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I am pro-breeder, so what?


I had a “Dominique” moment last week, when I received one too many emails telling me to adopt a rescue dog, and trying to give me a guilt trip if I chose to get a puppy from a breeder.  Since when breeder became a bad word? I am against PUPPY MILLS, BUT I AM PRO BREEDER. Seeing it another way is just plain wrong.

What is a breeder? And I know a few. First, let me get something out of my system right here: if they wanted to become rich, they would have chosen another venue! A breeder story starts with a love story between a human and a specific breed.  The story of a puppy mill owner starts with a love for the dollar sign and a total disregard for the breed , any breed.

When you buy that “finished product”: the perfect puppy, it’s like looking at the ocean, you just see the ocean foam, but there is a world underneath. 

Great puppies became great, far before they were conceived. Both Sire and Dam need constant care – physical and mental – screening for genetic issues, pre-breeding health tests, exercise, and great food. The work which is behind that finished product, that perfect puppy, who  looks at you with those beautiful eyes, is work made out of pure love for these animals. It’s a work that never ends, like raising kids! Training, competitions, worries….  Good puppies come from good parents. A stressed dog might not even be fertile. With the breeding come the numerous visits to the vets, the preparation of the whelping box, the sleepless nights when the pups are born, the visits to the vet before they are ready to go to a new home, and the screening of the new “parents”.

I know what I am talking about, because four years ago, I bred my amazing Labrador Retriever, Lola, with the most amazing dog ever: Honor. Honor is the K9 version of George Clooney as well as being a champion in retrieving. I was not even sure that I would pass the screening to breed Lola with Honor. And no, it was not just a container of sperm and then nothing. The owner or the mom of Honor was so patient with me, answering questions, concerns. I don’t know how she did not lose patience with me. She was there all the way. She is so much part of the family now, that I always send her updates on the pups. The pups are now over 4 years old, still with me, and I just couldn’t let them go with strangers, but that’s another story. Fortunately, I had only 5. I spent sleepless nights; as a matter of fact I did not have a full night of sleep for over a year. And I had only ONE litter!

Therefore, the guilt trip that a lot of rescue organizations try to send to people is wrong. What if we give people the guilt trip because they want to have their own kids instead of adopting? Then you can send those hundreds of emails telling them that there are orphans all over the world, and that it’s just wrong to make a new baby. What would they say to you? MIND YOUR FREAKING OWN BUSINESS! And they would be right. Not everyone is Angelina Jolie, and she did make a few kids on her own anyway.

Let’s just stop that guilt trip, and consider that everyone has a right to make the decision which is right for them?

I rescued some dogs, I bought some, Lola had some puppies, and what I do is not your darn business!

I will never sponsor any puppy mill or pet store selling puppies. There should be more regulations and that’s what we should be fighting about, but let’s stop associating breeder with the bad guys. Breeders are a great breed in themselves, and instead of sending them to hell, we should thank them for being there, and for caring about a breed, and trying to improve it.

In a few words: mind your own business. I am refusing your guilt trip. It was my right to have children grown in my own uterus, and this is my right to get a puppy from a great breeder and raise him or her (OK, I prefer boys, even though I have more girls than guys these days!)

Do you get me?


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