Responsible Breeding

Update on the very thin puppies

I am sorry to say that though offers of help, support, advice, sharing dog care, food, and even money have been made, the person involved has cut all ties with anyone perceived as criticizing the condition of the dogs. My best hope at this point is that the puppies leave for new homes as quickly as possible to get bathed and wormed and their noses in full pans.

My biggest lesson in this entire thing – what you haven’t seen is a group of people working their butts off over the last few days trying to do something that would improve conditions – is that it’s critical to communicate. When breeders have personal disagreements that keep us from checking on references, however valid and accurate those disagreements are (and I know very often they are), dogs fall through the cracks.

I never post things about individual people because it’s not useful, not good for anyone, and because I honestly almost never have a right to – I do things that get people mad, I make breeding decisions that are controversial, and if I spoke about individuals I’d expect to get my butt kicked. This isn’t “fugly dog of the day.” The reason a post about a single person ended up on this blog is because I was just so incredibly frustrated and sad that it was post something or instigate dog-related grand larceny. I won’t be posting anything about this again and I won’t name the person or the particulars.

The ISSUE here – bringing it back to what we should be talking about – is that care rises above all else. The disagreements we have about stud dog choices or who should have won that class or whether so-and-so has ugly dogs are just static; the foundational issue is not hurting dogs. Do whatever flapdoodle thing you want, honestly – if your dogs are clean and healthy and well-fed and happy we can argue for hours about ear size but we’re fundamentally on the same side.

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3 Comments

  • Reply Erin Strobel July 24, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    I was wondering about this today. I’m so sad that trying to help didn’t work out. I hope the poor pups have a chance to get healthy in their new homes.

  • Reply Erin Strobel July 24, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    I was wondering about this today. I’m so sad that trying to help didn’t work out. I hope the poor pups have a chance to get healthy in their new homes.

  • Reply Mary July 25, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    I’m not a breeder & I don’t show dogs. I don’t know who this is; not sure I want to know. All I do know is that this sounds awful. Is there anything at all that anyone can do (doesn’t sound like it, but I thought I would ask anyway)?? Are all the pups definitely going to new homes?

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