Monday, March 1, 2010
Responsible Breeder: Lucky Dog
Yesterday I spent a few hours with some dog loving friends at the Silver Bay Kennel Club Dog Show at the Del Mar Fair Grounds. Some people who are deeply committed to dog rescue are not comfortable around dog shows, but I am not among their number. In fact, it seems to me, that as the plight of homeless dogs becomes ever more apparent, the gulf between "Rescue People" and "Show People" is narrowing every so slowly. I found that I could talk rescue with any number of the breeders I met. Some of them are actively involved in breed rescue programs.
As I have previously mentioned, a responsible breeder takes what can only be called a parental interest in all the puppies that they breed and sell. I wish I could say all show breeders rise to this standard. All too many do not. But it is an inspiration to discover one who does. I met just such a breeder yesterday.
As my friends and I were walking by grooming tables, a Bichon breeder told me the tale of the dog she was grooming.
Five years ago, she had sold him as a puppy to a woman she had every reason to believe would be a careful and loving guardian of a dog who requires regular grooming and is temperamentally suited to being a close and amusing companion of their "person".
To her horror, just a few months ago, she discovered that the Bichon puppy she had sold was being kept outdoors in a filthy cage. I will let your imagination fill in the blanks. Not surprisingly, the little dog was suffering from numerous parasites and infections.
"Of course," she told me, "I had to get my dog back."
As I stood listening to her, this dog--now clean, groomed and returning to robust health--responded to my pats, nuzzling against me, displaying all the affection for which his breed is famous.
I once more marveled at the resiliency of dogs. Had his breeder not told me his sad history, I would never have guessed that the little dog who responded to my attention so positively had suffered so cruelly from human neglect.
This little fellow is now ready to be adopted into a new home. His adoption fee is $500.00: a fraction of the veterinary expenses incurred after his rescue. He will need a home where he is not routinely left alone for long hours. If you are interested in adopting an adorable, loving, well-bred Bichon and can provide such a home for him, email me:
portiasmom at live dot com
Or, if you wish to contact the breeder directly, she can be emailed at:
djansey at msn dot com
I want to thank my friends, Dayonne and Charlie for suggesting our excursion to Silver Bay. They are wonderful Dog People. Dayonne used to breed and show German Shepherd Dogs. They are proprietors of A Master's Touch Grooming, which offers both self serve and professional grooming for dogs and cats.