Adopt Don’t Shop even if you end up with a Ding Dong

I could give you twenty reasons why you should adopt don’t shop. Fifteen of those reasons revolve around this ding dong who was adopted from the Big Bear Animal Shelter on her last day.

Yesterday this mutt jumped on my friends couch and tried to harass her cat with kisses. Than she jumped up and gave me a French kiss which made me want to wash out my mouth with soap because I know where her filthy lips have been recently. Two days ago she jumped on the BBQ mountain goat style and ripped our sixty dollar BBQ cover. She seriously insists on sleeping on top of the BBQ like a cougar surveying her kingdom. Maybe she has spent to much time with our house cats?

Adopt don’t shop; Even if you end up with an asshole

Two years ago I took her on her first camping trip. Yes, it was a girls trip, just Carly and I having girl time in the eastern sierra mountains. By girl time I don’t mean pedicures and spa visits (Okay, yes, I did visit the spa at the Double Eagle which is my favorite creek side day spa on the planet) but I mean fishing in pristine mountain lakes for rainbow trout and hiking twenty miles of high sierras trails every day. Yes, I said hiking twenty miles a day and yet still, this naughty pup jumped on the picnic table every second that I turned my back every night while preparing dinner and stole food. Not only that she got into the trash every second she could manage, refused to eat her dog food for four days and than somehow broke into the glove compartment of my car while I was in Von’s for three minutes and ate forty dollars worth of habanero beef jerky I bought for my boyfriend.

Than the next day she ran two miles in the opposite direction because she is apparently afraid of mules. Which was an awesome discovery. This was on the top of a mountain pass by the way and one would think by the time we spent six miles summiting a pass she would be to tired to run away from a horse like creature, but no, suddenly she was energized. At least by the time we got back she was slightly worn out, she didn’t even try to chew up her indestructible dog beds but she did steal some more snacks. Lucky for us she also ate her Raw Pet Food and seemed to enjoy it, at least that’s something. Overall, I think the day was a success.
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What I’m trying to say is she is a major pain in my ass.

Carly may be a total ding dong but I would still never buy a purebred dog or breed a dog or cat because of so many reasons. Adopt don’t shop is just a way of life that I was raised into.

Our Animal Shelters are Over Flowing with Cats and Dogs Who Will Be Put to Sleep Today.

When my boyfriend adopted our dogs he went to the shelter and said, “I want the two who will be put to sleep today.” He had no idea what he was getting into, he also hadn’t yet read this Pupster Passion dog lovers blog for the extra info we could’ve used at the time, like how to potty train your new pup and other important details, but at least we know now. Carly may be a garbage eating monster some days but she is also the perfect trail dog who can hike twenty miles a day when she is not being terrified of PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) hikers or pack mules. Our other dog may be an angry bitch but she is a great guard dog. Adopt don’t shop means you may not always get the mild mannered dog you are looking for but you may get a great guard dog out of it.

Our house cats are rescues from the shelter also and they are a couple of sweethearts.

Spay and Neuter Your Pets

I honestly don’t get how people do not get how simple this one little step is.

This is very crucial to keeping the domestic dog and cat population not out of control in this country. I know, I know, puppies and kittens are so cute but so many thousands are being put to sleep in shelters across the U.S. every day. Getting your animals spayed or neutered is so crucial. offers a coupon from their website to help out with spay and neuter costs.

Adopt Don’t Shop is Part of a Sustainable Lifestyle

Living a sustainable lifestyle doesn’t just apply to your clothing, your garden and recycling every piece of plastic you can find. Up-cycling can also apply to the pets you bring into your home.

Recently a friend was talking about how badly she wanted a pure bred golden retriever puppy and I gave her some excellent advice. “Before you look into paying top dollar for a puppy mill puppy, go to your local animal shelter and just look at every cute cat and dog who will be put to sleep this week” I know, harse words but the truth.

Adopting a Shelter Animal is a Great Way to Teach Kids Valuable Life Lessons

We just returned from a trip abroad were we spent a month in the crazy concrete jungle of Bangalore, India. While in Bangalore I was shocked at the masses of wild mongrel dogs and stray cats that roamed and lived among the meandering cows and trash that lined the broken sidewalks. This is just a way of life in India. Can you imagine if our stray animal situation was that bad here in the United States?

Adopting a shelter animal is a great way to teach kids at a young age to adopt don’t shop and how important it is to learn to live sustainability.

Please think twice before bringing a puppy mill puppy or breeding your pets just for the hell of it. So many animals are overflowing out of our animal shelters everyday. If you are really tempted to do any of these things you really should just take a walk around a shelter and see all the sad animals in need of homes.


  1. Katy SkipTheBag

    I love our two adopted pups and adopted cat! We got both Callie our cat and Lexy our dog from shelters and they were adults, but we’ve had Callie nearly 10 years and Lexy 2 plus. Maggie, was a “gift” from our neighbor who was going to give her up. I can’t imagine buying animals from a breeder. There are too many great animals to love.

  2. Leah

    HA! Adopt don’t shop; even if you end up with an asshole. Love it! I got my kitty from the pound. We went there for her (we saw her pic on the net and fell in love) but didn’t want to “settle” with her if she wasn’t the right fit. So we went to the pound and she was in a cage with a bunch of other kittens. She was the only kitty that raced up to the front of the cage to greet us. It was love at first sight for both of us. We could not have asked for a better cat.
    But sadly we did buy our dog from a pet store. They assured us that they do not get their dogs from puppy farms.. I really hope that was the case. I spent 6 months going through the pounds trying to find a dog that fit in with our family. But I have 2 very small children and needed a dog I could trust around them. Yes, I could have, should have waited until I found something suitable at the pound. But we found the perfect dog who fits in perfectly with our family at a pet store. I don’t tell most people that she is from the store as I am actually ashamed that I bought her from there… 🙁 Thanks for sharing with #wastelesswednesday

  3. Rosie (@greenrosielife)

    Lady, Poppy, Saari, Harry – all my dogs have been adopted. Currently we only have Saari and we are on the look out (in local refuges of course) for a new dog to keep her company she gets older. She is 10 this week and I have posted a whole blog of her pictures to celebrate! #wastelesswednesday

    I also run a green linky called Going Green and would love it if you’d pop over an dhave a look and maybe even link up. The June one is currently open.

  4. Jamie Oliver

    While I agree with your general premise, I think you have to acknowledge a couple weaknesses. This post is really about pet-only dogs. If you’re looking for a specific working dog, you need a knowledgeable and responsible breeder and well-documented bloodlines. (But certainly not a pet store or puppy mill!) I also think the advice that EVERYONE should just go to the shelter and take their chances on a cute face can be problematic for inexperienced dog owners with children. There are just too many dogs in the shelter that are there for problems that an experienced owner can handle/overcome but an amateur can not and children should not be irresponsibly exposed to. Dog’s don’t behave “normally” in the shelter environment and it can be hard for an inexperienced person to realistically evaluate a dog. An experienced rescue group with dogs that are evaluated outside of a shelter-setting is often a better recommendation to first-time owners with children. But we also rescue most of our pets–and spay/neuter ALL our dogs and cats–even the purebred ones.

  5. Marla

    I think adopting an animal from an animal shelter is a wonderful idea and I loved your post. it was funny. Animals can bring a lot of joy to your life. Congratulations on being featured on #GoingGreen Linky blog hop.

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