Editor’s Note: When originally posted, this article was attributed in error to Roger Bloom. The author is Jack Wu. We apologize to our readers and to Jack for the error.
I’ve grown up with dogs all my life, with my first dog being a Japanese Spaniel that my grandmother bred and showed. No Puppy Mill there, although her eyes were a bit wonky.
While at the University of Hawaii, I adopted a mutt who was abandoned over on the rocks by Kaena Point. No Puppy Mill there.
Then my horrible greedy nature started when I bought my beloved Beagle from Petland in Huntington Beach. She lived until almost her 14th birthday, passing away the week between Christmas and New Years in 2009. I still miss her…
A year after getting Snoopy, my ex and I drove across Orange County to another Petland to buy a Basset Hound. Chloe lived 12 years, spending eight of those years with her own name badge as a Therapy Dog over at CHOC.
Snoopy and Chloe came from a place accused of buying from Puppy Mills. And we loved them, and they loved us.
So I supposed with all my meat eating (seen my gut lately?), my leather shoe wearing, and my puppy mill buying, I probably couldn’t care less about the protesters out at I Heart Puppies in CdM.
But not only do I not care less, my fiancée and I spent THOUSANDS and THOUSANDS of dollars this past Saturday (the day before the “Protest”) to buy the newest member of our family, SPECIFICALLY going to I Heart Puppies to buy a French Bulldog named Stitch. But more on that later…
As of June 2011, the unemployment rate in California is 11.8%. In the US of A,, 9.1%. This means that finding a job in California is more difficult than finding a job in the rest of the Country, overall.
So we have three lovely ladies take their hard-earned dollars to sign a lease in pricey Corona del Mar, invest thousands and thousands into all these fixtures and computers, apply and pay for the City’s permits, and join the local CdM Chamber of Commerce, all with the intention of selling cute little puppies to the public. Just as the Free Market Society goes, if there is a demand, then the store will stay open. If no one wants little cute puppies, then the store will close.
The last thing these three ladies need are anything else out there to keep them from earning a living, I mean, Big Government already has its hands so deep in the small business owner’s pockets that staying open is hard enough. During these tough economic times, they should be PRAISED for taking the risk of starting a business.
So enter the Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS), which exists solely because of donations from other people who actually WORK for a living. They go around and, “actively addresses the abuse and suffering of pet shop and puppy mill dogs through investigations, education, media relations, legislative involvement, puppy mill dog rescues, consumer assistance and pet industry employee relations.”
That’s great, right? Puppy mill dogs are bad, right?
Yes they are, but does that mean that Snoopy and Chloe should have been shot on sight just because they were purchased from Petland instead of a reputable breeder? Should Snoopy be punished just for being born with a small head and a big body? I’ve known plenty of other dogs from shelters and “approved” local breeders that had FAR more health problems than my two Petland dogs ever did.
And does that mean a hundred and a half people should go and protest a small business just because they supposedly bought ONE dog from an accused Puppy Mill?
The folks at I Heart Puppies told me that in the month they’ve been open, they’ve sold more than 20 puppies. The day my fiancée bought Stitch, they had justsold another puppy a few moments earlier. It appears as though the Free Market has spoken.
The only enemy they should need to deal with now is the Government, not “Nonprofit” groups who professionally beg to keep their doors open.
But with all that said, I want to thank the Companion Animal Protection Society for HELPING my fiancée buy a puppy from I Heart Puppies. The irony in what they’ve done is that they’ve given this brand new store the publicity and advertising that MONEY CANNOT BUY, advertising that they probably could never have afforded on their own.
You see, had CAPS not put I Heart Puppies in the press on a weekly basis, we would not have known about this pet store.
And just as repetitive marketing helps ingrain the name of a store into one’s psyche, CAPS’s repeated shenanigans with this fledgling small business helped ingrain I Heart Puppies into my psyche, enough that when we were spending a lazy Saturday afternoon window shopping, we specifically drove into Corona del Mar to see what all the fuss was about…
…and we left with the newest member of our family.
Thanks to CAPS for bringing us Stitch, the French Bulldog.
And Stitch thanks you, too!