Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Up for Pups

My latest article for Best Friends is called Flying Through The Air With The Greatest of Ease, and it's about an aerial show to support rescue organizations and raise awareness about puppy mills. The show will be held in Boulder, Colorado in February, and it is the brainchild of Kyla Duffy, president of Up for Pups.

I was really impressed by the innovation and creativity behind this show, as I would venture to guess this is the first time anyone has done an aerial performance in the fight against puppy mills. It's definitely something that will catch people's attention, and I've no doubt those who see the show will not forget it. The whole idea of that kind of performance is completely foreign to me though, as I am lucky if I can walk down the street without tripping over my own feet. Being suspended from the ceiling is not something I can imagine!

I have to admit that I was naive about puppy mills before I started writing for Best Friends. I had no idea of the horrors that go on, and how many dogs are mistreated. I now think back to dogs and puppies I've seen in pet stores, and I feel horribly wondering if they came from this kind of terrible environment. I think it's wonderful that so much has already been done to raise awareness, but I've no doubt there is still a great deal of work to be done. 

I'm very glad to have the chance to support the efforts of Up for Pups and Best Friends, and encourage everyone to check them out and learn more about their work!


  1. :( I can't even read or watch news stories about puppy mills. I know that knowledge is power but sometimes the information is too much for me to handle. I wish puppy mills would go away...

  2. I completely agree, DNQ! Any kind of cruelty or suffering in animals makes me cry. I can't even watch the ASPCA commercials. Obviously it's a very worthwhile, wonderful organization, but seeing the poor babies, even though I know they are being helped, tears me up... it's too much for me.

    Thanks so much for the info., Julie. I'm learning so much about great efforts for animals through your blog and articles!

  3. I totally agree with both of you. I can't handle watching or reading anything with animals suffering. Even though it's good to be aware, sometimes it is much easier not knowing!


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