12.06 The Fur Mom: 3 Reasons Why I No Longer Support Dog Breeding

The Puppy

I recently submitted this guest post to a blogger who supports dog rescue and I wanted to share the post here as well. Through this post, I’m not throwing down the gauntlet to dog breeders, I’m simply sharing how my personal life experiences have changed my thoughts on dog breeding.  With every news story about a puppy mill, celebrate that one more bites the dust.  But there’s a lot more work to do and in this climate of abused animals, I think we should focus more on finding our dogs happy and safe forever homes and less on dog breeding.

Thanks for reading.

When I launched Keep the Tail Wagging, one of the missions of my blog was to educate people about finding a reputable breeder. I’ve met great breeders and felt that more needed to be done to highlight these amazing people and condemn irresponsible breeders.

And then the Universe brought some amazing and challenging life experience to our door that change my mind. I don’t support dog breeding. I don’t condemn responsible dog breeders, but after my experiences this year, I can no longer support dog breeding, because I don’t agree with bringing more dogs into a world overrun with dogs who need a home.

I no longer support dog breeding for three simple reasons…

1. Riley – Riley was a puppy that was found and turned in to a shelter. We don’t know if she was exposed to Canine Parvovirus before or after she was rescued, but it doesn’t really matter. She’s no longer with us. Whenever I go through something painful, and this rocked my world, I try to understand what lesson I’m supposed to learn. Even as I type this, my eyes are welling up with tears, because losing a dog is so very painful.

I believe that Riley came into our life for three reasons. To give her a home filled with love and happiness, for a brief time. To show us that we had room for one more rescue. Having three dogs is a lot more work than I expected, but the happiness and laughter in our home is a fantastic trade off. And losing a puppy made me want to take my blog more seriously, sharing accurate information on dog training, behavior, health, nutrition and safety.

2. Blue – Blue joined our family nearly a month after we lost Riley. We were planning to adopt a third dog, but wanted to wait 6 months to a year. I came across Blue’s video and couldn’t stop watching him. When we met him, it was love at first sight for my boyfriend. He loves our first two dogs, but I think the loss of Riley broke my tough guy’s heart and Blue was able to help him heal.

Blue was a stray (or lost puppy) who was found and turned in to the shelter. Shelters aren’t a great place for puppies and this shelter immediately contacted the rescue group we support, Motley Zoo, who picked up Blue. He was placed in parvo quarantine, he received his first and second round of vaccinations and was neutered, and then he went to live with a foster family before he came to live with us.

Blue and Rodrigo-2
Blue loved us immediately and warmed to our dogs quickly. But it took him 2 weeks to relax in our home. When he realized he would be staying, he turned into the outgoing, crazy puppy who makes us laugh every day.

3. Puppies sold on the side of the road – There is an empty lot in Smokey Point near Target and Costco where dog breeders sell puppies. This was the first year that I noticed people with puppies and as I sat at the traffic light watching people pull over, I wondered: Are the puppies vaccinated? Is it safe for so many strangers to handle the puppies? Do these people understand the size of adult Mastiffs or the energy level of Australian Shepherds? Will the breeders do a home inspection?

And on and on the questions went. I have no idea if these were “reputable breeders,” but I do know that the breeders that I know would not sell their puppies on the side of the road. They take finding homes for their puppies very seriously and their adoption process is very thorough, including educating new dog owners about the breed, not selling puppies as quickly as possible to strangers.

Again, I’m not judging people who breed dogs or choose to buy their puppies from breeders, but personally, I can’t support dog breeding in this current environment of dog rescue. I choose to rescue and support dog rescue and I hope to continue to see more steps taken to put irresponsible breeders out of business.


Kimberly Gauthier

With Mommy Bloggers being all the rage, Kimberly Gauthier writes about dogs and being a Fur Mom. She don't have kids, so she's been on the receiving end of the "it'll happen" statements and looks of pity when people realize that she's made it to the big FOUR OH without conceiving. Fur Mommy Bloggers have a voice too and Gauthier intends to profile her journey with "The Fur Mom" feature on the Girl Power Hour blog. She says, we spoil our kids, we worry about nutrition and we schedule play dates...just as fur mom's do. And let's face it, puppy classes are a lot less spendy than private school. Follow Kimberly on Twitter at @TheFurMom

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  1. [...] When I signed up with Life’s Abundance, I was told that I could build my business how I saw fit and that was perfect, because I wasn’t sure where I was going with Keep the Tail Wagging, which was my priority.  When I started Keep the Tail Wagging, I wanted to promote dog rescue, but also educate people about how to find a reputable breeder.  I felt there was room for both choices.  As the months passed and I learned more about dog rescue, I started to question if I could support dog breeding. [...]

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