first let me state that i am for both rescue and buying purebreds. i have had many rescue animals from dogs, & cats to guinea pigs and fish. i also own a purebred puppy i bought from a breeder. i would just like the next person that thinks about breeding their pet to watch a hbo documentary called shelter dogs. just listen to the shelter workers and how very emotional it is taking care of other peoples unwanted pets and the struggle they go thru when euthanasia is the only option. i am a bona fide vet tech and the clinic i work for has a backyard breeder for a client. we, in the past 2 months, have put three of the golden puppies she sold to sleep. there problems ranged from being deaf, blind , heart disease and one had a bizarre growth condition where its organs were growing much faster than the rest of his body and he was in chronic pain. the families of these puppies were so distraught. the so called breeder came in again just few weeks ago and asked us where she could find a labradoodle to breed because she could get 1500.00 bucks for those puppies. pure labradors come to us that don't resemble a lab at all. my neighbor up the street wants to breed her lab that she got from the neighbor acroos the street when her dog had puppies by the woman's brothers dog. she thinks it would be great to show her kids the miracle of birth. i wish i could take her kids on a field trip thru a kill shelter and show them all the miracles of birth that sit behind those bars not understanding why they are there and not knowing what awaits them. please watch sue sternbergs shelter dogs. please don't be naive and think you will find wonderful permanent homes for all your pups. i used to be an animal control officer. i gave it up because i could not handle the euthanasia of healthy animals that deserved so much better. by the way my purebred pup is spayed.
scout 1 I AGREE WITH YOU 100% BUT I AM AFRAID THAT THE GENERAL PUBLIC WOULD NOT KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A REPUTABLE bREEDER AND A BACK YARD BREEDER. ESPECIALLY fIRST TIME PET OWNERS. THIS IS A GREAT FORUM TO EDUCATE PEOPLE ABOUT THESE GRAY AREAS. SINCE YOU ARE A CERTIFIED VET TECH YOU POSSIBLY COULD OFFER SOME SUGGESTIONS TO YOUR LOCAL SCHOOLS REGARDING FIELD TRIPS TO LOCAL SHELTERS ALONG WITH SOME COMMON SENCE DISCUSSIONS REGARDING PROPER CARE AND RESPONSIBILIES THAT COME WITH OWNING OUR PETS. I THINK OUR ONLY HOPE FOR THE FUTURE PETS IN OUR SOCIETY IS THOUGH EDUCATING THE CHILDREN. THE PROOF OF THIS IS RIGHT HERE IN THIS DISCUSSION BOARD. SOME OF THESE PEOPLE ARE RIGHT OUT OF DELIVERANCE. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!
I watched shelter dogs ,it brought tears to my eyes.The animal population is huge ,and not enough humans to mtake care of them. Last night I was watching Animal Cops Miami. One segment was so disturbing ,all are ,but this one really bothered me. This woman (cruel woman),took this poor Wheaton Terrier and dropped it off on a street corner because she didn't want it any more.Some kids called in stating that this woman was trying to stuff a dog in the trunk of her car.The animal cops came ,and she had to show them where she dropped off the dog.The dog was still sitting there waiting for her to come back. When she drove up,the dog ran to her,she ran away from the poor dog.The dog did find a loving home though.Not enough of these animals have happy endings though.
IF ONLY PEOPLE OUT THERE ACTUALLY KNEW..IT MAKES ME FEEL LIKE PUTING PEOPLE IN THE SHOES OF THE DOG AT THE SHELTERS..THEN SHOW YOUR *%$#@ KIDS THE MIRACLE OF BIRTH OR MAKE YOUR MONEY FROM ANOTHER LIVING CREATURES LIFE..THINK YOU IDIOTS YOU ARE NOT PROFESSINAL BREEDERS. IT MAKES ME SICK!