||About Puppy Mills|
As I sit in my timeless cage
But I know there's something very wrong
My eyes are blind and my feet are splayed
No shelter from the bitter cold
I'm just a dog, I'm not a man
© 2001, 2012, Stephen R. Wood
"A State of Misery" was written and
recorded specifically for the
CD, to help finance the rescue of dogs from
kill shelters and puppymills throughout
the United States.
Because they are raising dogs with nothing but profit in mind, people who run puppymills do not treat their dogs as you or I would. They are housed in cages, often with wire bottoms (to make it easier to clean). This will cause a dog's feet to "break down". Their appearance is sort of smashed and flat looking. The cages are usually stacked one on top of the other, to fit more in to the space available. The waste of the dogs in the upper cages drops into the cages below. This is not only unsanitary, it can cause urine burns - sometimes damaging the eyes of the dogs in the lower cages.
The dogs are not handled except when being moved from place to place, and when their puppies are taken away - barely old enough to leave their mothers. Because of this lack of human interaction, most puppymill dogs are hesitant to allow themselves to be touched. They simply do not trust that they will be gently handled.
The puppies also miss the important lessons in dog behavior their mothers would normally teach them. They can sometimes play too rough for even big dogs to handle. They tend to bite too hard in play, and to be "out of control".
Rescued mill dogs are often found to have health problems stemming from a life of neglect and poor food. They will lose many of their teeth during their first dental cleaning. Some lose all of their teeth and have nothing to keep their tongue in their mouth! Another life threatening side effect of tartar build-up on teeth over a long period, is kidney disease.
Amazing as it seems though, These dogs can be every bit as good a companion as any other, and seem to understand that they have survived Hell on Earth.
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