99% of all Puppies Sold Online and in Pet Stores are from Puppy Mills


Many of us want to experience the amazing companionship that comes with having a dog of our very own. But millions of people have been naturally conditioned to think “I want to go to the pet store and buy a puppy!” or “let’s look online for breeders!” rather than their instinct being to visit their local animal shelter.

The assumption that so many of us have been accustomed to believing is that we have to find a breeder to get a purebred dog. That is so far from true! The ASPCA says, “purebred dogs end up in shelters just like mixed breeds. Breed rescue groups exist for just about every breed possible. If you have your heart set on a purebred, please be sure to visit your local shelter or find a breed rescue group before searching for a breeder. If you can’t find what you want through a shelter or breed rescue group, please learn how to recognize a responsible breeder.

The harsh reality that most people aren’t aware of is that 99% of all dogs sold in pet stores and online are from a PUPPY MILL, and almost 100% of these puppies are infested with parasites when you purchase them. The ASPCA defines a puppy mill as “a large-scale commercial dog breeding operation that places profit over the well-being of its dogs—who are often severely neglected—and acts without regard to responsible breeding practices. Unlike responsible breeders, who place the utmost importance on producing the healthiest puppies possible, breeding at puppy mills is performed without consideration of genetic quality. This results in generations of dogs with unchecked hereditary defects. Some puppy mill puppies are sold to pet shops—usually through a broker, or middleman—and marketed as young as eight weeks of age. The lineage records of puppy mill dogs are often falsified. Other puppy mill puppies are sold directly to the public, including over the Internet, through newspaper ads, and at swap meets and flea markets.”

Dogs used for breeding are usually kept in cages with wire floors which injure their paws and legs. Cages are sometimes stacked on top of each other and lined up in columns, so waste falls on the dogs in the cages below them. Poor health, matting, sores, mange, severe dental disease and abscesses are usually widespread with puppy mill dogs. Many sick puppies manage to end up at pet stores and the new puppy owner unknowingly purchases the sick dog.

According to the ASPCA “No Pet Store Puppies” Website:

There are roughly 10,000 puppy mills in the US with Missouri and Oklahoma producing HALF of all the puppies sold in pet stores alone. Some puppy mills can have up to 1,000 adult dogs breeding at once and up to 400 puppies born every year – more than one born per day. Every year there are approximately 4 MILLION puppies born in puppy mills but only about 2,000,000 are sold online and in pet stores because many are born with or develop physical problems that make them unwanted and either end up abandoned or left to die.

Madonna of the Mills, a courageous woman who dedicates her life to saving dogs trapped and tortured in puppy mills, explains that “almost every puppy sold in a pet store has a mother who will spend her entire life in a tiny cage, never being petted, never being walked, never being treated like a dog.” Breeding dogs usually spend their entire lives outdoors and the females usually have little or no recovery time between litters. When the females can no longer reproduce after a few years, the dogs are usually abandoned, shot, or starved until they eventually die.

If you still think that your breeder or pet store is telling the truth about their ethical breeding practices because they are “USDA licensed,” here’s what ASPCA has to say about that:

Below is the trailer for Dog by Dog, a documentary “that aims to wake up the American public to the horrible realities of puppy mills by following the money trail across the United States and confronting those that have maintained this corrupt and irresponsible system.”

There was also a special episode on the Oprah show dedicated to exposing puppy mills after she saw a billboard just off the Kennedy Expressway in Chicago that said ”Oprah: Do a show on puppy mills. The dogs need you” created by Bill Smith, the founder of Main Line Animal Rescue.

There are people out there like the ones you see in the videos that have the resources  and the means to expose the torturous conditions the dogs are living in. But without your help to spread their messages and get the word out to the masses, these dogs will continue to suffer.

Just to give you an idea of how little attention this horrible epidemic receives: The Madonna of the Mills trailer was posted on YouTube 3 years ago has only been viewed 2,007 times as of today. The Oprah episode is the only copy of the show on YouTube and has been viewed 464 times. The dog by dog documentary trailer was posted nearly a year ago and has only received 5,834 views.

People are constantly sharing “viral videos” on social media and talking about them with their friends, so why aren’t videos and documentaries as important as these being shared or viewed just as much if not more?

You are probably feeling just as as troubled, devastated, sick, hurt, and helpless as I am after learning about puppy mills. But you CAN do something to help! It is as easy as SHARING the knowledge and taking a stand against purchasing puppies from pet stores and online! The more people that learn what is going on, take a stand against puppy mills, and stop buying from pet stores that sell puppies, the less puppy mills there will be until they become extinct all together. If no one is buying the puppies, the money-hungry puppy mill owners will have no choice but to stop the cruelty.

There are so many shocking facts and lessons to be learned about puppy mills that cannot possibly be explained in one blog post, so please do more research for yourself and read the ASPCA FAQ’s about puppy mills. 

 

 

Why Do Some Dogs Sleep On Their Backs?

It doesn’t seem to matter when or where my dog Zoey is sleeping or lounging around, she almost always goes belly-side up! As soon as I put her in the passenger’s seat of my car, she flops onto her back and stares at me with her adorable little upside-down grin (I bring her everywhere I can with me!).

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When she hops up onto the couch in the living room, she almost always flips over and hangs out belly up! She will look around and stare sweetly at everyone in the room, and you can’t help but smile when you see her lounging.

Even when she is in play-mode, she will grab a toy and roll over onto her back with the toy between her front paws and toss it up in the air to amuse herself. It is one of the cutest things she does, and hangers are her favorite “toy!”

