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Lay of the Land: A young pup to be proud of versus the puppy breeders

Fiona O'Connell


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Not all puppies end up in happy homes

Not all puppies end up in happy homes

Not all puppies end up in happy homes

A picture can tell a thousand words, though young artists often use both, as was evident in an eye-catching poster on the noticeboard in this country town’s community centre last autumn. “Stop buying puppies from puppy farms” was boldly written within a slightly imperfect circle, followed by four exclamation marks, with a giant red “X” through it. “You should save the dog mums: think how lonely you would be if someone took your kid and sold him or her and put you in a cage,” added Amelia Coleman, her drawing of a little tan and black dog in a cage with a giant padlock on it driving home the predicament.

For like all true artists, Amelia had proudly owned her masterpiece, her name written above the circle after an initial attempt by the dog cage had to be scribbled out when she realised it wasn’t going to fit.


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