Friday, November 27, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Return of your money is best, but most breeders want to give you a puppy from a future litter. Also, most breeders will not pay for medical treatments your pup may need. They want you to fall in love with the puppy and then their offer to have you return the puppy for another in the future gets them off the hook as you will refuse to return the puppy.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
You cannot do this at a pet store. But that is OK, since there is ABSOLUTELY NO CHANCE that you will be shopping for a puppy at the pet store.
Keep in mind that my advice is mostly related to buying a purebred dog as a puppy. If you are adopting an older dog, the rules are completely different and my tips may or may not apply.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
From the article:
The animals included 24 Yorkies and Maltese, one German Shepherd...
Seriously, those are some designer cross-breeds I would not want!
I am much more logical than emotional. I find it strange that people become passionate about the euthanization of a dog that has been in the news, but not the thousands of (anonymous?) dogs that face the same fate daily.
This dog was not social (likely due to its previous abuse) and will always be a danger and a nuisance. Many friendly, social dogs are put down every day because no one is willing to take them.
Friday, October 2, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Sad story. From the looks of it, it could be neglect on the part of the parents, or it could be a terrible series of misfortunes leading to an unpredictable disaster.
It seems the dog was locked in a bathroom, but the 3-year-old let it out in the night. The parents were not awakened (drugs - legal? or illegal?) and the baby was not in a crib. I would not call a baby sleeping somewhere other than a crib child abuse. I know my children fell asleep in places other than cribs a lot.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Pets, like people, need to be restrained while riding in vehicles. They can cause accidents, as in this case, or more commonly, be greatly harmed in accidents that don't injure those who are restrained. Pet carriers, or strapped-in harnesses can be used. They are available at pet store everywhere.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Some people have issues with cloning in and of itself. I do not. Clones are not scary, they are identical twins (or triplets, etc) separated in time. Other people have ethical issues with cloning because of known health defects. This is more troublesome to me. I can understand the scientific need to create clones in order to learn how to make better ones, but I still don't like knowingly creating defective animals.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Sadly, this type of Dog News story happens way too often. I suspect that the officer was very fond of this dog and had no intention to hurt him. Too many people take shortcuts and eventually one of them turns into a disaster.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
I know of several Pit Bulls. They are as sweet as can be. What I don't understand from all of these "Pit Bull Attacks" Dog News stories is whether the particular animal that committed the attack was trained to be aggressive or whether it was a sweet gentle dog until the attack. Is it just the nature of the dog to be aggressive and any Put Bull is subject to attack at any time, or are the attacks a matter of the ones that are trained to attack getting loose?
I am always biased in favor of the dog, but I can concede that this supposed Puppy News article is also biased in favor of the dogs. There could be more to this story. The dogs could be a menace and the SPCA could be doing the community a favor. I doubt it. I think the likely story is an overzealous bureaucrat flexing his muscles against a helpless citizen. I wish I could trust the media enough to know the real story here.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Simple puppy buying advice: DO NOT BUY FROM A PET STORE!
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Unable to argue the sentence, Barrar expressed hope the case will get people to think about how poorly society deals with the mentally ill.
The basic problem here is that we as a society don't want to lock up the mentally ill indefinately. This is a sad Dog News story where no one wins in the end. We'd have to lock up many mentally ill people who may never be violent to make sure we get the ones who will be. In letting many mentally ill people free in society, some will inevitably hurt themselves and others.
The rules proposed here seem reasonable. There is some paperwork required for the health records. That could be a bit of a nuisance. I don't see a definition of "large-scale breeding operation" in the article.
Friday, May 15, 2009
This Puppy News contains some great advice here for happy coexistence between children and dogs. I would also include picking a puppy that matches the lifestyle and characteristics of your child. Active, outdoor child? Active, outdoor dog. Quiet, bookworm child? Docile, companion dog.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Here is advice from this Puppy News article:
Caution: if you see any signs of worms you will need to take a sample of faeces to the veterinary surgeon. Do not handle your puppy without wearing gloves and constantly wash your hands.
I'd take the puppy, not just the sample. Puppies should be seen by a vet for basic care. Find a good vet you like and can afford and let him care for your pup.
Friday, May 8, 2009
There is not a circle of Hades deep enough for people who abuse pets.
From this puppy news article:
The case stems from a raid on Jan. 16 in which authorities say they seized about 160 dogs, many of them covered in urine and feces.
