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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Sunday's "Living With Your Pet" Tips: Why Never To Buy A Dog Online...

    Fabulous photo of me by John Clark of Clark Creative

This article by one of our favorite holistic veterinarians, Dr. Karen Becker, is a lot longer and more detailed than just a few health and safety tips designed to be ingested ( and perhaps forgotten) in just a few minutes. It's a rather lengthy article that discusses the shocking inbreeding of dogs, that for most of us, goes on behind the scenes, and the dire consequences of that inbreeding for both the dogs and the humans who love and care for them. 

But that's one of the reasons we like Dr. Becker-she goes into great detail explaining and backing up the points she's making with good solid evidence. In this piece, she visits the United Kennel Club's annual show in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and interviews the UKC's president, Wayne Cavenaugh, who's held that position for 13 years. Just in case your time is short, you can always just read the synopsis of the article posted to the right of the full text-and there's also a video of Dr. Becker's interview with Cavenaugh to watch at your leisure.

You'll learn the reasoning and evidence behind the statement "why never to buy a dog online", and better understand why it's never been more true that "If you can't meet the parents, don't buy the puppy."

We hope you enjoy this article and video and would love to hear what you think!


Unknown said...

I don't think we'd ever consider buying a pet on-line. Ever. Have a marvellous Monday.
Best wishes Molly

Marcus Perony said...

I firmly believe that buying a dog online has never been a good move. Yeah, everytime pictures don't speak the reality. To be one of the best pet companion it is must that you study behaviour of your "to be a part of your life" puppy.
Recently, My neighbour bought a puppy online and that puppy was shedding a lot of hair from the day he bring home. And, then he decided to abandon the puppy. To save that soul I asked him to keep it and cure his problem instead of abandoning. So, yeah, always buy a puppy personally and never choose one from random online shop.

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