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She will also follow me to bed, press her nose against me a few times to tell me she is ready to play her favorite game: “bite the mysterious human hands under the covers.” She can’t go to bed before she wrestles with her Beagle sister Jem. After play time, she rolls over onto her back when she is ready to try to fall asleep. She will lay there in this cute pose for a few minutes until I see her slowly drifting off to sleep.

My first thought when Zoey sleeps, plays, and hangs out laying on her back is how adorable and funny it is, but I have recently started to wonder if there are real reasons behind why she does this and how common it is for dogs to lay belly-up, so I did some research:

According to Vet Street, 5-10% of domesticated dogs sleep on their backs. Zoey is part of the minority!

It’s a Sign of Security

According to an article I read on The Daily Puppy, the happiest and most secure dogs go belly-up and sleep on their backs. A sound-sleeping dog on her back demonstrates that she is extremely comfortable around you and feels very safe (Yay for Zoey!). Dogs will most likely not sleep on their backs if they are not feeling secure, because this position exposes their more vulnerable area.

It’s Comfortable

Sleeping belly-up is likely to be the most comfortable position for dogs because their muscles can completely relax. Dogs that sleep on their stomachs or curled up in a ball still have their muscles tensed which is not as comfortable. Back-sleepers have their muscles completely un-tensed, are the most relaxed, and tend to sleep deeper.

It Helps Them Cool Off

Sleeping on their backs helps dogs cool off when they are feeling too warm. Exposing their stomachs helps them cool off faster. The stomach has the least amount of fur, so flopping over feels like shedding a layer of clothing for dogs. This is one of the reasons Zoey will go belly-up in the car. After a long walk in the park, she exposes her belly as a way to cool down.

They Use it to Show Affection

Dogs who sleep on their backs also tend to be good communicators who want to use their body language to show you that they are feeling happy! Especially during playtime, happy dogs will roll over hoping for a rewarding belly rub. If your dog trusts you, she will invite and appreciate a good tummy scratch. Affectionate back-sleepers will lie pressed against their owners or other dogs to give you love and show you that they trust you. Sleeping in this close position allows your dog to feel like she is bonding with you and protecting you.

Zoey has slept pressed right up against my side ever since she was 1 year old, and it still melts my heart to this day! I feel such a strong bond with her when she sleeps so close to me. She may not be able to tell me how she is feeling (although sometimes I really wish she could!), but she sure does show me how happy she is which means everything to me!

I would love to hear from you! Does your dog love being on his or her back like Zoey? Share your stories and/or photos with me in the comments. :)

“Walk for a Dog” App Donates To Animal Shelters Every Time You Walk Your Dog

335,000 miles and counting. That’s how far thousands of people and their dogs in all 50 states have walked to help raise money for animal rescues and shelters at no cost to them thanks to the Walk for a Dog app from WoofTrax.

For those of us who care so deeply about the helpless animals that are sitting in shelters but can’t afford to budget the extra cash to donate, there’s finally an app that easily relieves us of this stress! All you have to do is download the Walk for a Dog app, take your phone with you on the walk, press “start”, and watch as you raise money with every step! The app automatically finds the shelter closest to you, but you can change your choice of shelters as many times as you want. Donations range from 11-25 cents per mile, but the more people that use the app the more WoofTrax can donate!

The animals in shelters are depending on us, and all we have to do to help them is tell our family and friends about this amazing program. The money WoofTrax donates to animal shelters comes from sponsorships, advertising, and investors. As the number of people that use the app increases, the number of investors and advertisements increases which means more money going to the shelters! Let’s do our part to spread the word to all of our friends and our local shelters so they can help promote it as well. The shelters already receiving donations:

If you or your friends are dog lovers but not dog owners, you can still use this app to show support by walking the dogs at your local shelter by choosing the “Walk for Cassie” option or create your virtual dream dog on the app as your walking companion!

We can all make a huge difference by using and promoting this app, and all we have to do is simply take walks with our best friend– free of charge! I can’t imagine going on another walk with Zoey and Jem without using this app and will feel so great knowing we have saved shelter pets by simply adding one extra step to our daily walk routine.

See what people are saying about Walk for a Dog:

“I downloaded the Walk for a Dog app and used it today for the first time. Great to know that just by doing what I do every day, walking my dog, I can help the dogs at the Monmouth County SPCA. It’s also good to know how much I am walking – close to my first mile!” - Lynne, New Jersey

Homeless and Inseparable: Two Dogs Find Their Happily Ever After

If you didn’t already believe that dogs are some of the most selfless and loyal beings on earth, you will now. A homeless long-haired Chihuahua and a Pit Bull mix were found roaming the streets of Savannah, Georgia together. What shocked the officials who found them is how they wouldn’t leave each other’s side. The Pit Bull carried the injured Chihuahua everywhere they went, only taking a break to lick the Chihuahua’s infected eye wound.

After the Chihuahua had eye surgery, the two were reunited and were overjoyed to see each other again, “licking, whining, caressing and finally cuddling.” They have been named Joanie and Chachi in honor of their inseparable relationship and extremely close bond. “It’s not every day we get to see such devotion between two special dogs like this,” Animal Control Officer Christina Sutherin said. “They are both such sweet animals. But the relationship they share just sets them apart.”

Joanie and Chachi Are Inseperable

Emails and social media posts have been flooding into the police department with people asking to adopt the pair and keep them together forever. The SCMPD Facebook page announced that the duo have been officially adopted and will be enjoying their new home in sunny Florida come August. The department said Joanie and Chachi showed extreme excitement when they were told they found a forever home for them together.

Joanie and Chachi Find A Home

“Neither one seems to care about another dog they are exposed to, only each other,” says Sutherin. “They truly appear to be soul mates.”