PEOPLE! DO NOT BUY A PUPPY FROM A PUPPY MILL! It is not good for you, the puppy or the other dogs at the puppy mill. You are not saving a puppy; you are providing cash to a disgusting breeder and encouraging him/her to continue mistreating more and more animals.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Coyote snatches Chihuahua off Englewood trail
There seems to be little that can be done about this. Leashes are very confining. I never walk my dogs with leashes. They walk with me. I coyote is too stealth and too wiley to completely avoid.
From the article:
...people who come across coyotes should haze them - yell, or throw stones or sticks - in an effort re-instill a fear of humans in the animals.
I can't imagine this is a PETA-recommended strategy.
The show premieres at 9 p.m. Friday, May 8, on the National Geographic channel. It will also air at 6 a.m. Sunday, May 10, and 2 p.m. Friday, May 15.
This sounds like a show that people involved in the world of dogs needs to see, even if it is not pleasant.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Here is a nice puppy news article that makes an intelligent and impassioned defense of responsible breeding.
I completely agree with this assessment of pet stores:
Totally at fault are the pet stores (whose supplies are from puppy mills and commercial warehouses) selling to anyone who has cash (credible breeders are discerning and interview perspective buyers).
Monday, May 4, 2009
People picking out a puppy for its "cute appeal" and then when it needs constant attention and exercise and gains 100 pounds, they can't take it.
Don't buy a puppy because it is cute. Make sure you would want to own the parents of the pup before you buy it. I have many other recommendations on this site. Do your research before buying a puppy.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Awwwww! How cute. A ruby red puppy that glows in the dark...
But then there are these little gems:
Team member CheMyong Ko of the University of Kentucky in Lexington, said of the breakthrough: "The next step for us is to generate a true disease model."
The hope is that, following the Ruppy breakthrough, transgenic dogs will become more effective stand-ins for the study of human disease.
Ok, not so cute anymore. They want to breed puppies with genetic mutations that cause them to quickly get cancer, heart disease, Parkinson's and other diseases so that they can test medical procedures on them. I'm very happy with them testing medical procedures on rats. I can even deal with them testing with pigs (good stand-ins for humans, and I don't mean that in any negative way.) But, I am definately NOT happy with performing medical tests on dogs. Yes, I realize that it happens now. I'd like to see that stopped and I definately do not want to see new dogs bred just to be used for testing.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Sometimes it seems the government is not interested in safe, healthy breeding, but in the elimination of the breeding of dogs. I realize that "anti-puppy mill" legislation has been in the news for many years, but the efforts seem to be more coordinated and intense.
Many people want to reduce the supply of puppies to increase the demand for shelter animals. I fully support the adoption of shelter pets, but I do not support forcing people into this option by removing other options they may desire. The other options must include purebred and designer puppies.
Friday, April 24, 2009
The current story is about the amazing auction price of the medal the dog recieved. I am more interested in the original story of the lives the dog saved digging people out from bombed out buildings. That, to me, is the real dog news story.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Some lawmakers like Senator Jay Paul Gumm also say the bill lacks teeth and actually punishes good breeders.
This is very typical of legislation. It is far easier to target laws against people who follow the law. They are public and visible. Those who skirt the law are far more stealthy.
The House version outlined specific standards of care and limited breeders to 30 adult female dogs that are not spayed.
I'm not sure how enforceable this would be. If you have 150 adult female dogs, would you just create 5 businesses in 5 different people's names (Husband, Son, Daughter, etc.)
Sunday, April 19, 2009
These people should NEVER be allowed to have a dog. This crazy puppy news story shows a couple of immature and irresponsible people taking their anger out on a poor defenseless pup.
Apparently, the boyfriend took the side of his pup against the girlfriend, as he was arrested for whatever well-deserved response he meted out.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Take someone who has no stake in the decision with you to see the puppy. Take a sibling, a parent or a friend. Give them veto power. If they say no to your buying that puppy, back away from the purchase. Take them aside and listen to why they are uncomfortable. Making a good decision to buy a puppy means putting aside emotions and looking at facts. Someone uninvolved can be a great help in doing just that.
I have seen many people who are otherwise very rational become very irrational when the holding a cute, loveable little fur-ball. You will be living with this puppy for more than a decade if things work out well. Saying NO to a few puppies before you say YES to one is a great idea.
The opposite of taking someone emotionally uninvolved with you is taking kids with you. The puppy could have three legs (all in the front) and the head installed backward and the kids would still fall in immediate and permanent love with it. Show the kids the puppy AFTER it passes your test. If possible, show it to them AFTER it passes the Vet Check. Why get them emotionally attached only to find that it has a heart condition, or a kennel-disease? (You should avoid getting emotionally attached, too.) At this point, it is just a candidate. There are hundreds more out there just like it and more are being made everyday.
