When I first saw her, she was sitting in front of the transparent partition of her cage. She was stoic and unmoved by the crowds of people ogling all of the adorable puppies and kittens on display at PetWorld, back on this typically sunny afternoon in 2003 — a time when pet stores could outright sell pure-breeds.

It was during my lunch break that I happened to walk into a pet store at the Northridge mall. When I saw the storefront, I remembered I had watched the Westminster Dog Show on Animal Planet the night before and how I was…

Yesenia Hernandez

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