A Veterinarian’s Story

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog’s owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn’t do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane
might learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker’s family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker’s Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.
Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ”I know why.”

Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I’d never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try and live.

He said , ”People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life — like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?”
The Six-year-old continued,”Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”



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.