A dog is for life, not just for Christmas

This isn’t something I normally post about, considering the nature of this blog and all. But I read this online, and it made me well up reading it. I just have to share it with you. It’s a letter called “A dog is for life, not just for Christmas”.

Dear Mom and Dad,

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 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.

With love,

Your Puppy *lick*

Remember – animals have feelings too.

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  1. I am all for educating Joe Q Public about the right ways to go about getting a new pet, but I do not feel the harshness will get the message across. It is a very undignified way for animals to die, animals that never asked to be put on this earth in the first place. One of the better and more positive ways of getting the message across would be to put Puppy Farmers and Backyard Breeders out of business. Ethical and responsible breeders are not producing animals that end up in pounds, we take our animals back no matter what the circumstances. Every time some ignorant person hands a BYB money for a poorly bred puppy, all they are doing is handing the bad breeder a reward, which fuels them into breeding over and over again.

    These byb’s and puppy farmers don’t Health test or temperament test the parents or the puppies prior to breeding/sale, they don’t even check out the new homes appropriately, they’ll sell to anyone with the correct amount to offer. All a part of why these dogs are in kill-shelters in the first place! Who wants to put up with a puppy that still treats the house like a toilet because you didn’t bother to teach him/her the appropriate places to go? Who wants to deal with a dog that is diagnosed with a fatal illness at barely 3 years old? Getting people to stop and think is a good thing, but not with that sort of undignified portrait. 🙁

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