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Saturday Survey: Shelter Dogs vs. Dogs from a Breeder

Last weekend was PetSmart’s adoption event, where they tried to find homes for 13,500 pets.  In addition, as you know, last week was the Westminster show, probably the premiere event featuring purebred dogs.  So, it dawned on me that we should ask our readers which they prefer – shelter dogs or dogs purchased from a breeder.  Please take our survey below and let us know what you think.

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Update on the Obamas’ Dog Choices

Apparently, the Obamas have narrowed their choices for a new first dog to either a Labradoodle (shown above, on the chair) or a Portuguese Water Dog (shown above, on the lawn). 

Everyone has an opinion on which they should choose.  Even Senator Edward Kennedy, who lives with three Portuguese water dogs, released a statement advocating the breed after President-elect Obama announced his family had narrowed its choice down to just two breeds.

Many people have expressed concern that neither of these breeds is likely to be found in a shelter.  Not so for Labradoodles, says Stephanie Shain, of the Humane Society of the United States.  “Sadly, every time (and I mean EVERY time) we see a kind of dog become suddenly popular we see a huge growth in the production of those animals in puppy mills (mass breeding operations – awful places), a huge increase in the number of people buying them, and a spike in the number of that kind of dog in shelters and resuces.


It happened decades ago to Cocker Spaniels (circa lady and the Tramp) and more recently with Dalmatians (101 of course).


Labradoodles came on the scene a few years ago. Shelters are likely to classify them as a “poodle mix”, not necessarily a “Labradoodle”, although some will mark them as such.


They are out there in need of homes…loads of them. ”

See the rest of Ms. Shain’s comments here, in a transcript of an online public chat held on January 15th. 

And don’t forget to vote for name here.

Until next time,

Good day, and good dog!

Shelter Dog Rescued

What a great story!  (And perfect timing, since this is National Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog month.)

Blackie, a 3-year old Labrador retriever mix was turned over to the Edmonton Humane Society last May when his guardians couldn’t afford the $3,500 surgery he needed to repair his back leg.  The people had paid for similar surgery on his other leg, but apparently just couldn’t swing it twice.  (Who could???)

Anyways, the shelter was afraid that a new adoptive family would be tough to find, given that the new guardians would have to foot the bill for the surgery.  They were just sure they’d have to put the dog down. 

But, lo and behold, the good people of Edmonton came through, donating enough to the shelter’s sick and injured animal fund to pay for the surgery.  Blackie had his operation at the end of August and has been recovering in a foster home.  He was put up for adoption today – no word yet on who the lucky adoptive family is.

I told you it was a great story!

Until next time,

Good day, and good dog!

 [Picture credit:  David Bloom / Sun Media]