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Friday, May 11, 2007

Tiny Tad

Be sure to check out my sister's website, PomRescue.com (see link on this page). Both my younger sisters have dog rescue organizations. My middle sister rescues Pomeranians and our youngest sister was a starter of Out Of Harm's Way Small Dog Rescue (along with some of her friends).

This little boy is Tiny Tad. He was a male Pom used in a puppymill to breed Poms. When he lost his usefulness they set him out on the road. He was filthy, matted and alone on a road. The person who rescued him tried to take him back to the puppymill but they said they didn't want him any more and they would have to take care of him. So Elaine was able to get him. He is a very small Pomeranian. What some people would call a teacup Pom although there is no such designation in any toy breed. The breed standards do not recognize a "teacup", "pocket" or other super-tiny appellation. It just means a really small one and people want super small so breeders breed them to be that way which is dangerous. Sometimes these puppymillers will actually sell puppies just after they've opened their eyes, so the buyer thinks they are getting a "teacup" dog when, actually, the puppies are just too young. Puppies shouldn't leave their parents for at least 6 weeks. And for toy breeds, it should be more like 12 weeks. And, medically, the smaller the dog, the harder it is to medically treat because their veins are so tiny, etc.

But, we have to know, puppymillers are only interested in one thing...profit! Anything they can do to maximize their profit is what they do. They don't "waste" money with vet fees, good dog food, grooming, decent living areas, etc. They keep their breeding dogs in small cages, 2-3 or more, crowded together and the cages stacked on top of each other. They don't bother with cleaning these cages so the dogs live in their feces and urine, with the waste from the dogs in cages stacked on top of them filtering down. They don't have the dogs attended by a vet, vaccinated, groomed. Their food is minimum and of the poorest quality. Water may be given but once the dogs step in it and the waste from their feet get in it, it's horrible. Many times it's knocked over by the overcrowding and they don't get any. The females are bred for litter after litter. The quicker they take the puppies away from the mother, the quicker she is ready to be bred again.

Imagine these dogs never having a kind word, never having human contact other than roughly. Filthy, squalid conditions. No vet care. And it's buyer-beware because buyers don't know the filthy, disease-ridden conditions their puppies come from. Many puppies die from worms, disease (like Parvo) and the buyer doesn't know why. And they won't get their money back! Buyers are purchasing puppies from parents that may have hereditary health problems. And puppies can all look alike. Just because you are told it's a pure bred poodle doesn't mean it's pure bred. Puppymillers are unscrupulous.

Then there are the backyard breeders. They aren't cruel, brutal. They try to do the right thing by their dogs. The conditions are not filthy and the dogs are vetted and fed. I don't look down on people who do this and I believe there is a place for that in our world. But, keep in mind, many of these backyard breeders aren't very knowledgeable and can make mistakes. They may breed hereditary problems without realizing that's what they're doing. They may breed 2 dogs that look good to them but aren't good breed standard. They may think fat tummies are indicative of well fed puppies when it may be bloating from worms or worse.

Good breeders are expensive. But their dogs are well taken care of by breeders who know what they're doing and the good breeder can teach you what you need to know, mentoring you and backing up their puppies. Not everyone can afford the price of a well bred puppy which is why I think there is a place for backyard breeders. But, before you buy a dog, please check into dog rescue. There are many breed-specific rescues where you can get a pure bred dog. If your dog is just for your family and is a pet...then who cares if you get the papers with it? You want to save a dog. Use your computer to research and find out what kind of dog you want and what kind of breed fits in your family and your lifestyle. Then see if you can find a breed-specific rescue in your area. Check Petfinders.com, go to your Humane Society. Don't make an impulse buy, but think it through and get your whole family involved so that everyone has an investment in this dog. If you plan to buy a dog to put in a fence in the far corner of your yard and all you have time to do is feed and water, it might be better for you to just get a yard statue. Dogs are living beings. They are dogs. They make messes; they pass gas, poop and pee; they go through a teething stage; they may learn how to get out of fences; they don't know the boundaries of a yard, etc. It's nature and if you can't take it, don't get a dog. A dog is like having a 2-3 yr old child for it's entire life. Some dog breeds are bred to be more mature and a lot of mutts are more mature but they still are more like children and are totally dependent on you. You are the human being with a God-given brain so it's up to you to take care of your dog. For instance, my husband was bad to drop his socks in the bedroom floor. After getting multiple socks chewed up by the dog, HE had to learn to put his socks in a covered hamper in the linen closet. It does no good to get furious with the dog when the dog doesn't know better. YOU know how to keep your socks from getting chewed up so it's up to YOU to prevent it. Some dogs can learn complicated maneuvers to get what they want but YOU are still smarter than the dog. Learn how to train your dog, take your dog to obedience classes, outsmart your dog, develop better habits, make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise so that boredom doesn't lead to trouble. If you can't do it, don't get a dog. They are a living, breathing, feeling, created being and are capable of the most devoted love this world has ever seen. To get that love you have to give that love and overlook the messiness of life.

This is Hercules, one of my youngest sister's dogs. He's a Miniature Pinscher and he has clipped ears. He has hereditary health problems that can be very serious. She adopted him and she will keep him because she knows how to take care of him.

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