Dogs are hardwired to act. Not having the constant yips and yaps of worry hanging over our fur noggins, we leap in the face of challenges. Where there is a rainy day, we unearth pawsitivity with carefree rolls and dives in the mud. Sensing a human lip curling to a frown, us dogs know exactly where to rest our heads to make the sadness vanish. The dog world revolves around a great big tennis ball made of joy… for the most part.
We may be man’s best friend, but not every human is ours. We wish this weren’t the case, since some of our fondest moments are spent on comfy mattresses, in food stuffed cabinets, by our furless pals’ sides… But there are these unfortunate things called abandonment, abuse, and neglect, realities that grievously arise from human sadness, selfishness, and anger: emotions we oftentimes don’t have the ability to extinguish. And so countless dogs find themselves behind the sometimes hopeless, sometimes hopeful, walls of shelters. It is only the helpful, loving, human that holds the two escape keys canines covet: one to set them free and one that leads to happiness.
The company I am dogbassador for, Barkley & Wagz, has set out to further the rescue movement with its “Shop Less, Adopt More” campaign. This phrase can be found on various items, from totes and tees to coffee cups, and will hopefully catch the eyes of many who have not yet considered adoption. But in the process of promoting this fight, I have noticed something encouraging. There are a lot of adopted dogs out there, and they appear to have found the great big tennis ball of happiness. Hopefully seeing their cheerful faces above have convinced you, if you have not been convinced already, to shop less and adopt more.