Puppy mills make me ill. Many of these dog breeding facilities have been found to house animals as cheaply as possible - in cruel and horrible conditions - to make the most money. I can literally feel the disgust in the pit of my stomach. I will never understand how people can be so cruel to another living being.
Dozens of beagle puppies are recovering in Arizona, today, saved from a Missouri puppy mill where officials say they would have been shot or drowned if they hadn’t been rescued. The animals were reportedly kept in wire cages at the Missouri breeder, and arrived with a host of problems including damaged ears, bloody nails and paws in pain. Several dogs also required surgeries.
When I read stories like this, I rejoice that the animals are safe but the thought of what they went through makes me angry and sick.
My parents have a beagle. Bailey is one of the most loyal dogs I’ve ever known. He was a rescue dog, adopted by my family when he was eight months old because his original family couldn’t take care of him. I can only hope he didn’t begin life in a puppy mill.
What a frightening ordeal. Fifteen hours in shark-infested waters – some of that time in the far too dark night – treading water, hoping for someone to save this father and son. Rescuers call their survival in the Atlantic a miracle.
In one short decade, GoogleGoogle has managed to become an integral part of my daily life, and I know I am not alone. From two guys, four computers and a $100,000 investment to 20,000 employees, a market value of $150 billion (I can’t even fathom that amount of money!), and an almost incomprehensible influence on everything we do. Today, it helped me find a NY State vehicle inspection station (much more difficult than it needs to be, by the way), gave me directions to my son’s dental appointment and helped me find a news item I first read about over the weekend.
Of course, even the site with the swanky, ever-changing logo isn’t all bubble gum and lollipops. Not everyone is singing the praises of their rise.
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