and they called it puppy love….

OK, I missed it.  Tuesday was National Puppy Day.      To get the awwwws over with, here we go…

National Puppy Day is March 23 of every year, which only started 4 years ago in 2006.   National Puppy Day was created to educate the public about the practice of puppy mills, and raise awareness of orphaned puppies.

For lots more pictures and stories, plus forums and information regarding just about anything to do with baby dogs, visit the Daily Puppy, for your recommended daily allowance of puppies.

For those wanting to welcome a new puppy into their homes, I can only repeat: please, please, please  Adopt, Don’t Shop!! and don’t help support puppy mills. If you don’t get a pup directly from a breeder, consider getting a puppy from a shelter, or a rescue organization.

In the US,  almost all pet store puppies come from puppy mills. Before you think about getting a pup from a store, ask the pet store employee to show you the paperwork identifying the puppy’s breeder and origins. If he or she refuses to do so or is reluctant to show you the paperwork, consider that a red flag. If you do inspect the paperwork, you may notice that the puppy has been shipped from out of state, often by a “broker” service. These are just a few indications that the store’s dog may have come from a puppy mill. The bottom line is that responsible breeders do not sell their puppies to pet stores; they want to meet their puppy buyers in person and do not sell their puppies to the first person who shows up with cash in hand.

It has been many years since we had a puppy in the house.  My parents raised dogs (boxers), and my dad trained them.  Kidlet has learned to handle and train dogs, and came in 4th (out of 83)  in a competition for young dog handlers.  I miss having dogs,  partner misses having dogs, kidlet misses having dogs…. but with us busy with work and school, a dog, and especially a puppy, would be alone far too much and that wouldn’t be fair.   So we try to visit with dogs (oh, and their owners, too) as much as possible!

Happiness is a warm puppy.  ~Charles M. Schulz

When you feel lousy, puppy therapy is indicated.  ~Sara Paretsky

When was the last time you hugged the pure joy that is a puppy?


One Response to “and they called it puppy love….”

  1. Knittingdancer (Ravelry) Says:

    I love all puppies. No matter of the breed. I have a male Jack Russell Terrier (Parsons Terrier).

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