Puppy Mills and Backyard Breeders vs. Responsible Breeders

Does it really make a difference where you get your puppy  provided you find the breed you want?  In a word, yes.  If you are not planning to breed or show your dog, it might seem unimportant to get that dog from a breeder.  But in fact, it is vitally important, and ignoring this concern can lead to sad times with your pet.

What is a Puppy Mill?

The term Puppy Mill is a label that every breeder denies applies to him or her.  Every pet shop denies their puppies come from a Puppy Mill.

 So what is a Puppy Mill?  Other names for this type of operation are puppy farms (remember Snoopy in the Peanuts comics?) and commercial breeders.  Wherever pets are produced for profit, the animals are at risk.

It is seldom possible to breed dogs humanely and responsibly and make a profit.  The profit comes when the dogs live their lives in cages rather than with a human companion.  The sole purpose of these dogs is to continually breed so the “breeders” can make money on the puppies.  Often these dogs have never seen the outside world, let alone a veterinarian.  These operations do the minimal amount for the dogs to keep them alive and able to breed.  Filth, loneliness, fear and pain constitute the life these dogs lead. Puppies produced in this situation do not have the right start in life.

 Experiences in the early weeks are critical to a dog’s development, and this includes behavior.  Problems you may encounter with a Puppy Mill dog include housetraining issues, as the puppy has never learned to keep its den area clean.  Leaving the mother too early can cause biting behaviors later in life, as these puppies were never taught bite inhibition.  This lesson needs to happen while still with the litter.


What is a Backyard Breeder?

This term is used to describe people who breed dogs without knowing what they are doing.  The motive may be profit, and occasionally someone will make a tidy little profit without having spent too much money to provide the dogs with proper care.  More likely, they will produce one litter, find out how expensive and exhausting it is to breed dogs, and have their female spayed.

The backyard-bred puppy may make a good companion dog, provided the parents are good companion dogs.  Genetic health and temperament problems may arise later.  Buying a dog from this type of environment is a big gamble.

What is Best for Your Pet?

We have established that it is best for the dogs to be bred only by people who will take excellent care of the parents and pups.  Great suffering in dogs is alleviated when breeders refrain from reproducing genetic problems.  Only breeders who put the health and welfare of their animals above profit make these difficult decisions.  To learn how to make these decisions, responsible breeders work with experienced mentors and do a great amount of study.

As well, we would have to include the inhumanity of keeping a dog caged for life; it’s only purpose being to produce puppies for human profit.  Every puppy purchased in this way is one more litter that the poor mother will have to endure.  Getting your puppy from a responsible breeder is not only the socially responsible thing to do, but also the best way to wind up with a healthy and happy puppy that grows up into a healthy and happy dog.

To take a behind the scenes look at a puppy mill, please click on the link below.



Real Proof That Dog is Man’s Best Friend

Dog Mourns at Casket of Navy Seal 

Image via Lisa Pembleton/Getty Images

This photo yanked at the heart-strings of millions of Americans in August 2011, as images of a grieving labrador retriever graced the pages of newspapers across the country. At the funeral of Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson, attendees could see his faithful companion Hawkeye lying by the casket. In front of 1,500 mourners at the beginning of the service, Hawkeye ambled up to the front of the room and laid down next to his master — showing his loyalty until the end.


Puppy Please!

Don’t smell crotches, don’t eat plants.
Don’t steal my food or underpants.

Don’t eat my socks, don’t grab my hair!

Don’t rip the stuffing from the chair.

Don’t eat the berries, or touch the bush,
Don’t chew my shoes, what is this mush?

Eat your cookies, drink your drink,
Outta the toilet! Outta the sink!

Away from the litter box, it’s for the cat.
And must you kiss me after that!?!

Raising a puppy is not for the lazy,
Those rugrats are funny but also quite crazy.

Don’t despair through the toil and the strife,
Cause after three years, you’ll get back your life.

So let’s go for walkies, so you can do your “thing.”
And maybe I’ll get back my good diamond ring!


Top Ten Reasons Why Dogs Are Better Than Kids

1. Dogs can be ready to leave the house in 5 seconds flat. 

2. Dogs love nap time 

3. Dogs don’t need their own cell phone 

4. Dogs don’t care if the peas touched the mashed potatoes. 

5. Dogs can be housetrained in 3 months 

6. Dogs don’t have to have the latest fashions 

7. Dogs never grow out of being kissed in front of their friends 

8. Dogs are not embarrassed if you sing in public. 

9. Dogs don’t constantly ask you “Why” 

10. Dogs don’t ask you for money 

Oh and there’s one more bonus reason……. 
If your dog get pregnant you can always sell her offspring.


The Neighbours Barking Dog!

The Neighbor’s Barking Dog

2 neighbors (the Smiths & the Jones) haven’t been getting along. You see, Mr. Smith leaves his dog outside all day and the dog never stops barking.

Finally, after not being able to hear himself think, Mr. Jones tells his wife: “I’VE HAD IT!” and he stomps outside. 

Upon returning Mrs. Jones says: “I can still hear the dog barking. What have you been doing?” to which her husband replies: 

barking puppy

“I put their dog in our back yard. Let’s see how they like it!” 


Good Work Heineken!


Recently, photos were circulating around various social media outlets, which showed a dogfight pit, with dogs fighting in the middle of it, surrounded by banners advertising Heineken Beer.  Social media went into a frenzy calling for the black listing of any Heineken product.Image


This could have resulted in a huge issue for Heineken, however, the way they handled it was simply brilliant, and will show why it is so important to look beyond the picture and find out the truth.  Below is the letter posted on the Facebook page depicting the dogfight, that Heineken answered with.  Well played Heineken, well played.


“Images continue to circulate in social media channels showing a dog fight, with Heineken® banners clearly visible in the background. This is very distressing and totally unacceptable. As a company and a brand owner, we do not and would never knowingly support any event, outlet or individual involved in this type of activity. It is against our company and brand rules and – more important – against our company values.


Since this matter was brought to our attention via Facebook we have conducted an investigation and now know that:




– The venue is a nightclub in Mongolia


– The venue hosted a dog fight of which we had no knowledge and were not involved in any way


– The venue owner has verbally confirmed that Heineken® banners are visible in the pictures because the previous evening the club had been decorated for a promotional event and he had failed to remove the banners once it was over. This event was in no way related to the dog fight


Based on this we have taken the following immediate actions:




– Removed all remaining promotional materials from the venue


– Withdrawn all current product stock from the club


– Ceased our relationship, ensuring our brands will not be available in the club again


– Instructed our distributor to check every location where our brands can be enjoyed to ensure such illegal activities are not taking place. If there is any suggestion that they are, we will take the same action and remove our products


– Continue to ensure our strict advertising and promotion guidelines are enforced both to the letter and the spirit of their intent


We want to thank our consumers on-line for bringing this issue to our attention. We are shocked and disappointed by these images. We fully understand the level of negative feeling amongst consumers based on what they have seen. We appreciate that the vast majority have asked for our point of view before making a judgment. We encourage our consumers to continue to use social media channels to alert us to any situation where they feel our brands are being misrepresented, so that we can take the appropriate actions.




For more information please contact john.g.clarke@heineken.com




Click here to see letter from venue owner confirming HEINEKEN had no involvement in the dog fighting activity.”


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