from my state – literally and figuratively – and other places. i'm not in florida any more, but i haven't given up the sunshine.


canine factory

there are some things i like not knowing. there are so many disturbing acts in the world that, as much as i dislike apathy, i know i have this determined ignorance about certain issues. so here’s the latest bubble buster– people really think it’s okay to manufacture dogs?

unless otherwise specified, dogs sold at a pet store probably come from a commercial breeding facility. puppy mills overuse (abuse) breeders canines and “house dogs in overcrowded and often unsanitary conditions, without adequate veterinary care, food, water and socialization.” and often, customers go home with a very sick pet.

there are plenty of puppies without a home available at places like the humane society… and if you have you’re mind set on a pure-bred pup, there are responsible breeders.


Blogger Estelle said...

And keep in mind that you are not going to find a responsible breeder in the paper. You are not going to find a responsible breeder that gives a dog full registration. You are not going to find a responsible breeder that does not require a spay/neuter contract. You are not going to find a responsible breeder that doesn't check vet/home references on you. You are not going to find a responsible breeder who says the dogs will be ready by Christmas. You will not find a responsible breeder who allows an animal to be purchased as a surprise (except in RARE circumstances). You are unlikely to find a responsible breeder who owns both parents. You are not going to find a repsonsible breeder who has not had the animals hips, eyes, and heart tested. You are not going to find a responsible breeder who breeds anything less than breed standard. You are not going to find a responsible breeder who has not shown the animal.

It is HARD to find a responsible breeder. MOST of what you find is a producer or 'back yard' breeder. They don't deserve the term breeder. They often own both parents, or know who owns the other one. They see pure bred puppies as a way to make some easy cash.

REAL breeders put blood, sweat, and tears into their puppies. They LOSE money on almost every litter. They do it for the love of the breed, to make it BETTER. And those dogs are expensive. Very expensive. Because, as far as dogs go, you're getting the best.

Very very few people out there are good breeders. They are just people without a clue who want to make a buck. If you really want a pure bred animal, the best place is a breed rescue. These dogs are almost always microchipped, neutered, and fully vaccinated. The average price of a dog from a breed rescue is $200. They will also be able to tell you about the dog's temperament and most of the dogs have had some kind of training.

Sorry to turn this into a novel! Before Charlie was born, we were heavily involved in rescue (in my lifetime, I have personally housed about 40 dogs and well over 100 cats... not at the same time though!!) That's where Splash came from (, Central Florida Great Dane Rescue)... Wally was born under my porch. All the cat's were rescue animals as well.

There are too many companion animals in this country. NO ONE has any business breeding them to make money. The ONLY people that should be breeding are the ones who really know the breed and have the absolute best animals to breed from. Everyone else needs to make an appointment with their vet by the time the animal is six months old. Period.

4/11/2006 11:45:00 AM

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4/11/2006 11:56:00 AM

Blogger Pout said...

Damn! I knew you'd write about that. I just logged on for Sh*ts & Giggles and sure enough...there is was. I agree. The best dog is a mutt. They live longer and tend to be smarter. You save hundreds of dollars going to the Humane Society and can spend the difference by smothering your pet with love and cool duds or even by making a donation!

4/13/2006 03:22:00 PM


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