“We weren’t planning on buying another dog for a myriad of reasons.
We already had a dog, we were living in a temporary space and we don’t support puppy mills. Also, we hadn’t been together long.
We knew nothing about Winston’s breed (Shiba Inu) but the moment I made eye contact with him it was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before. I can’t find the words to describe the feelings, except that I felt like I’d met a soulmate.
Getting Winston from a pet store also shifted my point of view about dog buying.
Prior to Winston, I had been staunchly anti-buying from a pet shop, but I realized that once a dog leaves a puppy mill it still needs a home.
It’s a big decision.
Also, Winston was dying of pneumonia when we got him. The vet said he was 2 days away from death.
I still recommend adopting before shopping, but I learned a lot about puppy mills, pet stores and when you meet a dog that is meant to be yours, it doesn’t matter where it comes from.”