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Ten Things People Believe About Dog Breeders (That Simply Are Not True)

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | 31 comments

Ten Things People Believe About Dog Breeders (That Simply Are Not True)

When I created ILRDB in 2012, my intention was to provide a place for breeders, rescuers, and all manner of pet owners in between to discuss controversial issues that affect the dog community. Though we try to cover a variety of topics in our posts, the same issues tend to be brought up repeatedly on ILRDB by people who, it seems, don’t understand exactly what it is that dog breeders do. And so here we have the follow-up to our previous post about misconceptions that people have about service dogs. ILRDB is proud to present: Ten Things People...

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Hating Dog Breeders Is Cool Now

Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | 20 comments

Hating Dog Breeders Is Cool Now

In case you haven’t already heard, the domain name registration and web hosting company Go Daddy has released a commercial that, perhaps inadvertently, paints a bad picture of dog breeders.  The commercial, which is certainly doing its job and getting the amount of attention that the company would have hoped for, is creating waves in the dog community. But if nothing else, the conversations that accompany this ad shines light on the fact that the public perception of dog breeders is steadily worsening. And we need to do something about it...

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Alienating the Customer: Why the Dog Fancy Doesn’t Do Good Business

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

Alienating the Customer: Why the Dog Fancy Doesn’t Do Good Business

A year ago, I purchased my first DSLR camera on a whim and decided that I was going to be an amateur photographer. I ordered the camera and a few interchangeable lenses that had decent reviews on Amazon. It took a minimal amount of research for me to figure out how to get everything I needed to take the first picture, and when I finally had it all together I started snapping photos. Anyone who knows anything about photography can probably guess what happened next: I discovered there was a lot more to taking good pictures than pointing the...

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Terminal Illness and the General Public

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Animal Activism, Dog Ownership, Dog Rescue, Propaganda | 4 comments

Terminal Illness and the General Public

Today’s post is not a happy one. We are going to talk about terminal illness. This is my eight-year-old Xoloitzcuintli, Pete. He has a terminal illness called tonsillar squamous cell carcinoma. That is a skin cancer that originated in his tonsils. It has since metastasized to other parts of his body. Initially he was given three months to live, but he was diagnosed in December of 2013 and is still here. As you can see from the photo, the only physical indication that he is not well is the fairly large tumor on his throat. The presence of this...

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Ten Things People Believe About Service Dogs (That Simply Are Not True)

Posted by on Aug 23, 2014 in Uncategorized | 85 comments

Ten Things People Believe About Service Dogs (That Simply Are Not True)

In general people understand the concept of a service dog. If you’re only ever heard of service dogs, you probably imagine a dog, most likely a Golden Retriever or German Shepherd Dog, wearing a vest and guide handle, guiding a blind man through busy intersections in New York City. While this image is most likely applicable to some service dog handlers, it certainly is not a depiction of all handlers. Service dogs and their handlers come in a variety of shapes, sizes, backgrounds, and disabilities. This is why ILRDB is proud to present Ten...

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The Rescue Religion

Posted by on Jul 28, 2014 in Animal Activism, Dog Breeding, Dog Ownership, Dog Rescue, Propaganda | 20 comments

The Rescue Religion

Editor’s Note: For the sake of clarity, the people referred to in this article as “the enemy” are those who hate dog breeders and treat rescue like a religion.  This is NOT a commentary on rescues in general.  ILRDB has always and will always support rescuers just as we support dog breeders. Somewhere in the sleepy recess of partial consciousness that comes with having heated Facebook arguments at midnight, I walked into a “breeder vs. rescue” debate last night. The thing I hate about this debate is not that it happens- I...

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Dogs Should Only Be Bred With A Purpose

Posted by on Jun 28, 2014 in Dog Breeding, Dog Ownership, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Dogs Should Only Be Bred With A Purpose

I want to talk about what it means to breed with a “purpose”. There are a lot of people who frequent I Love Responsible Dog Breeders who are very, VERY passionate about working dogs, sport dogs and performance breeds and to those people I tip my hat. It takes a very motivated and dedicated person (and dog) to be truly successful in working trials and obedience competitions, dock diving, earth dog trials, fly ball, I could go on forever. And I would be remiss to not mention the thousands of hours service and guide dogs and their...

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Doodle or Don’t

Posted by on May 31, 2014 in Dog Breeding, Dog Ownership, Dog Rescue | Comments Off

Doodle or Don’t

A few years ago, a good friend of mine (we’ll call her Jen) suffered a horrible loss when her beloved Bichonpoo was snatched out of her yard by a coyote. Jen was devastated. We stayed up all night making a Facebook page and website to track down the missing dog, but we all knew what had likely happened. It took several months, but Jen and her family eventually decided that they were ready for a new dog. Jen had her mind set on a Goldendoodle. As soon as she told me this, I cringed and said “But that’s just a mutt”. She replied, “Yes, but I...

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We’re All Damaging Dog Ownership

Posted by on May 4, 2014 in Animal Activism, Dog Breeding, Dog Ownership, Propaganda | Comments Off

We’re All Damaging Dog Ownership

Reputable breeders are reputable because they care: They perform the necessary health tests for their breeding dogs. They spend a ridiculous sum of money toting those dogs around the country to compete in conformation and working trials to prove that the dog is a good example of their breed. Reputable breeders screen prospective owners and keep in touch with those owners for the life of their puppies. They require spay and neuter contracts, limited registration, and co-ownership in cases where the owner may want to show or breed the dog they...

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An Open Letter to Honda

Posted by on Apr 24, 2014 in Dog Ownership | Comments Off

An Open Letter to Honda

Dear Honda, Two days ago I walked out of a dealership crying. Frustration and exhaustion got the best of me. I felt like a fool. I am one person among millions and well aware of that but just once I want to be the one screaming loud enough to heard. When my first car, a perpetual hanger queen, unexpectedly died, I was desperate to replace it with something more reliable. I ended up with a Honda Element. At 5 feet and 11 inches with more waist than leg, I can sit in the driver’s seat of a fraction of the vehicles on the market. As a dog lover...

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