How We Met Our Fur Baby?
Hello friends, in this post, I am writing about how we met our fur baby. That day we went in search of a perfect pup. It took us some time to realize our mistake, but today I want to share our learnings with you and hope to spread awareness.
This post is part two of the blog series I am doing in memory of our fur baby, Caesar.
It was April 2015, just two months after our marriage, when I told my husband that we should get a dog. He already knew how much I loved animals, and somehow he anticipated this was coming. But before adding a new member to the family, we had to ask & convince everyone, especially my brother-in-law (BIL), who is still terrified of dogs. And, of course, my mother-in-law (MIL) since she was never in favor of getting a pet.
That was the weekend, and we were at my in-law’s place. It was a perfect day to bring up this conversation. We started with my BIL since we had the least hope that he would join the gang, but the moment he heard that we are thinking of getting a puppy, he was all cool & excited about it. Well, that was easy and totally unexpected; we took it as a sign.
Now, the next task was to convince my MIL; at first, she seemed upset, but my BIL joining our side made her give in. Yay! we are getting a puppy.
Though I claimed I love animals, I had no idea how the breeders exploit animals to earn some bucks. And I am so ashamed for being ignorant at that time.
Since we had no idea about the breeders’ unethical and ill practices and zero awareness about pet adoption, we went on with our search for a perfect pup.
We searched for breeders around Delhi, asked friends for recommendations, and visited many pet shops & kennels to find that perfect breed. I specifically wanted a labrador. The hunt went on for a few hours, but soon we started losing hope. Most of the pups we saw looked sad & in such poor condition. And the price that the owners were asking was unbelievably high & totally out of our budget.
We were thinking of going back home just when a friend of my BIL called & told him about a labrador pup available in our budget. We were literally jumping in excitement & immediately agreed to get him without even looking at him. But the moment I saw the pup, my heart sank.
He was the weakest of all the pups we had seen that day. He looked sick & miserable & he was so tiny that he fit in my hand. Moreover, he didn’t look like a labrador at all.
The owner told us that the pup’s mother had died; all his siblings had already found a home, and because he was the last born, nobody chose him. She even told us that he would die soon if she could not find a home for him.
I don’t know if that girl was telling the truth or playing with our emotions, but she succeeded in convincing us.
The moment I took him in my hands, I fell in love with that pup. Even though I knew the risk, I wanted him to come home with us. So, this is how we met our fur baby! #My_Son_Caesar
We paid 8k to the owner/breeder to buy that pup.
That is the mistake we humans make that makes the life of animals hell in the hands of breeders. We say that we love animals, but we are equally responsible for these voiceless beings’ plight in reality.
What if we had ADOPTED instead of BUYING?
A poor soul spending his days inside a cage at a shelter would have got a home.
What if the dog lovers decide to adopt pets from a genuine pet owner or an animal shelter and ditch buying? Maybe this could help in eliminating the puppy mills & backyard breeders.
And, if we really love dogs, which breed they are should not bother us.
SAVE A LIFE!
ADOPT, DON’T SHOP!
I found a thought-provoking article by Peta – There’s no such thing as a ‘Responsible Breeder.’ I have linked the article, do give it a read if you are considering buying a pet.
I am doing a blog series this month in memory of our fur baby, #My_Son_Caesar.
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Raising a Pup | Caesar’s First Month & Health Issues – Blog Series (Part-3)