Whenever I visit a shopping mall pet shop, I wish I could stand facing it and reveal the passersby an older Chihuahua called Sophia. Sophia is why nobody should ever purchase an animal from a pet shop. Like many dogs available in shops, she came from a puppy mill Pet Store Sandy,.
When I first met Sophia, I did not believe she’d ever get over her extreme fear of people.
Sophia was among a hundred failed dogs captured by police 14 months back by a puppy mill in North Carolina. Like Sophia, the majority of the puppies were little breeds: Chihuahuas, Boston terriers, Shih Tzus and many others. They were being manipulated for the sole intention of earning cash for their proprietor.
Male breeders have been stuck in cages, treated such as assembly-line items, and both females and males have been thrown off when they can’t replicate. The dogs they give birth to are often ill–infested with parasites and infected with diseases and viruses in addition to the hereditary problems they have inherited from their weary parents.
Puppy mill dogs are not touched with a
hands, fed snacks, given soft beds or chew toys or obtained for walks. Their basic bodily needs are unmet and they’re emotionally ignored. And they take their wounds with them. I had been totally unprepared.
The majority of them were so fearful of people who even if softly touched, they’d get rid of control of their intestines. They’d parasites, infections and untreated broken legs which had calcified and treated improperly. As soon as I lifted a camera to snap a photo, they scrambled against the walls, their bodies trembling so hard that I thought they’d collapse. They’d do anything to escape from me, which left giving them their medication for each of their disorders next to hopeless. It soon became evident that I had a whole lot of making up to do to the human race.
Now, I am very happy to say, lots of this fear is now gone.
Sarah, a Chihuahua mix who spent the first year or even more of her entire life in a cage, loves playing tricks on my son, sneaking his toys and socks and running away together when he is not looking. Chandler, among the youngest of the group, no more cowers in fear but rolls on his back to have his belly scratched when he is done playing with his new buddies–three big shepherd mixes. Theresa, yet another small Chihuahua combination, is gradually learning how to trust me and lately begun touching my legs affectionately when she thinks I am not looking. And Sophia, the one I thought wouldn’t trust people, sleeps curled up at a queen-sized bed, snoring like a contented freight train because her new foster mother desperately attempts to find some sleep.
The very best method to help dogs enjoy Sophia would be to refuse to purchase animals from pet shops. There are countless cats and dogs in animal shelters throughout the country waiting for houses. They all are unique and all have something to offer you. In case you’ve got sufficient time and tools to share your house with a single–or even better, two–of these, visit the regional animal shelter and embrace.