by Stephanie Lacy (Used with permission)
It breaks my heart when I hear of
those who want a pet, as opposed to a show
dog, buying dogs from breeders or pet shops, who are usually
puppy-mill dogs at show dog prices. Many of these folks pay
thousands of dollars for their dogs, and then seek to recoup
investment by breeding.
Then we have those well-meaning folks who want their children
to experience the "miracle of birth" by allowing
their cat or dog to have "just
one litter." Some folks still believe the myth that allowing
the pet to
have that one litter will make for a better pet. Others believe
that their pet
is SOOO!!!!! special that her pups will be just as special
in the same way; also, not
necessarily so. I have even heard people say, "We always
find homes for the
puppies. If not, we just hang out by the local grocery store
and give them
Let us reason together.
Let's say Fido has 8 puppies. Are you willing to go to the
local pound and
choose 8 puppies to die to make room for homes for your 8?
How about for
the offspring of your un-neutered pups? Are you willing to
take any or all of
them back at any time if the adoptive family ever decides
to give them up?
What is your experience in breeding? What do you know about
you breeding dogs you have shown that are champions to other
What are you doing to improve the breed? Do you operate or
participate in the
operation of a breed rescue of your breed?
Let's say you are in front of the grocery store with your
basket of 8 pups.
In Los Angeles, this is what you can expect to happen.
1. At least one of the pups will be thrown from a speeding
minutes of receiving it from you.
2. One will be released in its neighborhood because the parent
or spouse of
the person will object. Then it will be hit by a car.
3. Another will be dumped in the foothills, where it will
(b) be hit by a car or (c) be eaten by a coyote.
4. One will be turned into the pound, where it will be euthanaized
with 5000 others who didn't find homes this week.
5. One will be taken home, put into the back yard, perhaps
chained to a
tree, and if lucky, fed on a regular basis.
6. One will be used as bait for a dog fighting ring.
7. Another will be used as a moving target for future gunslingers.
8. And the guy who comes up and offers to take all the rest
of them off of
your hands for life on his ranch is actually a butcher who
will sell them
for animal research.
If you think I am making this up, please feel free to contact
any of the
many rescue organizations in this area. You will find that
these are some of the
Please, DON'T LITTER. Spay and neuter your pets. And make
your next pet a
recycled one. If your heart is set on a purebred, you should
know that at
least 25% of the shelter animals here in Los Angeles are purebreds.
addition, there are breed rescues for every breed. These rescues
wonderful sources of information about breeds as well as about
dogs for adoption.