Thursday, April 2, 2009
My own mother is betraying me. She wants to breed our little Papillon/Pomeranian mix to a full Pom. After all the harping I do on irresponsible/ backyard breeders, all the dogs on Craigslist looking for homes, and especially the ones in shelters with their days numbered. She wants to contribute to the out of control population. I'm so pissed at her I could spit. My dad doesn't know quite what to think about the whole prospect.
Mom says she only wants to breed her once and she'd find homes for the puppies because she has friends that would take them. WTF. You don't even know how many puppies she would have. She could have 2, or she could have 12. What the HELL are you planning to do if she has a dozen? I know it's uncommon, but it can happen. And besides that, you'd be taking away homes that could go to animals that are already homeless. On top of that, the economy is in the toilet right now and people are giving up their animals left and right because they can't afford to take care of them. The shelters are more overcrownded than ever and now is NOT the time to be making even more dogs.
Another thing. You bought the dog from Petland. Which means she most likely came from a puppy mill. She has no pedigree, no papers, not even pure bred. She could be fucking inbred for all you know. Mutts happen all the time by accident. The last thing we need is to be making more of them on purpose. And who in their right mind would breed their pedigreed, purebred Pomeranian to your puppy mill mutt? Well, at least I found out why she kept putting off getting her spayed. At first she kept making up excuses like, "She's so small and I don't want them to give her too much anesthesia." Yeah, right.
Your co-workers want a cute, fluffy little puppy? Tell them to go down to Animal Control. Kittens and puppys abound.
Am I my mother's keeper? It really seems like it most the time. I suply the common sense she lacks. Whether or not she listens is another story. I might take her down to the shelter and have one of the staff there talk her out of it if she won't listen to me.