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    Sayville a Place of Acceptance and Tolerance
    April 20, 2015 7:57 am  
    Sayville a Place of Acceptance and Tolerance

    Letter to the Editor:

    It saddens me to see the negative atmosphere the protests against Little Wonders Puppy Emporium have created in Sayville, the town I love. I credit my hometown for the past 41 years as a place of acceptance and tolerance of different views and lifestyles, where there are people who will care about others and take the time to get to know each other and support them. What I have witnessed is far from that during these protests. I see people who have no information about the people trying to open the pet shop in Sayville. They have even accused them of being someone else and have not realized what damage they have done to them. They claim to represent Sayville, yet most of them do not even live here. Yes, I do passionately believe in animal rights, but I also believe in human rights and what they are doing to these people is cruel and inhumane.

    The new owners have no intention of getting puppies from “puppy mills” (see their letter below), plus it is against the law to do so. They have rescued dogs of their own and even want to “reach out to local shelters to help place dogs in loving homes”. Please take the time to read this letter they wrote to the Sayville community. My husband and I went to the store and spoke with Frank. He and his wife are disheartened and devastated by the protests.

    We know about bullying and that is what the protesters are doing along with making false accusations. It is unconscionable that they are accusing these people of things they have not done and do not plan to do. The owners have also been through a tremendous personal loss of their own as well. Their rescued dog helped them through the loss of their son at the World Trade Center on 9/11. How fitting it is that they have chosen Sayville with our own memorial park dedicated to that tragic day. Take the time to talk to them, get to know them and support them. I welcome them with an open heart and mind.

    Very truly yours,

    Judy Abrams


    August 2014 Letter to Sayville.com reprinted with their permission:

    I am 64 years old and my husband is 65, we have been happily married for 43 years. Together we have raised three beautiful children in West Islip in a very loving home along with 6 dogs and 3 cats, 4 Salamanders, 2 Turtles and a Gold Fish. My husband and I have been so excited about being a part of the Sayville Community and we are truly looking forward to bringing something positive to the town.

    Little Wonders refers in particular to 2 of our dogs that we have loved and mourned who in our hearts were always “Little Wonders.” We had a puppy named Klecko, a Dalmatian who lived to be 14 years old but died of kidney failure due to tainted dog food. We thought at the time we were feeding him the best food available.  Although Klecko was not a therapy dog, I never would have survived the aftermath of 9/11 without him. He never left my side and he was the only reason I got out of bed and got up and kept going. He was my first “Little Wonder.”

    After Klecko passed away, I felt lost until I stumbled upon a photo online of a 5 month old Doberman puppy. The puppy was in Mississippi with a chain around his neck that was heavier than he was. I knew then I had to save that puppy no matter what I had to do. After I rescued him, it was clear that he had been used as a “bait” dog. He had scars all over his head and face and ears and he had 3 toes on one paw because his little paw had been wired to a stake for so long that one toe could not grow. We named him “Rudy” because he never gave up. I believe in my heart that he never gave up because he knew there was someone out there that was coming for him;  she just hadn’t found him yet. Rudy was the most loving of dogs. A “Little Wonder,” even after all that he suffered. He loved every person he met and he was a gentle, trustworthy dog and loved our grandchildren.

    That is how we came to name our store. The name was picked with love and gratitude in remembrance of two very special puppies that we had the privilege to call our own.

    Little Wonders Puppy Emporium is a boutique specializing in all things puppy.  We will carry puppy clothes, puppy collars, puppy beds, puppy accessories and most importantly holistic & organic dog foods. Little Wonders will only sell dog foods made in the US including Hypo-Allergenic Dog foods. Every type of food we sell will include an explanation as to why it’s good in the hope of educating the public on the benefits of feeding quality dog foods to their pets.

    There will also be a Barkery for yummy treats for dogs and puppies, all made in the US.
    We are very excited about our Organic Dog Grooming Spa where we will only use and sell organic and hypo-allergenic products.
    Little Wonders will offer a select few of individually researched and carefully chosen Toy Breed Puppies; exceptional puppies from licensed breeders that have no violations. The puppies will be housed in innovative habitats, manufactured from the highest quality materials, to create healthy, warm and quiet environments.

    Little Wonders will reach out to local shelters to help place dogs in loving homes in whatever capacity we can, from showcasing a few small dogs or puppies in our store, to creating or participating in Fundraising. We have many ideas that we believe our unique type of store can accomplish in this regard.

    You can reach us at littlewonderspuppyemporium@gmail.com or visit our Facebook page.

    We look forward to working with the community.
    Sharon & Frank DiStefano
    Little Wonders Puppy Emporium



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