The joys (and sadness) of owning a dog

February 11, 2013 — Leave a comment

I have a pug named Floyd (after Floyd Mayweather the boxer). I don’t care what anyone says – Pugs are hands down the cutest and most adorable dogs in the world. He gives me so much joy with his silliness and playfulness that I can’t imagine life without him and I’m scared that day will come one day and I will be absolutely devastated. Pugs are not the sort of dogs who will sit away from you, or play on their own really – if you’re around they need to be touching you, on you, even if it’s just sitting with you with their paw on you, they must be close – it’s an adorable trait that makes them the perfect companion dog.

This isn’t my first Pug, I adopted a 10 year old Pug from a Pug rescue several years ago and it was an amazing and joyous experience. Whilst he was older, he gave so much love in the year and a bit until he passed away (which was devastating) that I was bitten by the Pug bug and absolutely had to have another one. I had to wait until I got back from Beijing, but as soon as I returned I went out and got myself a Pug from a reputable breeder.

Which brings me to the point of my post today; because Pugs are indeed so cute and been brought to the wider public attention by movies like Men in Black and Milo and Otis, unfortunately they are the target for puppy farmers who take Pugs and breed them incessantly in small cages where they never get to play, or run in the grass, or be social with people or other dogs and this makes me unspeakably angry.

I was talking to a pug rescue place that I donate to today and they recently rescued a pug from a ‘breeder’ who has 400 dogs stored in a old piggery shed and breeds them for sale in pet stores. One of the pugs they couldn’t rescue because the ‘breeder’ wouldn’t part with them was a 10 year old Pug who was currently pregnant – this is incredibly dangerous for the mother and is just heartbreaking. Apart from the absolutely disgusting conditions the dogs are stored in, they are quite literally used as a ‘farm’ for puppies and dogs are bred again and again and again until the end of their life then they are put down while never knowing any sort of kindness from a human. Just writing that sentence is enough to bring tears to my eyes and it’s despicable that we let this continue in a civilised society.

So, aside from getting sad and angry – what can you do to help?

Well, I do a few things, I donate money and time to a few pug rescue organisations so they may continue their noble work. You can choose the breed or type of organisation you work with (e.g RSPCA or something like that) but I urge you to help, a little applied judiciously can go a long way, time or money.

You can also ensure that you and your friends NEVER buy puppies from pet stores – they are the main clients of these puppy farms and keep them in business, if there was no demand the puppy farms wouldn’t operate and they would cease this barbaric business.

The other thing you could do is to support Oscars Law – http://www.oscarslaw.org/ *beware, there is some confronting images on this link*

A direct quote from this webpage: “Factory farmed dogs get no veterinary intervention when they need respite from their pain and suffering. They live in filth, sometimes without adequate food or water. Their coats are often matted with faeces and stained with urine. Ear infections and ear mite infestations are common as is painful dental and gum disease.

Many dogs slowly go insane. They spin in circles or pace back and forth in their cells, some never see daylight, and the outside world is a foreign place to them. Should any dogs be lucky enough to be rescued once outside in the open they still circle and pace as if they are still incarcerated. They shy away from human hands as they have never known kindness. The dogs are deprived of even their basic needs as the current law is only concerned with food shelter and water. The dog’s psychological and social needs are ignored on factory farms”

Cruelty to any animals is one of the most abhorrent things a person can do in my opinion – the blight on human civilisation of puppy farms must cease and to quote Burke “All that is needed for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing” – ignoring suffering of any type – human or animal allows this evil to flourish – I implore you to help.

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