Unfortunately, many dogs like Pixie won’t ever make it out of puppy mills. Countless mother and father dogs are bred until they’re too old, and then they’re killed when no longer deemed useful by their owners. Others fall sick with reproductive diseases or infections, and some die from preventable illnesses due to the poor conditions.
“Dogs like Pixie are our best teachers,” Strader said. “When people go to pet stores to look at puppies, they need to stop and think of how the parent dogs are living. Because that was Pixie.”
Luckily, Pixie will never know that way of life ever again. She’s now looking for the perfect family to call her own — and Strader is so excited for the day.