Hey, fellow pet lovers!
Today is National Puppy Day so I thought I would write a post that talks all about all this wonderful day, our worldwide love for puppies, how this great day came to be? And I plan to briefly touch on the unfortunate reality and horrors of puppy mills worldwide. It really feels like so long ago that Nia and little Lily where pups as they grow up way too fast…
Let’s jump straight into today’s post and learn all about National Puppy Day 2019!
National Puppy Day, 23rd March 2019
National Puppy Day is such a wonderful day to celebrate and is all about the unconditional love, joy and happiness our canine pups bring us each and every day, as well as raising awareness about the importance of orphaned and shelter puppies and the horrors of puppy mills worldwide. National Puppy Day is celebrated on the 23rd of March each year and was founded by Colleen Paige who is a Pet and Home Lifestyle expert with a serious passion and love for animals.
As well as National Puppy Day Colleen is responsible for creating many other days that celebrate the worlds unconditional love for canine and feline companions, as well as horses and wildlife and below you can see a list of the other national days Colleen has founded.
National Pet Day, 11th April.
National Mutt Day, July 31st.
National Dog Day, August 26th.
National Black Dog Day, 15th October.
National Cat Day, 29th October.
National Horse Protection Day, 1st March.
National Wildlife Day, 4th September.
National Walk Your Dog Week, 2nd October.
As you can see Colleen has created a variety of National Days to help pet lovers and owners celebrate our companion animals all over the world, to learn more about these special days then head over to Colleen’s website. Some of you may remember one of my previous posts from last year which was all about National Walk Your Dog Week and if you haven’t read it yet then check it out after reading today’s post.
Puppy Love, Nia and Lily!
Now we know the reasons behind National Puppy Day I want to quickly talk about my two gorgeous girls Nia and Lily when they were puppies. Above are a few of their puppy photos and it really feels like a lifetime ago that they were little balls of fluff.
Nia was such a sweet puppy but fairly destructive and she managed to eat her way through a good amount of our possessions, some odder than others!! I think the first thing she destroyed was the skirting board which is pretty generic for pups, then a pair of my partners shoes, then her puppy bed, then the corners of a chest of draws, a chair cushion, a roll of toilet roll and lastly, two homegrown chilli plants much to my partner’s despair.
You’ll have to excuse the quality of these photos as they were taken a good while ago but above you can see Nia when she was almost a year old just after she had ripped up a chair cushion, her little face says it all!! The next photo of Nia is when she decided to run down the passage in our flat which is fairly long with a whole roll of loo roll that was still attached to the toilet roll holder, she ran into the sitting room and wrapped it around herself, she is just too cute!!
Nia was an only dog until she was just over one years old and then I talked to my partner about getting her a little friend to grow up alongside, we both agreed that it was a good idea and I started hunting for the perfect pooch which ended up being little Lily.
Lily was such a lovely but completely crazy puppy, we introduced her into our little family back in January 2016 and I had just started a Real Estate Degree a few months before in September, probably not the best time to get a puppy in all honestly but I wouldn’t change it for the world. However, the first few months were so tough because every morning between 3 and 5am all she wanted to do was play, she had absolutely no interest in sleep what so ever. Thankfully, she has grown out of this now and loves her sleep-ins which I’m super happy about, as those first few months were quite difficult but I got through them and managed to pass my first year of study despite the lack of sleep.
Having a puppy is amazing, watching them grow and creating that special bond with your pup is one of the best feelings in the world. However, a lot of people forget that when you get an adorable little puppy that it is one day going to grow up to a become a fully mature dog, which is why it is so essential that people really take the time to consider whether getting a pet is the right option for them?
I’ve written two posts that talk about a few questions every potential pet owner should ask themselves if they’re considering introducing a canine or feline friend into their lives and if this is you then check them out after reading today’s post.
Also, if you’ve enjoyed learning about my girls and would like to learn more about Nia and Lily then check out two of my previous posts that talk all about their little personalities, what they like to get up to and much more…
Adopt Don’t Shop!
One of the main reasons Colleen created National Puppy Day was to raise awareness about orphaned and homeless puppies who are hunting for their forever homes. There are so many poor pets out there who are waiting to be adopted and if you’re considering getting a canine companion then why not adopt a puppy?
