Back in March, I wrote an entry titled "When You Realize What You Don’t Know." It took five days to find the words for that post. It was worth it though, because the response was AMAZING. It turned into a great conversation which lasted two or three days.
And then, that was it.
For the past couple months, I’ve had a draft titled "What We Learned" sitting in WordPress while I attempted to devise a brilliant summary of what was gained from that original conversation. I have come to the conclusion that there is no brilliant summary. It was a great conversation and I think a number of us learned a few things, but I can’t say it changed anything. 🙁
I’m still trying to figure out what I can do to make a difference. A real difference. Educating consumers about where their pets come from seems like the most important step to me. It’s all about supply and demand really; if people didn’t buy from pet stores, puppy mills would go out of business and there would be a lot fewer animals in shelters. Then there is spay/neuter education and, finally, the cons of backyard breeding.
Someone I know recently suggested writing a book and I’ve been thinking over whether there would be a market for it. Could it make a difference? The real question, I guess, is could it reach the people that really need to be reached???