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Puppy Buyers Deserve Options

I am a pet dog owner. I have had purebred dogs and mixed-breed dogs all of my life. I love to be able to rescue a dog, as we did with our current mix, Max. He’s perfect for us in temperament and size, plus he’s just so cute! But the first dog I owned as an adult, my Irish Setter, came from a breeder. And I’m positive the dog of my life, a tricolor Sheltie, had an amazing pedigree. I didn’t know enough to recognize it at the time, but it wouldn’t surprise me if she was almost perfect, conformationally speaking. Even better, she was smart, very sweet and the most empathic dog I’ve ever lived with.

But my point is that I’ve always had the option to go to a shelter, a rescue organization or a breeder, and I want to have those options in the future.

Of course I’m opposed to dogs being raised in substandard conditions, without socialization, veterinary care or appropriate exercise. Every dog lover and responsible breeder is abhorred by such practices.

But legislation, and modifications to existing laws, must be carefully crafted to target only problem operations. It’s critical that responsible breeders, who do right by their dogs, are able to continue breeding and making purebred pet dogs available to people like me.

I won’t buy a pet-store puppy. I simply won’t.

So, if the day comes when I can’t access a reputable breeder of the breed I want, I will have only shelters and rescues as my options.

I hope that never happens.

You can help keep all three options viable for me and other pet dog owners like me by signing the AKC’s petition opposing proposed changes to the Animal Welfare Act and by sending your comments to the USDA before the Monday deadline.

Please help all dog lovers retain their options…today…right now.

 

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Susan Chaney has been on the editorial side of publishing since 1990, starting her career as a newspaper features writer and editor. A lifelong lover of dogs, Susan has lived with German Shepherds, Labs, Yorkies, an Irish Setter, a Great Dane-Bloodhound mix, a Sheltie and currently a Chihuahua mix of unknown pedigree. She was the editor of Dog Fancy magazine, content editor of DogChannel.com and group editor of Dog World, Dogs USA, Puppies USA, Natural Dog, Cat Fancy, Cats USA and Kittens USA from March 2005 to December 2009 when she left her position to work at home, part-time. Susan lives in Long Beach, Calif., with her artist husband, Tim, that Chi mix and two big cats. As an editor and writer for Best In Show Daily, she is reveling in the amalgam of three loves: writing, editing and dogs.
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  • Shamara July 30, 2012 at 3:28 AM

    What a no-brainer. And here I was causing unnecessary stress to myself and my dog by trying to squirt the fluid into her ear. Thank you for this common sense approach.

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