Someone asked me, “CCK, how can you be so happy all the time?”
My answer: It must be the chocolate, which gives you endorphins. So eat your chocolate, everyone! That being said, I do occasionally feel sad. Every time that I leave my volunteer job, I feel an overwhelming rush of sadness and helplessness. Don’t get me wrong– I absolutely love the time I spend volunteering as a dog-walker at a local shelter. I adore playing with the dogs, and I’ve even come to enjoy walking the bigger dogs (they end up walking me!). But at the end of the day, I just want to take them all home… but I know I can’t do that. I wish I could convince everyone that adoption is the way to go when buying a dog. No matter what type of dog you’re looking for, you can find it at a shelter– big, small, lapdog, guard dog, old, young, mutt, purebred, etc. And if you’re in love with a particular breed, go to petfinder.com and punch in the breed name– the site’ll hook you up with some dogs of that breed in your area! So there’s NO excuse not to adopt.
Just last week, a neighbor of mine bred her dogs… and sold the puppies. As I watched little children run to her yard and ooh and aah over the critters, I wanted to shout as loud as I could, “DON’T DO IT!” But of course I kept silent as each and every one of those puppies was sold, taking away from my shelter dogs another potential chance for a good home. I’m not angry with the buyers– they don’t know any better than to buy a cute little purebred puppy from a breeder or puppy mill. I just wish it didn’t have to be this way…
Please don’t be offended by this post if you did buy a dog from a breeder or puppy mill! My own dog, Molly, was bought from a breeder before we really knew much about the plight of shelter animals, so I am in NO WAY condemning loving dog owners who have bought their pet from a breeder! Sorry for the gloominess. I’ll be back tomorrow with a happier post, I promise!