It was May 2010 when this dog, Named Texas, would change my way of thinking.
Growing up a Dog Lover
I grew up being a dog lover. I had my first dog, Snoopy, at the age of 5.
But it wasn’t my first thought to ask “is he/she fixed”.
Puppies just came and went. Sure, I knew where they came from.. and how expensive they were to raise. It simply wasn’t a question that I asked, though.
Even after getting my first dog as an adult, I didn’t think about the idea of having him fixed. He was a boy dog. I didn’t have to worry about him having puppies.
Then Came Texas
May of 2010, a call came to me at work. They were asking to place an advertisement for free Chocolate lab puppies. My sons were at that time looking for a new fur companion, so I called the number and found myself some days later driving up way deep into the depths of an unpaved road in the mountains.. what we call “a hollar”.
I looked at a small fenced in area filled with not 2 or 3 babies, but 5 babies and their mom. The mom looked weary and malnourished.
I left that day with three chocolate labs bounding around in the back of my jeep. And a heart so heavy from what I saw, I choked down tears even in the midst of puppy kisses.
At home that night, I began to research about the health benefits of spaying and neutering, as well as the over abundance of dogs and cats in our shelters due to the lack of smart pet management. Of the estimated 6 to 8 MILLION pets that enter American animal shelters each year, 1/2 are euthanized (source: dogid ) .
Don’t get me wrong. I love puppies and kittens. I could look at pictures of them all the day long. But one litter is probably enough, if you really want to take on that responsibility.
Love your furry babies, and get them spayed/neutered.