Warning: Rant ahead. Just skip to the nail pics if you don’t want to read it.
I’ve been having a bit of a rough week. The weather has been gorgeous, but a few things are getting me down- being way too busy, my job, planning for the future, and just the general uncertain times that we live in at the moment.
So, I when I had a few minutes to kill before an appointment, I decided I’d do some window shopping at a girly department store where they sell lots of cosmetics and nail goods. A welcome distraction, right?
Not as it turned out. They were having a “Puppy and Kitten Festival” in the basement of the department store- featuring several hundred puppies and kittens, all crammed several into a cage and looking too young to be away from their mothers- but hey, a cute, tiny dog in Japan is more important than a healthy, well-adjusted dog. Of course, all the ladies were squealing and saying how cute the dogs would look in their handbags.
Worst of all, they had lots of daschunds, my absolute favorite dog. They tend to be inbred in Japan because people want a spotted daschund. Spotted or ‘dappled’ daschunds are not found in nature, and are attained by breeding mother, son and grandchildren together repeatedly. The dogs are genetic disasters and tend to have a lot of health problems. But of course, that didn’t matter to the customers- they just want an unusual dog that no one else has.
The whole scene at the department store was absurd- like “Get Your Puppies Directly From The Puppy Mill and Save Big!” That’s what it was like, seriously. Those dogs will be purchased by people who see them as accessories and will dump them as soon as they get too big, need attention or cost money, and then they will move onto another puppy. Repeat. And the Japanese puppy mill will keep churning out ever more unusual, tinier puppies. I don’t even want to begin to think about what happens to the puppies they don’t sell- the puppies cost over $2000 US here, and I’m not sure people will be buying. Land is pretty expensive in Japan, and I don’t think those “breeders” have a nice big farm where they let the unsold adult dogs romp around in forever.
Soo, all that being said, I would like to remind everyone to:
1) Really think it over before you buy a pet (including those Easter chicks and Easter bunnies for the kiddies!): Do you have the time and money for that animal? Does everyone in the house want a pet? Don’t get a dog just to chain it outside. Dogs will need attention every day. Don’t buy an animal on impulse or as a gift unless you are certain the person is able to care for it properly.
2) Don’t shop, adopt! Just walk on by the pet store- don’t buy an animal there. It’s hard, I know, but the dogs in there most likely came from a puppy mill. There are lots of purebreds and great dogs at shelters- check it out. You may save a life! Also, there are tons of specific breed-group rescues on the internet- I know of at least three for daschunds alone. You may have to take a drive to pick out the newest member of your family, but you can give a great dog a wonderful forever home. You will also get a wealth of information about any dog you plan to adopt from the dog’s foster family, who has helped the dogs transition from abuse/neglect into a loving home.
3) And, of course, like Bob Barker of the old Price is Right used to say, Spay and neuter your pets! One dog or cat roaming around can make a lot of unwanted puppies or kittens.
I walked out of the store and will never, ever go back again. I could say a lot more, but because this is a nail blog, I’ll stop here.
***End Rant, Move Onto Nails***
So, I went home with a very heavy heart from all that I saw. I needed some humor in a big way.
I decided a silly manicure would give me a laugh. I’m not ignoring or forgetting about what I saw, and I will take steps to make a change for the better, but I just needed a lift to get me through the day.
Onto the Egyptian hieroglpyh nails! Of course these are tips. I wanted each nail to look like an Egyptian tablet. I painted the base with a nasty sand/peanut butter color I mixed with neon orange, green, brown and white (you do not want to duplicate this base color- it was pretty hideous) . From there, I used a Sharpie marker and my Sally Hansen nail art pen to put hieroglyphic doodles on.
Among the classical Egyptian hieroglyphs like the cane, ankh and eye of Horus, I snuck in some polish-related hieroglyphs. On my index finger is a hand with polished nails, and there is a tiny bottle of nail polish and a nail polish brush on my ring finger on either side of the ankh.
Thanks for reading this post. I realize it’s not about nails directly, and I’d like to thank everyone for taking the time. We are fabulous gals (and guys) and there is nothing fabulous about animal suffering!
For more information on puppy mills/ pet mistreatement and what you can do to stop it:
And for rescuing my favorite kind of dog, the weiner dog (aka daschund):
There are lots of other breed rescues as well for any kind of dog/cat you can imagine and then some!
Thanks again for reading and being wonderful, compassionate and well-manicured folks!