The difference between puppy Mills and breeders

By the formal definition, a puppy mill is a large-scale breeding operation that produces large numbers of puppies for profit.

Not to mention the fact that by most accounts  they are filthy and inhumane. Dogs are stock piled into cages which are unclean and unsanitary,with little nutrition and a lack of veterinary care. Most mills are run by people who care little about the breeding and more about the money. These dogs are kept in heat and are highly unsociable making these dogs miserable.

A breeder on the other hand has a in most cases a license from the AKC ( American Kennel Club) stating that both the parents are registered breeds. This however doesn’t state the quality or the health of the parents just their breeding. Also a breeder has medical histories and x-rays if the particular breed has hip and elbow issues. They should have a warranty and be open to calls and concerns. Paperwork from the AKC stating that the puppies have been registered with a full or limited registration. Full meaning can be bred and participate in performance activities. Limited meaning performance activities only.

My preference is adoption through a clean,well and registered society such as your local humane society or rescue group. You can always get references and complete factual medical history once the pet has been evaluated. Also you get to save a life and make a difference and change the world!


Cloning your best friend?

I was watching television last night and a commercial for  a new series on pet cloning came on.

  I watched how people really idolized their pets through painting and murals on their walls, sat and ate with a picture on their kitchen table and brought their deceased animal through the airports. I felt different emotions as I watched the pain of loss in their faces and the willingness to do whatever it took to get their beloved best friend back. I was however touched at the fact that unconditional love was priceless in their eyes.,they were willing to do anything and everything to heal.

          I work with animals I have been a pet sitter for over six years now and  a dog owner and lover myself,I know when the time for Mocha(our dog) to leave it will be the hardest and most difficult thing in my life. How will I deal with it?cloning ,would it really even make a difference? I couldn’t replace her. Her soft nuzzle,her soft brown eyes as she tells me in her own way how much she loves me. I don’t think even a clone could replace my heart hurt as I would know it wasn’t truly her.

Would I feel the same amount of happiness when my clone sat on my lap as we rode in the car on the way to a client dancing to the music on the radio? Would my clone dog slip under the covers as I worked on my computer and snuggle close to me like I was the pack leader of their dreams?

I know I would want another little soul to snuggle with and talk to when I was in pain or having a bad day but it wouldn’t be Mocha. About 68 % of american s say they would clone their pets but only 8-9 percent have been successful. It is rather expensive and considering how many pets are up for adoption or abandoned it’s in the millions, it seems to me sort of selfish. Are we so obsessive we couldn’t love or give another animal a chance to come into our hearts? I realize the human heart wants what it wants but so many animals need our love.

I am curious to know how many people agree or disagree with me. Cloning of pets is a fairly new choice .What would you choose?

Does your pet have allergies?

Last year I  noticed  my dog chewing her feet or constantly licking them. At first I thought maybe she was being obsessive  and would try to distract her from licking by giving her a toy but it made no difference. I mentioned it to my vet and she said it was a possible allergy to a treat I was giving her. Through trial and error I noticed a big change and found out  my dog was allergic to duck. Everytime I gave her this certain jerky treat she would itch. By paying close attention I was able to eliminate this particular problem. Many dogs have simillar allergies but their causes may be different. Scratching ,redness of the skin or sore spots may be caused by dust mites,dust,pollen or food. It is simillar to” hay fever” in humans.Since dogs ingest these allergens they show up on the skin instead of in the sinus area. Constant licking can create sores and yeast spots making your pet very uncomfortable and possibly in pain. Treatments for these allergies may be a special diet or medication to reduce the symptoms. Pay close attention at what may trigger these episodes and contact your vet.