The Doggie in the Window

explanatory Essay
1275 words
1275 words

The Doggie in the Window

It’s Saturday afternoon, and you are walking down main street doing a little window shopping, when you come across a pet store. As you peer into the window, you see a cute and cuddly puppy just sitting there staring at you, pleading with you to buy him. So you think, “Why not, we could use a new member of the family, and this would be a great surprise.” Buzzzzz! Wrong Answer! The problem with pet stores, is that most of them get their puppies from puppy mills. Puppy mills are commercial mass-breeding facilities, located mainly in the Midwest, that churn out litters of puppies to sell to pet stores. The cute puppy that you see sitting in the window, is probably another product of a puppy mill. Puppy mills are notorious for their cramped, crude, and filthy conditions and their continuous breeding of unhealthy and hard-to-socialize animals. It is a known fact that pet stores keep puppy mills in business.

The vast majority of dogs sold in pet stores, up to half a million a year, are raised in puppy mills. Puppy mill kennels usually consist of small wood and wire-mesh cages, or even empty crates or trailer cabs. “All dogs are kept outdoors, and the females dogs are bred continuously, with no rest between heat cycles. The mothers and their litters often suffer from malnutrition, exposure, and lack of adequate veterinary care. The continuous breeding takes its toll on the females; they are killed at about age six or seven when their bodies give out, and they no longer can produce enough litters” (Ahrens 1). The caretakers of the dogs have no feeling or compassion towards the dogs at all. They are just a business to them, and could care less about their suffering.

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...ave a particular breed, you may be surprised to find that 25 percent of shelter dogs are purebred. Only when people refuse to support pet shops, puppy mills, and breeders, will this chain of misery be broken. Next time you stop to look at that doggie in the window, think of all the painful and horrible things, it has been through, and do something positive to end the atrocities of puppy mills.

Works Cited

1 Ahrens, Tracy. “Plague of Puppy Mills Hamper Pet Industry and Dampens Consumer Trust."

Daily Journal. Nov. 3, 1993.

2 Pennington, Gail. “Dateline NBC Takes a Look at Animal Abuse in Puppy Mills”.

St. Louis Post. St. Louis, Mo. Apr 26, 2000.

3 “Pet Store Scandal”. PETA Investigative Report. Pg. 1-2 <> October


4 “Pet Stores and Puppy Mills”. PETA. Pg. 1 <>

October 20, 2000

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that when puppies are shipped across the country to pet stores, they suffer from ear infections, bronchial illness, and serious congenital health problems.
  • Explains that dateline nbc visited many pet stores and heard from them many times that their puppies weren't from puppy mills.
  • Urges the public to stop buying from puppy mills, and report signs of abuse in pet stores. if you have the time, resources and love necessary to care for a dog properly, adopt one from shelter or pound.
  • Explains that most pet stores get their puppies from puppy mills, which are notorious for their cramped, crude, and filthy conditions.
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