I do understand what you are saying but I don't think that we made a mistake in rescuing Carlos. He is wonderful. Happy. Playful. Loving. Affectionate. And he needed us as much as we need him. If I could do it all over again I would in a heartbeat.
What I want to do now is become more active in educating people and trying to get Mills stopped. We have a great new dog who had a bad start but I don't regret rescuing him. I am grateful that his previous family took the time to weed through all the people wanting him and that they thought we were a good fit.
Havanese are such a desirable breed I imagine they populate so many mills. That hurts my heart because they deserve a better life. Carlos has so much love to give, even if he won't even let me pee by myself!!!!
I am intent on working to help stop Mills.
You and Carlos are clearly meant for each other. No question about that. :hugs:
But the ONLY way to stop mills, is to get people to stop buying puppy mill dogs. Period. If there is no money in it, they will move on to other businesses. Unfortunately, currently, puppy mills are a lucrative business in the U.S. Eventually, humane groups can sometimes shut down the absolute WORST mills. But all the rest are operating within the letter of the law. In this country, especially in the states that already allow and encourage mill breeding of dogs, like Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania and a number of the deep south states it is highly unlikely that you can get laws passed that will out and out stop the mill breeding of dogs. They are covered by agricultural laws, and as long as they meet stock animal levels of care, that's good enough in the eyes of the law.
The difference is that animals meant for slaughter never were meant to be house pets. They weren't bred for that temperament and type of mind. As long as they are with their own kind, fed and housed adequately, they are quite content. The less contact most have with humans, the better they like it. Their lives, in general are not long either... Grow them to market size, and off to slaughter they go... hopefully in a somewhat humane manner. (we need to speak with our wallets there, too, BTW)
Dogs are constitutionally designed to be companions to human beings. They are not designed to live with minimal human interaction. And breeding dogs in puppy mills can have a LOT of puppies over quite a number of years. During which time, the parents just stay in their cages, churning out babies. Only when their production drops or they have trouble with a pregnancy do they get (in the best cases) dumped on shelters, and in many cases, just shot and thrown on a pile in the back of the property. And as far as the puppies are concerned, they are sold too young, (mostly the boys, as the girls are often put right into the breeding program) and have had no significant socialization or enrichment as young puppies. They live in wire cages with their parents and siblings until ready for sale, peeing and pooping where ever they happen to be when the urge hits.
These puppies CAN make good pets, as you've found with your lucky little guy. But they can also be difficult to socialize, MANY of them are sick upon delivery, and many, many of the mill bred toy breed puppies are almost impossible to house train, because they have never known (therefore do not value) clean surroundings. So they have no compunctions whatsoever about soiling their crates.
So, I am SOOOO happy that you and Carlos have found each other. It sounds like a match made in heaven. But the BEST way to combat puppy mills is to learn from your experience, and avoid mill dogs unless adopted from reputable shelters. And teach that same lesson to others. Point out how lucky you were, and how doing the same thing might also lead to very different results, AND that although it saves that one little dog, continues the problem of that dog's parents (and all the other dogs like them) being in a perpetual state of pregnancy for many, many years, only to be destroyed without ever knowing a loving family. THAT is what we all would like to see stopped.