Dear Pet People..Wise Up. Stop Bashing Dog Breeders.

        This is my beloved dog, adopted from a kill shelter, he comes from a most horrific puppymill pedigree. Yes he is a little doll, and I love him to the moon and back, but from a purebred point of view he harbors so many conformation faults that he barely can pass as a recognizable breed.

Why is that important you ask? Because for starters, knowing the health history and temperment of a breed is important in assessing how well a dog is a match for your family. If it didn't matter, then Petfinder and all the other rescue sites would advertise all mixed breeds as mutts...which is what they are.Only they don't. They advertise them as purebred mixes so that the potential adoptee has an idea of what kind of dog they are getting. If your needs or wants for a companion dog requires a quiet, tiny nonshedding breed then a German Shepherd mix isn't for you.
And while I am a big advocate for adoption, making disparaging remarks that damages responsible dog breeders is throwing out the baby with the bathwater.
Today I saw this note being shared thousands and thousands of times on Facebook and I was livid!
I have been steaming over this for is what  the thousands of people sharing this note don't realize:
if responsible breeders stopped breeding there would be no healthy purebred dogs, only dogs with questionable backgrounds. Dogs whose parents never got their heart or eyes checked for hereditary problems, never had their hips certified clear so that their puppies don't have to suffer with hip issues. And never had proper veterinary prenatal care or puppy socialization.
People who truly love dogs understand that responsible breeders are the ones who research health problems and keep valuable data on health issues for other responsible breeders and  scientific canine health researchers.

 Beware of people out there who only want to be labeled 'rescuers' so that you can pat them on the back for their good deeds.
 They care more about themselves than the dogs they rescue, and those are the kind of people who create these memes.
Propaganda like this makes them feel good about themselves but in the long run, it hurts all dogs, mixed and purebred.
 Wise up, don't buy into the myth that dog breeders are bad.It was responsible dog breeders who created the breeds we know and love. And we need those responsible dog breeders now more than ever before to preserve the health and integrity of those breeds.
Puppymillers are lazy opportunists who exploit dogs.
Dog breeders didn't put those dogs on death row...Puppymillers and the irresponsible owners that buy from them did.

For Christmas, I wish uninformed people would come to the realization that puppymill owners are NOT dog breeders, and that by labeling them as such does harm to the many dedicated, responsible breeders who sacrifice their own time and money for the breed they love.



DIY Pet Hair Release Odor Busting Vacuum Carpet Powder

You can purchase carpet products to use with your vacuum to help eliminate pet odor and 'release pet hair' from the carpet.Or, you can make your own and save that money. You probably already have the ingredients in your house.Some store bought carpet powders contain phtalates and formaldehyde which have been linked to hormone disruption,cancer,infertility,ashma and allergies. They are not required to list the ingredients on the container and pets lay on the carpet breathing in these toxic chemicals. Here is how to make your own carpet powder that in my opinion,out performs the store bought ones. In a bowl, add 1/3 cornstarch with 1 cup baking soda and add 1/3 cup crushed dried lavender. Mix well, then add it to a recycled shaker can. I prefer to use a mortar and pestle to crush the dried lavender but your hand or a sifter will do fine. It is my fragrance of choice because it is calming and has germ killing properties. Dogs' sensitive noses seem to like it. I don't use essential oil in this mixture because it takes away from the dry powder consistency you need.In addition, some essential oils are toxic to pets. I also don't want to use oily products on my rugs. The commercial carpet powder manufacturers will tell you to test for colorfastness and I will too. But I have had no issues using this DIY version and you see it pictured here on an antique vegetable dyed rug.

     Cornstarch releases the static lock that the carpet has on pet hair and the baking soda neutralizes doggy odor while the lavender makes the room and your vacuum smell delightful. Of couse you can omit the lavender if you don't like the fragrance. Dried orange peel ground to a coarse powder will work as well. Be sure to vacuum in cross directions to help pick up those dog hairs. This is a safe, cost effective, non toxic way to keep your carpets smelling fresh. Because the lavender will scent the room you can eliminate toxic air fresheners. Products like Febreze have proven harmful to small animals so why would you want to spend money on that? Our homes are often filled with cleaning chemicals that are toxic to our dogs. This simple recipe makes for a healthier environment and saves you money.


Women Who Throw Away Dogs

If you have read this blog before you know I have voiced my opinions more than once. Today on the anniversary of Gilby being dumped in a kill shelter I am thinking about the type of person who does that.

