from the Bird Store.
Cute batman meme! I don’t know if I knew that Elsa was a puppy mill rescue or not. If I did, I had forgotten. Good for you for adopting her. Hope you have big plans for her gottcha day.
She was seized with 7 other breeding dogs when the owner passed. It was a pretty horrible setting and all the dogs have some sort of health issues.
I don’t know how people could treat animals so badly. You would think, even if they only had them for breeding purposes, that they would want them to be healthy and well taken care of in order to have better puppies! (I am in no way saying puppy mills are okay, in case it came across that way.)
It’s all about numbers as in dollars. Some breeders are just lazy about testing their breeding stock, etc. and others have no clue. So awful. They don’t seem to realize these poor creatures absolutely feel pain.
LOL, the Batman meme is pretty funny! Of course some people will all but slap you if you mention you got your dog from a breeder, never mind it was a responsible breeder, you are an evil person for not adopting. That, I think, is taking it too far. But anyone who buys from a puppy mill deserves to be slapped for their ignorance, Batman style!
I have no issue with responsible breeders and applaud them for their efforts-they provide the foundation for well adjusted, healthy pets. Building a good genetic line is a far cry from the irresponsible who just seem to be in it for the money.
I have a friend who adopted a puppy mill survivor. A male beagle. Very beautiful and very scarred emotionally. They had a rough few years with him as they weren’t allowed to be out of his sight or he would freak out badly. It was such a sad story but the adopters were the best kind of animal people. They worked with him and did what they needed to do to make his life happy. He is better today but still suffers from anxiety. He will accept meeting new humans. Makes you wonder what they did to him that traumatized him so. Perhaps we don’t want to know. I agree with EasyBlog. May those folks find their own hell. Kudos to you for saving Elsa!
Thanks for the kind words. Puppy mills are incredibly cruel. Most of the time, they don’t do anything other than feed the dogs. They don’t socialize them, just keep them to sell puppies to unsuspecting people or pet shops. The mere thought turns my stomach. I’ve never seen a mill dog who wasn’t a matted, filthy mess who wasn’t freaked out about everything initially. Rescuing these dogs isn’t for the faint of heart or the impatient. Your friend must be an angel to take on that challenge. Kudos to her.
I wish I could interview Elsa. To hear how she endured, then how she copes with the freedom she has now. The enjoyment and daily love, so different from the first part of her life. She is so very beautiful inside and out. Good Mommy Monika… good mama!
Thanks. I often wonder what she thinks about life in general too. Especially with her epilepsy-do dogs think about seizures?
I’m so glad that some people made an end of the puppy mill and seized Elsa… it makes me so sad, that heartless humans do this to pets… and if there is only one crumb of higher justice on our slice earth then the same will happen to this evil hardcore breeders…
I often wonder how long Elsa and the rest of the dogs seized would have suffered had the owner not passed away. Gives me shivers just thinking about it.