Holli was on the euthanasia list at the shelter. She was just days away from going on "the truck." But she was lucky, she came home with us to wait for her forever home.
She's lucky she doesn't know she has to leave here eventually, because she seems quite content with her big yard, three playmates, and plenty of toys and bones.
And she's lucky she doesn't know about all the "breeders" who continue to produce puppies for no good reason. This, in a world where there are far more dogs than homes already. Where millions of dogs exist in shelters, and foster homes or worse yet, on euthanasia lists. And yet they feel the need to purposefully bring more puppies into the world.
And she's luckier still she doesn't know about all the families out there buying those puppies. People who want a younger puppy, one with "papers" or fancy pedigree or one that comes from a certain kennel or has a certain dog in it's heritage. People who don't think she's good enough, or frown upon a dog from a shelter because there must be something wrong with her.
Lucky for her we don't think any of those people are good enough. She can stay here with us until the perfect family comes along, the one who thinks she's the greatest dog in the world. The ones who can't believe how lucky they are to get to adopt her.
Meanwhile all those fancy, pedigreed puppies are getting to be less cute and more trouble. Some of them are ending up in the very same shelters dogs like Holli come from because their "breeders" didn't care enough to make sure they went to good homes and were taken care of and well-loved. They just wanted to collect their check.
So now, the little stray dog that nobody wanted really is the lucky one. Too bad they won't all be so lucky.
CSA Week 15
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