When my partner and I wanted to bring another dog into our home so Nia could have a little friend to grow up alongside and play with, we went to the local kennels three times with the hopes of giving a poor pooch a new start. However, we couldn’t find the right match since we had to make sure that if we did adopt a dog, it was the right one for Nia. I felt awful leaving empty-handed each time and it took days to forgive myself but I’m certain that one day we will adopt a dog from a shelter and give them a loving home.
If you’re wanting to bring a pet into your life then remember there are countless animals out there who need to be adopted from shelters all around the world, so please don’t just consider buying a puppy from a breeder or a pet shop but also consider adopting or rescuing.
If you live in the UK and want to adopt a pet then head over to one of the many animal charities websites that help to rehome stray dogs, puppies and cats each year.
Puppy mills are truly awful things and unfortunately, statistics show that they are a common reality worldwide. In the US it’s estimated that there are about ten thousand puppy mills and a massive aim of National Puppy Day is to raise awareness about puppy mills/farms and help decrease this number as much as possible.
Shockingly, a lot of pet owners purchase a puppy from a pet store or a breeder who they think is honest and ethical, but the harsh truth is that a lot of these pet stores and breeders are actually supporting the puppy mill trade.
How can you tell if you’re buying a puppy that came from a puppy mill?
Thankfully, there are a few signs you can look out for to see if your puppy is coming from a reputable breeder or a puppy mill, so make sure to keep these things in mind if you’re purchasing a puppy at any point in your life.
Ask to see your pups parents!
The first thing to do is to ask to see your pups parents, make sure you see them in person as a breeder who owns a puppy mill can easily lie and send you a photo which is fake. If the breeder makes up excuses and doesn’t allow you to see your pups parents then this is a worrying sign and is a clear indicator that your pup is most likely from a puppy mill.
See your puppy with its mother!
Just like above this is another important thing to do, if you see your puppy with its mother and everything looks fine, both mum and her pups look healthy then this is a good indicator that your puppy is from a reputable breeder. However, if your breeder doesn’t allow you to see mum and simply shows you your puppy alone or with their siblings then this is a worrying sign that your pup may come from a puppy farm.
Poorly looking puppies.
Another indicator that your puppy is from a puppy mill is if they or their fellow siblings have any eye or ear problems or obvious health conditions. Puppies who have weepy eyes and are overall lethargic may, in reality, come from a puppy mill, even if you are viewing them from a normal home.
Bad odour and poor living conditions.
When you go and visit your potential pup and if you are greeted with an awful odour or can see that their living conditions are poor then this is another sign that your puppy may come from a puppy mill.
These are just a few of the many indicators that a puppy may come from a puppy mill and make sure you’re always aware of this potential danger and if adopting a pet from a shelter or rescue centre feels right for you then I would always suggest doing so, as there are plenty of loving pets searching for their forever home.
To learn more about puppy mills and see the awful living condition which these poor dogs have to survive in then follow the link to this short video, The Reality of Puppy Mills.
Today’s post has inspired me to write a whole other sperate post that will go a lot more in-depth about puppy mills, as it’s definitely something that needs to be talked about with the hopes that raising awareness will help to decrease the number of pups that come from these horrible places. Thankfully, in the UK the Kennel Club is trying to raise awareness about puppy farming and has various standards in place to help ensure responsible breeding takes place.
If you’re searching for a puppy you can go on the Kennel Clubs Website as you can use their Assured Breeder Scheme to search for responsible breeders within the Uk.
Writing today’s post was both upsetting and happy as I got to think about all many joy-filled moments that our canine companions bring us, but I also had to learn about the harsh reality of puppy mills across America. Thankfully, we have national days like today which help people all across the globe realise how important it is to adopt instead of shop for pets and to help raise awareness about puppy mills with the hopes that one day they will be a thing of the past.
Thanks for reading today’s post, I hope you all liked learning about National Puppy Day and if so, then let me know by hitting that like button or giving it a share so other pet parents can learn about this special day and help to raise awareness about the importance of adopting a pet and the horrors of puppy mills worldwide.
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