Each time I go to the mall, I tell myself not to go into the puppy/dog stores. But what do I end up doing? Going into those stores. Then I leave the store feeling sad and having my heart break knowing those pups behind the windows are most likely from puppy mills. I walk in feeling so disgusted and wanting to see if there are any shibas behind those windows and a sigh of relief comes over me when I don't see any, but still I cry a bit inside seeing the other puppies who are there. I get angry when I hear people wanting to purchase these pups. I want to pull them aside and educate them on puppy mills and where most of those pups probably came from. I want to save them the heartache of possibly having an ill puppy down the line.
In the past 6 months I've seen at least six shiba inu puppies in the pet stores. Every time I've seen one, they looked so lethargic. Today, I went to go pickup a bag of free Natura pet food from a coupon that's going around on the internet. I didn't realize the store I was going to, to pick up the food also sold puppies there. I felt relieved because I didn't see any shiba pups there, or so I thought, until I walked towards the back. There were "new arrivals" who couldn't come out to play just yet. In one cage was a red female shiba pup cuddling next to a female pug. After a while the pug woke up and tried to get the shiba to wake up. The shiba had a plastic tag around it's neck for identification and the pug was tugging at it. Lifting the shiba up from a sleeping position to a sitting position. Still the shiba just opened her eyes, looked at the pug and plopped back down to sleep. I walked out of the store, not looking back, because if I did I would have wanted to take that little girl home with me. I knew I couldn't, because then I'd be supporting the one thing I want to get rid of, the puppy mills.
I pray that one day, everyone will be educated on purchasing puppies, so they can learn where their companions come from and put an end to the puppy mills, so we can have healthier and happier puppies.