Friday, April 20, 2012
Dodger a Puppy Mill Survivor
Some of you may have remembered my earlier posts on our sweet Dodger that adopted us about 2 years ago. Here is a current picture of the little cutie by my desk in the den. I had just groomed him. He's getting so much better about being groomed. Now, I can almost completely get him done before he tells me he's had enough. He still refuses to let me clean his ears or trim his nails, so he must visit the vet for that. But still, after 2 years, he now sits still and lets me work on him for quite a while.
When we first found Dodger at Furburbia in Park City, Utah, he was terrified of people and nipped without warning. Now? He's pretty happy here in our home with our other two dogs. Dodger has come a long way and even gives us kisses. He's very demanding if I am still asleep when he wakes up in the morning, and will grab my hand and try to pull me up. He gets very excited about treat times and relishes eating his favorite ones. In the warm weather, he loves to run outside with them and eat them in the sunshine.
Puppy Mills are horrible places where the most important thing is profit. Animals live in terrible conditions in wire cages, often too small to move in. They are sometimes stacked on top of each other. Many times they are kept outside regardless of the weather. Imagine being rained on with no protection, living in a cage in wintertime when the metal is freezing cold or summer with the sun beating down. Dogs are malnourished, lacking a healthy diet, and are not fed or watered as required. These animals are not cared for, not socialized, not loved. They are there for one purpose, and one purpose only - to breed.
When Dodger was rescued, he was found to have a yeast infection in his ears, heartworm, and a growth in his throat. When we first adopted him, he suffered bouts of reverse sneezing. He is doing much better these days.
Here are two pictures of Puppy Mill dogs. They aren't easy to look at.
Here are the two pictures of Dodger from Furburbia that made me want to bring this sweetheart home to live with us:
Please join me in fighting against animal cruelty of any kind. There are many sites where you can subscribe or donate to organizations who fight against animal abuse. Nothing angers me more than cruelty of any kind, and especially cruelty to those who cannot defend themselves. We like to think we are the higher species on earth, yet we have not learned compassion and respect for all of Mother Earth's children. We are, as I often say, still in kindergarten here on Earth.
Be warned. Some sites about Puppy Mills have pictures that will haunt you the rest of your life. How blessed I feel that this gentle soul was saved and is now a member of our home, often happy and full of energy. There are times, though, when the horrors he's been through are written in his eyes.
The Age of Aquarius is being ushered in as I write this. It is to be a time of moving from the Age of Pisces. Wikipedia describes the Age of Aquarius as: Aquarius traditionally "rules" electricity, computers, flight, democracy, freedom, humanitarianism, idealists, modernization, astrology, nervous disorders, rebels and rebellion. Other keywords and ideas believed associated with Aquarius are nonconformity, philanthropy, veracity, perseverance, humanity and irresolution. The appearance or elevation in status of many of these Aquarian developments over the last few centuries is considered by many astrologers to indicate the proximity of the Aquarian age.
The sign of Aquarius is the water bearer. Aquarius is a sign that spreads thought, intellect, ideas, interaction.
Each zodical Age is approx 2150 years long. We have been in the Age of Pisces, dominated by spiritualism and the rise of religions. Did you know the sign of Pisces is a pair of fish. Some think it is not coincidence that a symbol of Jesus is the fish. Earth's completion of becoming the new Age is the end of Dec 2011. That's right. When the Mayan calendar ends. Co-incidence?
Let us all start practicing humanitarianism, understanding, and love of all living beings.
Remember The 5th Dimension in the 60's singing 'The Age of Aquarius'? We're almost there, friends, almost there.
LHR (love, honor, and respect) my dear friends.