February was SPAY/NEUTER AWARENESS MONTH. All month long people were blogging about the importance of spaying and neutering pets, but not everyone agrees and not everyone is concerned about not spaying and neutering pets.
|One of many unneutered dogs that end up in our shelters|
The first story is about my sister's beautiful Dalmation, Suki. I want to stress that this happened years ago, and she would never be persuaded like this again. My sister got Suki from a "professional breeder". Suki was apparently show quality but the breeder agreed to sell her to my sister at a pet quality price if my sister would breed her at least once, allow the breeder to show her, and give the breeder pick of the litter of puppies. My sister really wanted Suki and thought having a litter of puppies would be a fun "experience". She was dead wrong.
The breeder's contract stipulated that Suki was not to be indiscriminately bred, the Breeder would provide an appropriate male stud. She cautioned my sister about guarding Suki when she came into heat, explaining that an un-neutered male within a mile or more can scent a dog in heat and would go to great lengths to get to her.
My sister did her best to guard the chastity of her sweet girl. However, while on a potty break in their own backyard an un-neutered neighbor dog jumped their 6 foot fence and mated with her. It happened in what seemed like seconds to my sister, and she couldn't get that dog off Suki!
Poor Suki ended up preggers. She called the breeder, who proceeded to chew her out (pardon the pun) for "not being careful" What was she supposed to do, get a medieval chastity belt for the dog?!
Long story short, she brought Suki to the vet to abort the puppies. The breeder steadfastly insisted on this and made some breach of contract threats - can you believe that?? Apparently, if she had puppies with a mutt she'd be ruined for life.
Something went terribly wrong during surgery and Suki nearly bled to death! Thankfully they were able to save her and had to perform an emergency hysterectomy. Don't even ask about the breeders response to that - Yikes!
In the end Suki was a happy, healthy member of the family bringing joy to everyone for many years! Except that time she jumped up and snatched all the S'mores fixings I had laid out on the kitchen table during a family BBQ - LOL!!! Angel Suki, you are still sorely missed.
|An un-neutered male dog who ended up at the shelter where I volunteer|
Many Veterinarians and breeders state that giant dog breeds shouldn't be spayed until they reach their full height at around 2 years old for purposes of bone and joint growth. They feel that if the dog is spayed/neutered before 1 to 2 years old there is a greater chance of joint issues such as hip dysplasia. I'm not a Veterinary health professional so I'm not qualified to affirm or dispute that.
The couple did their best to keep the two dogs apart, but eventually the inevitable happened and the female ended up pregnant at about a year old. She had beautiful puppies, which the couple decided to sell on the internet (Grrrr!!). The 6 pups were all pre-sold to people the couple had never met.
Adorable videos were posted online for the future parents so they could keep up with the pups' growth. All was well until they were 8 weeks old. The puppies went to their new homes, all except one. The one puppy couldn't go to her new home because she became sick. Very, very sick. After weeks of suffering for the puppy and several thousand dollars in treatment for the owners, the little girl had to be humanely euthanized by their Veterinarian. They couldn't save her.
It was utterly devastating for the couple. They felt so awful and grieved the sweet little puppy so deeply.
|My girl Icy wants everyone to please spay and neuter responsibly|
Having two dogs (or cats) in the same house that are not spayed or neutered is a disaster waiting to happen. It was foolish of the breeder to think the couple above would be able to keep the dogs apart, living under the same roof, for nearly 2 years! The breeder should have advised them to wait until one of the dogs was old enough to spay or neuter before bringing another dog into the household.
|A sweet shelter kitty whose owner had passed away.|
If this resonates with you, you may also like my earlier post on Tens of Thousands of Puppies From One Dog.
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