|Barked: Mon Nov 18, '13 9:50am PST |
|OK Zombie, now you're on my turf.
Let's talk about German Shepherd breeders. I took Sabi from a BYB. She was my partner, my soul, my life. She died as a result of a horrible, heartbreaking disease that stole her from me one nerve center at a time. I got to watch my beautiful, brave dog stumbling and struggling to follow me. I got to watch her heart break over and over when she couldn't even come for a walk with me anymore. All for the sake of perhaps one of the cheapest genetic tests there is. Had the idiot that I took her from just spent a few dollars to test her parents for DM, he would have known that the pups would be affected. I'm going to bet everything I have that none of the Keystone pups come from tested parents.
Now I wouldn't have traded Sabi for anything, but neither would I wish this fate on anyone or any dog. The greatest dog I have ever put my hands on was stolen from me by a disease that destroyed both of us. Because I promise you I will never be the same person I was. And foolish, heartless or uneducated people will keep this pain alive for me and force me to relive it over and over again.
Now lets talk about my little darling, Shadow. She is only 3 years old but I live day to day with the knowledge that there is a very real possibility that this delightful little girl will leave me all to soon. Shadow has a defective heart. It has to beat to fast to keep up with her. She also has reduced lung function which means even moderate exercise leaves her gasping for air. And she can't see or hear properly, which makes things very scary for her. The icing on this cake is the brain damage which has taken away her ability to cope with even low stress. Training for Shadow is slow, repetitive work. We advance with her one painful inch at a time. She will never run loose, never experience the joys of doggy pals, never get to do a job. Her life will be spent in the controlled, low stress environment I need to provide her. Any guesses where she came from? Let me also share with you that 7 of her 10 littermates never left that garage alive, nor did her mother. Of the 3 others that survived, 2 were destroyed before 6 months of age for health issues and 1 ended up at the local humane society where she was destroyed for aggression issues. Lucky little Shadow ended up with me, and with me she will stay.
Keystone Puppies, if there was any humanity in the world, would be shut down along with all the other commercial puppy factories that sell heartbreak and pain, for the dogs and the loving people who end up with them.
And just so you are aware I personally know several breeders who live mostly hand to mouth because they make nothing breeding dogs responsibly. I know breeders who work fulltime or more and then come home to hours of exercising, grooming, cleaning and playing. Breeding is a labor of love, done right at best they break even. The only people making money on breeding are those doing it wrong, like the ones who supply pet stores.
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