Tag Archives: breeding

Breed switching, pit bulls, and dreams.

I admit it, I kind of feel a little bit like a jerk that my blog that I created to be about the plight of pit bulls has turned into a training diary for my Border Collies. On one hand, … Continue reading

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On (not) breading Steve.

Not long before I got Steve, a friend of mine started talking about breeding her Lab. She bought him from a decent breeder on a pet contract with limited registration and an agreement to not breed him. She’d kept him … Continue reading

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Purebreaded puppy at a dog event.

Yesterday a friend and I took Steve down toward Baltimore to meet up with my sister for Dogfest 2009, a big dog event and fundraiser for the Baltimore Humane Society. I don’t know much about their organization beyond that my … Continue reading

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If I could teach one lesson.

It really sucks to have your dog diagnosed with severe hip dysplasia at the tender age of 15 months. It sucks to have a dog who is just a puppy already be in pain and facing a future filled with … Continue reading

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Finding a pet puppy.

There’s a fantastic thread (still) ongoing on the PetConnection blog about breeders, breeding, and how difficult it is to find a good pet puppy. The original post is fantastic. The comments are just as interesting, worthwhile, and thought-provoking. What a … Continue reading

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I killed a shelter dog.

So yesterday I was reading about Joe Biden’s new puppy on the Pet Connection blog and of course there got to be discussion in the comments about how he should have saved a dog instead of purchasing a puppy, and … Continue reading

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Big Decisions.

I’ve been kicking around the idea of a Border Collie puppy for a very long time now, researching the breed, researching breeders, researching what makes a good BC breeder and thinking about what I want in a dog and in … Continue reading

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80 Mill dogs killed. Public outraged.

Ah, the wonderful world of puppymillers, and I’m so lucky to live here in Pennsylvania, where it’s legal to shoot your entire mill’s worth of dogs instead of having them examined by veterinarians as ordered by inspectors. Instead, Elmer Zimmerman … Continue reading

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Puppy Business is Booming

One of the hardest parts of my job to stomach is the endless flow of poorly bred litters of puppies that come through our doors for first puppy exams and vaccines. The only credit I can give these owners is … Continue reading

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Oprah, Puppy Mills, and You.

I haven’t had the chance to watch Oprah’s show on puppy mills yet (it’s available for viewing online here), but I’ve read a lot of chatter about the show. I admit to a whole lot of jadedness when it comes … Continue reading

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