A Puppy To Love

This is my story
I don't remember much from the place I was born. It was cramped
and dark, and we were never played with by humans. I remember
Mom and her soft fur, but she was often sick, and very thin. She
had hardly any milk for me and my brothers and sisters. I remember
many of them dying, and I missed them so.

I do remember the day I was taken from Mom. I was so scared,
my milk teeth had only come in, and I really should have been with
Mom still, but she was so sick, and the Humans kept saying that they
wanted money and were sick of the "mess" that me and my sister
made. So we were crated up and taken to a strange place. Just
the two of us. We huddled together and we were scared, still no
Human hands Came to pet or love us.

So many sights and sounds, and smells! We are in a store where
there are many different animals! Some that squawk! Some that
meow! Some that peep! My sister and I are jammed into small
cage, I hear other puppies here. I see humans look at me, I like
the "little humans", the kids, they would play with me!

All day we stay in the small cage, sometimes mean people will
hit the glass and frighten us, every once in a while we are taken out
to be shown to humans. Some are gentle, some hurt us, we always
hear " Aw they are so cute! I want one!" but we never get to go
with any.

My sister died last night, when the store was dark. I lay my head
on her soft fur and felt the life leave her small thin body. I had
heard them say she was sick, and that I should be sold at a
"discount price" so that I would quickly leave the store. I think
my soft whine was the only one that mourned her as her body
was taken out in the morning and dumped.

Today, a family came and bought me! Oh Happy Day!!!! They
are a nice family, they really wanted me! They had bought a dish
and food and the little girl held me so tenderly in her arms. I love
her so much! The Mom and Dad say what a sweet and good
puppy I am ! I am named Angel. I love to lick my new humans!
The family takes such good care of me, they are loving and tender
and sweet. They gently teach me right and wrong, give me good food,
and lots of love! I want only to please these wonderful people!
I love the little girl and enjoy running and playing with her.

Today I went to the veterinarian, it was a strange place and I
was frightened. I got some shots, but my best friend the little
girl held me softly and said it would be OK. So I relaxed. The
vet must have said sad words to my beloved family, because
they looked awful sad. I heard Severe hip dysplacia, and
something about my heart.... I heard the vet say something about
back yard breeders and my parents not being tested. I know
not what any of that means, just that it hurts me to see my
family so sad. But they still love me, and I still love them very much!

I am 6 months old now. Where most other puppies are robust
and rowdy, it hurts me terribly just to move. The pain never lets up.
It hurts to run and play with my beloved little girl, and I find it hard to
breath. It breaks my heart to see the little girl so sad, and to hear the
Mom and Dad talk about "might now be the time." Several times I have
gone to that veterinarians place, and the news is never good.
Always talk about Congenital Problems. I just want to feel the
warm sunshine and run, and play and nuzzle my family.

Last night was the worst, pain has been my constant companion
now, it hurts even to get a drink. I try to get up but can only whine
in pain. I am taken in the car one last time. Everyone is so sad,
and I don't know why. Have I been bad? I try to be good and
loving, what have I done wrong? Oh if only this pain would be
gone! if only I could soothe the tears of the little girl. I reach out
my muzzle to lick her hand, but can only whine in pain.

The Veterinarians table is so cold. I am so frightened.
The humans all hug and love me, they cry into my soft fur.
I manage to lick softly their hands. Even the vet doesn't
seem so scary today, he is gentle and I sense some kind
of relief for my pain. The little girl holds me softly and I thank
her, for giving me her love. I feel a soft pinch in my foreleg.
The pain is beginning to lift, I am beginning to feel peace
decend upon me. I can now softly lick her hand. My vision is becoming
dream like now, and I see my Mother and brothers and sisters, in a
far off green place. They tell me there is no pain there, only peace and
happiness. I tell the family good-bye in the only way I know
how, a soft wag of my tail and a nuzzle of my nose. I had
hoped to spend many, many moons with them, but it was not
meant to be. "you see," said the vet " Pet shop puppies do not
come from ethical breeders."

The pain ends now, and I know it will be many years until I
see my family again. If only things could have been different.

( This story may be published or reprinted in the hopes
that it will stop unethical breeders and those who breed
only for money and not for the betterment of any dog breed.
Copywrite 1999 J. Ellis)

Please spread this story.

All we need is someone to love us and take care of us please !!!
I can have pups just like these and would love to. But I
worry more about what will happen to the loved healthy
pups after they leave here to there new home's. Its so hard
to tell if the person will take very good care of the pups!
And ready for the responsibility that goes with it. I would
love to keep them all. But we need to think about saving
the lives of all the homeless pups and kittens.
We need to stop pet shop buying of puppies and kittens,
all they care about is the money, not the safety or their health !!!

Petition to Stop The Lyles Tennessee Puppy Mill

There are no dumb animals just dumb people!
Please help make it safe for us guys!


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