Whether you're the mom of a human, walking the floor at two in the morning with a crying baby or waiting for a teen that's out past curfew or the mom of a fur baby wondering what more training techniques you can learn to help with chewing, barking, jumping or whatnot, there is that shining moment when you realize you did something right. You got through the sleepless nights, the baby grew happy and healthy, the teen matured, and the puppy did too.
I received two unsolicited blog posts last week from my daughter, Asia. Reading them made me feel so proud and sort of like I must have done something right to get such a great human for a daughter. At times I wondered if we would survive her teen years but she has become a caring, mature, responisble individual and a great mother.
Here is the first installment of Asia's thoughts.
Up until a few years ago, each time I would go in a pet store I would mull over all of the cute puppies and feel so bad for them. They are kept in tiny little glass boxes, and I wondered, "How long do they have to wait for a home?" I assumed that when I got my own house I would head to the neatest pet store and buy a cute puppy. I would be saving a life, I thought.
Then my mom became involved with an animal rescue so I volunteered as well. I learned what a puppy mill is. I learned how cruel people can really be to animals. I became aware of how many animals are homeless, or live in filth. Those are the animals I want to save and give a loving home to.
I volunteer at the local SPCA sometimes and it breaks my heart to see a dog in his concrete cell, sitting in the corner looking utterly defeated. Lost, alone, and scared. I can only imagine the thoughts in their mind. "What did I do wrong" "Why didn't my owners love me anymore?" "Will I ever find my forever home?"
So many animals are in rescues or shelters and those are the ones who need us the most. Animals in pet stores come from unspeakable places and don't even get me started on breeders. When I have my own home I will adopt all of my animals. I won't choose my animals solely on looks, I will choose based on their personality and spirit. I will give a less adoptable animal the loving forever home they deserve. I will make sure to give them the best life possible and make up for lost time. I wish that I could save every animal in need . But until then I will spread the word to anyone who will listen.
ADOPT DON'T SHOP.