It’s Little Miss SnowAngel’s birthday today. She is 4 years old.
This is the sweet puppy face that compelled me to take on a third husky. At the time Angel was 4 months old she was already languishing in a kennel. She was the product of a breeder who bred litters of Huskies for profit. The breeder, in an effort to push as many dogs through her business as she could, had several litters on the ground at once. Sadly, Angel was never sold and by the time she was 3 months old she was no longer that cute rolly polly puppy that people want to buy. She became unwanted “overhead” to the breeder.
No longer a cute little puppy, Angel was shipped off to the “farm” where she just existed with the other unsold dogs. She was fed, her kennel was cleaned daily, but she had no socialization and she had no family to love and bond with. With every passing day she got to be one day older and less likely to have someone who wanted her.
I was haunted by this beautiful face every day for a month. I weighed out the pros and cons of adding another Husky to the family. I tried to reason and talk myself out of it but just looking at that little face and knowing that no one wanted her broke my heart. I came to the conclusion that as long as she was a good fit with my existing Huskies I would consider rescuing her. Had she been an incompatible temperament match I would have had to pass on adopting her because I have a responsibility to keep my other dogs safe, happy, and stress free too.
So I made an appointment to observe Angel interacting with other dogs. I watched her behaviour for several hours. She was naturally submissive, not too pushy, and looked to be a suitable candidate for placement into my home.
Sadly, even though no else was wanting this dog, the breeder was still more concerned about recouping her monetary losses with this dog than the dog’s ultimate well being. She was not willing to turn the dog over to me unless I agreed to pay a considerable adoption fee to cover the mircrochipping, shots, and “upkeep” of the dog to this point. By now, I was disgusted by the greed of this breeder and I just wanted to get Angel out of there and I begrudgingly agreed to pay her the “ransom” for the dog.
Why I Detest Backyard Breeding
For anyone who wonders why I detest all the backyard breeding that happens with these dogs… this is the reason!
What happens to the dogs when you cannot sell them as puppies?
What happens to those puppies that end up going to less than great potential owners just so you can “move your product”?
Dogs are living things, not merchandise or overhead, and should not be relegated into a commodity.
Angel was rescued but countless others still languish because they are unwanted. Please, don’t breed your dog just because you can. Don’t add to the problem of unwanted Snow Dogs out there. And please don’t get a Snow Dog just to breed more Snow Dogs. Please have a heart and conscience. Don’t be the person who adds to this problem.
Anyway, a few years later, and here she is, sassy, independent, bratty, and full of herself…. our SnowAngel. She still has some residual issues with being a bit shy and wary of people. She still ducks her head in fear when someone reaches out to pet her. She still needs and likes her space. She is not much for snuggling or cuddling but she does give sweet little Angel kisses. I accept her for who she is and for who she is not.
So Happy 4th Birthday, my sweet little Angel. You are loved and you will always have a place in my home, in our family, and in my heart. You belong here with us. You are loved.
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