Who do you think that type of person is? A careless heartless creep, who throws dogs away like dirty kleenex? Sometimes, but most likely that person is your next door neighbor...
Your next door neighbor, your co-worker, your yoga instructor. Don't believe me? It's true. There are many, many people out there who pretend to be do -gooders and it is all for show. Gilby's previous owner is a prime example!
Gilby's mother was a puppymill breeder dog. She was sent to a livestock auction where a rescue group pulled her out of the puppymill rollercoaster. He was raised in a loving environment by his rescue foster and adopted to a family in Tennessee. A perfect American family with a big house and a big yard and the money to take the best care of him. He became an AKC certified Canine Good Citizen, a therapy dog and was ring bearer in a wedding. He received excellent veterinary care, but at some point, he was unwanted. Granted he had a heart condition and a bileous liver that caused him issues but he was still the sweet dog with the enormous heart he always had been ,and he loved his family very much.

But none of that mattered. Because he was unwanted he was left at the county dog pound, a kill facility, to die because almost NO ONE adopts older dogs. You might think his owner didn't know any better but the fact is she did. She was active and knowledgeable in dog obedience, had other dogs and belonged to rescue groups including one that educated people about puppymills. Reread that last sentence. Why, you ask, would someone like that dump a dog at the county dog pound? I wondered why he was dumped too, and when I pulled him, I asked the dog pound employees if I could contact her. They said no, the previous owner must remain anonymous but they offered to call her and let me speak to her, which they did. She told me what he ate, Iams ( the first clue she was an uncaring dog owner) and that he was sent to the pound because she was tired of him being head shy. Really? She wasn't willing to work through that? No, she wasn't because she is an uncaring dog owner, she only wants people to think she is kind and compassionate. She doesn't want to do the real work. Sadly, there are many people like her out there.

The other day I stumbled upon an advertisement of an upcoming event she is teaching. She is conducting a Guided Meditation class,Chakra with Chocolate she called it. Yes, this person who turned her back on an old dog and sent him to an uncertain future in the county dog pound teaches Yoga, Guided Meditation, and specializes in helping people with PTSD. Worst of all she owns dogs and fosters. She professes to be a person teaching enlightenment but she is nothing but a Charlatan. Using spirituality and using dogs, so people will think she is something she is not. I discovered who she was as soon as I got Gilby home from the dog pound. His CGC medallion was hidden, matted into his coat and had to be cut out. On that medallion was her name and address, of course I Googled it, wouldn't you wonder who would do this to a dog? I resent this woman. I worked long and hard to get Gilby over his heartbreak. I changed his name back from what she called him to the name he was given when he was born into the hands of the rescue worker, a name that was given to him out of love. I put him on a diet that corrected his bileous liver and helped to stabilize his heart condition. I am certified Reiki and he loved his Reiki sessions, loved his Chakra balancing (using sound) and his aromatherapy massages. I spoiled him rotten. But it has still taken a long time to heal his heartbreak. I resent her for the pain she caused this sweet dog. I resent that she uses dogs to make herself look good. I resent that she uses energy healing modalities to make her look like someone she is not and charges unsuspecting people money for it. 
 Sadly there are so many people like her out there. People who pretend to care and and are completely incapable of true compassion. I have found that people like her have a deeply imbedded sense of worthlessness that they NEVER come to terms with. Deep, deep inside they think they deserve nothing. Having a dog who knows the REAL person and loves them unconditionally, conflicts with their inner knowledge that they are worthless. They begin to resent that dog...eventually the dog is mistreated,
dumped or given away. I have seen this over and over. Just because Gilby's previous owner lives in an exclusive neighborhood does not exclude her from feeling worthless.

Several years ago a woman I will call Lisa, consulted me on training her huge dog who was just a big lovable 140 lb. mutt that had not been given any parameters in the house. I worked with them both and they were making huge progress. Then suddenly, she dumped him at our city pound. I was appalled and let her know in no uncertain terms what I thought. But Lisa, like Gilbys' previous owner, had no sense of self worth and as she was developing a bond with her dog and having success with their training, she could not cope with having someone, even a dog, think she was wonderful. Often these women have a history of domestic abuse, either from a spouse or a bad situation growing up. But truthfully, that is NO EXCUSE! Lots of people come from bad situations and don't throw away or abuse their dogs.

The people who do, like Lisa and Gilbys' previous owner, don't take ownership of their lives....they go through life pretending, pretending,pretending...fearful of acknowledging their lack of self worth...hoping others believe their facade, because inside they know they are living a lie.. and sadly, the dogs who love them will never know true love in return.