I know it sounds cold, but buying a puppy has to be an unemotional business decision. Once the deal is done and the puppy passes the vet check, then you are REQUIRED to fall head-over-heals in love with it, but not a minute before.
This dog news article finishes with a great piece of advice:
"Open your heart and your home to a rescue animal."
I just finished watching Marley and Me. I have been a dog person all of my life. I grew up on rescue dogs and now I breed Maltese. I have loved them all. I have had to bury way too many dogs to count in my 40-some-odd years. Marley and Me is a great movie. If you have not seen it, you must.
My parents have a little black Chihuahua. I can fully understand why the thief would return this puppy.
Seriously people, I am only kidding. There went my Chihuahua-loving audience. They will no longer be visiting me for Dog News and Puppy News.
I hope the thief will visit my site for advice and then buy a puppy next time.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Dog-friendly vehicles? I'm still not sure it is a good idea to leave a pet in an automobile with a vent and a fan. Hot summer days down south can be brutal.
And another dog news story:
"I'm not a Veterinarian, but I play one on the internet!" Take this info with a grain of salt, and always, always check with your vet.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
The general rule is that pups can hold their bathroom for as many hours as they are months old. A 4 month old puppy needs to go every four hours. Obviously, there is some variation. When you provide your pup with food and water, you can expect him to need a bathroom break soon. Learn the pattern and try to have him go where you want him going as many times as possible. Success creates more success and failure creates more failure.
(There are several ways to housebreak your pup. This post does not address which way you should train your pup. Consistency is improtant no matter which way you use.)
I hope 'Bo' has a nice time chewing the carpets in the most exclusive house in the country. Also, I hope he completes his potty training well. It is our house, after all...
In older puppy news, Biden's puppy, named 'Champ', resulted in much grief for the breeder.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Biden's Puppy Breeder: "Never, Never, Never Again" - Philadelphia News April 10, 2009
This part is frightening:
Dog wardens from the state showed up at Brown's Wolf Den kennel, repeatedly, for inspections.
"I was cited for a piece of kibble on the floor and five strands of dog hair. They took a picture of that, they walked around, snapped pictures and don't tell you why," Brown told the newspaper.
Are we hobby breeders supposed to hide? Keep a low profile? These were not crazies from PETA or ELF that harassed this lady, these were duly authorized representatives of the government.
Where is the appropriate line? A breeder with 200 dogs needs regulating by the state, right? 20? 2? A normal citizen with a few pets? Someone with children?
Must the conditions be better for dogs than, say, children? Should children be removed from homes because of food on the floor? Other trash? What if a family doesn't sell puppies, but just has multiple pets? Should they be regulated? Why are their pets less valuable in the eyes of the law than any other animal?
More government regulation of puppy mills would be good for me. They make thousands of puppies while I produce only a few. With fewer puppy mills, the supply would be dramatically reduced. It would no longer be good for me when they try to regulate me. I don't make enough money to be able to afford to learn and comply with onerous regulations.
Should buying a puppy really be this complicated?
Friday, April 10, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
It would be difficult and speculative for me to try to list all of the reasons that people prefer to buy a purebred puppy from a hobby breeder over an unregistered pet from a shelter. (PLEASE DON'T EVER BUY A DOG FROM A PET STORE OR A PUPPY MILL.) It is likely very similar to the reasoning behind the vast majority of people having their own baby over adopting one that is available in need of a home. Sadly, that is human nature.
My wife and I are hobby breeders. We love our dogs. They often sleep with us, sit on the sofa with us and take walks with us. This is, sadly, not the case for way too many breeding dogs. My parents were of the philosophy that a dog should be allowed to have one litter, then it should be spayed. It was a member of the family and this is what it deserved. We would find friends and neighbor to adopt the puppies or we would raise them. This is also somewhat out of favor these days. My parents were also of the school of thought that no one should ever pay money for a dog. There were always people looking to give one away. This includes people looking to give away purebred dogs that they could no longer keep.
As I grew up, we had many random new dogs and puppies come randomly into our lives over the years. Most people do not wish to live this way now. People expect to be able to pick the breed of dog they want, with characteristics that they want, when it is convenient for them. This almost always means buying a puppy. Given this fact, we strive to do the best we can with breeding healthy and high-quality puppies from well-cared for and loved dogs.