Category Archives: puppy mill

1200 Dogs Dead – a Typical Day at the Mill

North Washington Street Kennels is a pet shop near the junction of I-70 and I-25 near Denver, CO. I’ve been there, and I can tell you first-hand that there is something very wrong with those puppies. It amazes me that … Continue reading

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A Pet Shop Happy Tale?

I’m glad this pet shop did the right thing for Oliver and that Oliver turned out to be a great family dog. Unfortunately most people don’t have this experience, but their bad experiences have nothing on the horrific lives the breeding dogs suffer. The best thing we can do for dogs like Oliver (and especially for Oliver’s parents) is to not patronize stores that sell companion animals to send a clear message that pet stores are for pet supplies – we can get our dogs and cats elsewhere. Continue reading

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Hanging Out at Blogpaws

Up For Pups! launched its first performance this week at the BlogPaws conference in Denver, CO. Despite some technical difficulties, the feedback we received is that everyone enjoyed the performance and “got” the message about puppy mills and volunteering to reduce the suffering. Continue reading

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More Craigslist Suggestions

Happy Tails Books published the Mill Dog Manifesto as a free ebook to help people learn about rescue and at the very least recognize the signs indicating that a puppy is coming from a mill and not a reputable breeder. To me, ensuring that people understand the dog breeding industry before acquiring a dog is both and animal rights and a consumer protection issue. Continue reading

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Welcome, Happy Tails Books Visitors!

If you came here from the Happy Tails Books newsletter today, thanks for playing my game! (If you didn’t, the game was that if people come here and email me the topic of this blog, I’ll enter them in a … Continue reading

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Puppy Mill Resources

Puppy mills are commercial dog breeding facilities notorious for substandard care. Here are some resources to learn more about them. Continue reading

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Shouldn’t It Be Fun?

Upon more carefully considering what would draw people in, I started thinking about my history as a pet owner, and I realized that I was guilty of the same irresponsible practices for which I’m always admonishing others. As a teen, I bought all sorts of exotic animals at pet shops (an iguana, a chinchilla, etc.) and then when the honeymoon wore off, I dumped them on my mom. How terrible! Not only that I bought animals at a pet shop, animals that shouldn’t be pets to begin with, but then I abandoned them. This is exactly what others have done to the dogs I foster now. How ignorant I was! Continue reading

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Up For Pups! Goals

If I do 25 presentations a year for an average of 100 people per presentation, and 50% of those people tell three people what they have learned, the presentation will have touched 37,500 people in one year! Maybe those people would go on to tell more people, and well… Change will have to follow. Continue reading

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#Dogtalk – Twitter Just Gets Better and Better

Overall, yesterday was very productive. I finished my slide show for the lecture part of my Up For Pups! presentation, and a wonderful musician named Marilyn Milano, who is putting together a CD to raise shelter-dog awareness, offered to compose the music for my aerial presentation. What a great opportunity for us to work together and co-promote our rescue work. Continue reading

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What are They Thinking in Pennsylvania?

Jessie Smith claims wire flooring is more sanitary – so is cleaning every day which is required by law. Jessie Smith claims the mother dogs will only be on the painful wire, locked away inside, for one week prior to giving birth and for the time it takes to wean their puppies – since the dogs in these facilities are there for the sole purpose of breeding, the mother dogs could spend half of the year facing conditions we all thought we abolished by pushing through the new dog laws. Jessie Smith claims she’s worried about puppies being caught outside in bad weather – better to confine the mother to a small cage inside a sweltering barn than ask the farmer to watch that his puppies don’t get caught outside? Continue reading

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