'Twas the weeks
before Christmas and and all through the land,
pups from all over joined
they silently prayed that
all of their kind,
be warm, be loved, be safe
and be fine.
our dogs, this is a given, but, for many who are considered commodities
or just property, they will never know the warm and loving home that a
dedicated and wonderful family can give. We must think about all
those creatures who must live solitary lives in cages for breeding, in
the cold, exposed to the extreme elements and who will never know the comfort
of snuggling with someone who adores them under a warm and cozy blanket.
Please say a silent prayer to those we can not help, but, who are as important
to us as own own beloved pets. Please continue to rescue.
DORG has it's own Holiday
Story to share
with a wonderful ending, and an exciting new beginning for a dog named
Freckles and Hart.
Through the power of
the Internet Freckles found she had relatives, one of whom she would soon
be reunited with.
story began when the October/November issue of DORG went up. Sparky,
DORG's mascot was the cover dog used to bring light to the puppy mill issue
and the genetic nightmares that that can happen as a result of irresponsible
puppy mill breeding practices.
A reader saw Sparky's picture
and saw a resemblance to her dog Freckles, and Sparky. Naturally
someone would say, "what are the odds that they could be related?"
In most cases, slim, but, in this case it was true. Sparky was indeed
related to her.
Freckles owner contacted
DORG asking who Sparky's parents were and we obliged with the information
and from here on out, many people became involved and a very wonderful
outcome was a result of it.
was purchased from a breeder who had the father. The father was bred
and sired a litter and from that litter, two pups, Freckles and Hart were
born. When Freckles and Hart were old enough, they went to their
prospective homes in different parts of the US. The owners of Freckles
adored her the moment they saw her and she quickly became an adored member
of the family and "daddy's" girl. Freckles was happy, carefree and
loving life. Throughout her growing and development, her owners noticed
there was something different with her ability to see, yet she didn't appear
to be hindered in any way.
When Freckle's owner wrote
DORG it began to unravel answers that no one really wanted to hear.
Not only did they find out that the father, Freckles and Hart (her littermate)
came from a line originating from a puppy mill, but, Freckles was found
to be blind in one eye and limited in site in the other, plus some other
problems that were inherited from this line. Here was a year old
little girl, born with some of the same genetic problems that Sparky suffers
from, all because of indiscriminate breeding in her past for money.
father had been purchased by a person who thought they were getting good
breeding dogs. They had the dream of raising nice Dachshunds and
with their breeding facilities being on a small scale, they were able to
give the dogs an environment where they could run and play. Their
only "crime" was not getting their breeding stock from a reputable breeder
who checks for genetic problems and who shows their dogs to gain their
championships where their dogs conform to the AKC standard. Subsequently,
Freckle's breeders bred the father who would unknowingly beget puppies
that carried or showed these genetic problems in the line.
Being suspicious of eye problems,
Freckle's owners took her to an Ophthalmologist to have her eyes tested
where it was determined that Freckles did have sight problems. She
contacted the breeder who then investigated his stud's line. Sure
enough, these dogs had originated from the same lines as Sparky, and they
were in fact, all related and from dogs bred in puppy mills. The
breeder then offered to replace Freckles with another pup from another
line or return their money. They made this offer to both Hart's owner
as well as Freckle's owners, both of whom chose to not take another puppy,
but, to have their money refunded. The owner of Hart made the decision
not to breed him as she had intended, but, to neuter him and place
him in a pet home. Freckle's owners asked if that home could be theirs.
The most wonderful part of
this outcome is that Freckle's breeder recognized the severity of this
and how it would impact so many dogs down the genetic line and took responsibility
and will also be neutering the father. They returned the money to
Freckle's and Hart's owners swiftly and apologized for all they had gone
through emotionally. I must commend these people for being this responsible
and wish that there was more of this type of breeder around.
Responsible breeders who
truly love their dogs and are responsible for them will always stand by
their breeding. They will purchase quality stock that is free from
the genetic problems that can happen, and they continue to watch and check
their lines for problems that can be detected early, such as PRA.
The public should only deal with these type of breeders.
happy outcome to this story is that within a few weeks, Hart will be reunited
with his sister Freckles as his new home. They also found they have a cousin,
Sparky. But, the best part of all this is that because of responsible decisions,
there will be no more blindness passed on to what could have been future
generations since the father and Hart will be neutered. Freckles
had been spayed much earlier so even though these are only three dogs,
it will be a positive impact on the breed.
Thank you for being
responsible and Happy Holidays to Freckles, her family and her extended
family. Her cousin Sparky was pleased to have found her and wishes
for the ultimate gift of "responsibility" when it comes to breeding.