Keeping up with the trendiest items can be an expensive and sometimes dangerous business. From cars to clothing, vacations to restaurants, why do we need to own what is deemed “in” or trendy? This trend has become particularly evident in the recent popularity of designer mixed dogs, particularly “anything doodle”. Not only is this a tremendously expensive endeavor, but it also ignores the actual cost of these puppy mills puppies, where animals are born from parents enslaved in wire cages and subjected to overlooked legal animal abuse by the USDA. In this blog post, we will explore the psychology behind keeping up with what is ‘in’ and consider the implications of this phenomenon on our mental health and those of animals around us.
The Psychology Behind Keeping Up With What’s ‘In’
The psychological impact of keeping up with what is “in” goes beyond just spending too much money; it can have severe mental health impacts as well. For example, research has found that people who consistently try to keep up with trends are likelier to suffer from anxiety and depression than those who don’t. This is because trying to keep up with trends requires comparing ourselves to others and striving for perfectionism — two behaviors that can significantly contribute to feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem. In addition, those who try to stay on top of trends often feel like they must constantly work hard to maintain their status quo — something that can lead to burnout over time.
The Impact on Animals
However, the most severe consequence of attempting to keep up with trends is its impact on animals — particularly regarding mixed designer dogs. Puppy mills employ cruel practices such as overcrowding cages with little-to-no exercise or enrichment opportunities for the dogs living there; these animals often suffer from many health issues due to their lack of proper care. In addition, many puppy mills use false advertising tactics such as showing pictures of healthy puppies when advertising their services online — something which further contributes towards consumer confusion about the origin of their puppies and perpetuates unethical breeding practices. By encouraging consumers not only not to buy mixed designer dogs but also to educate themselves about animal welfare issues before purchasing any pet at all, we can help reduce demand for puppy mill puppies and put an end to this cruel industry once and for all.
Keeping up with what’s “in” isn’t always a bad thing — after all, partaking in trends can be a great way to express yourself and your style! However, we must take a step back now and then and take into account both the mental health consequences associated with trying too hard as well as potential animal welfare implications when considering buying specific doodle-designer pets. Taking these extra steps will ensure that our decisions not only benefit us personally but also make sure we don’t contribute towards perpetuating unethical practices against animals either directly or indirectly — something which we should all strive towards achieving regardless!
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