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Basically, a good video about dog breeds and aggression – with one big problem

The producers of the video below did a pretty good job – on the topic of aggression and dog breeds. Just because a dog happens to be of a particular breed, doesn’t mean he or she will exhibit a particular behavior, aggression or other behaviors. But one major mistake is made in the video. The […]

Video: A look into online puppy sales

A reader, Twitter friend and fellow animal-welfare advocate has requested that I post information about the organization, Purebred Breeders. It took a few seconds to find the following video from HSUS – from December of 2011. Back on December 7, 2011, the Today Show featured a segment about Purebred Breeders, which reportedly covers almost 800 […]

Some dog breeders file lawsuit to block regulations

Apparently, some dog breeders do not want to engage in even minimal welfare standards for welfare practices. As the USDA proposed a move of covering commercial breeders who sell directly to the public under the Animal Welfare Act, some breeders made it clear they do not want to fall under these minimal standards. They have […]

Connecticut city considers ban on puppy and kitten sales in stores

Hartford, Conn. held a second of two public hearing last week on a proposed ban on the sale of puppies and kittens in stores that originate from kitten or puppy mills. The legislation would limit the “sales” to what the Fairfield Patch website calls “humanely sourced puppies.” The article reports one opponent of banning the […]

Wacky Mentality for Nov. 4: Odd statements on breeding and animal welfare

Some people just continue to pull in their thoughts from regions beyond our solar system. This, of course, is assuming intelligent life does not exist beyond the Earth. But then again, intelligent life is limited here too. The Pack News Wire included an editorial posted on HoosierAGToday.com – under the headline: “The Hidden Agenda Behind […]

Local, online poll shows huge support for anti-puppy mill laws

Online polls can be a bit unscientific, the numbers found in a local news station poll this week are incredible. WWAY in Wilmington, NC asked readers if they think North Carolina needs to enact tougher puppy-mill laws. Just up the road from Wilmington, around 100 dogs were recently rescued in a raid on a rural […]

Dispelling a Myth: The phrase ‘puppy mill’ does have a legal definition

I continue to read insane propaganda from those who support puppy mills and those who fight against any and all legislation directed to shutting down more mills. One of the myths circling around websites, message boards and comment sections is the one making the false claim that the phrase ‘puppy mill’ does not have a […]

Two articles – two peculiar statements – on dog racing and puppy sales

Regular visitors to the Pack Mentality Blog know the disdain I have for greyhound racing. So when I read articles about the horrible industry and I see wacky comments from supporters of dog racing, it really gives me the finger-nails-on-the-chalkboard feeling. I’ve read a couple of articles over the last week about a report sponsored […]

Writer agrees with me – big dog shows and popular breed lists are marketing tools

I’m glad I ran across a column earlier today, headlined – “Beware: Westminster Dog Show Picks Will Also Become Puppy-Mill Favorites” – on the Opposing Views website. Phyllis M Daugherty notes Westminster Dog Show this week comes on the heels of the release of the most popular dog breeds by the AKC. And it’s all […]

The Westminster Wolf-Hybrid Show

An Associated Press story about the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show offered some interesting information about one of the two new “breeds” introduced this year – the Treeing Walker Hound. The article notes this hound was “developed from” the Walker Foxhound Virginia Hounds and English Foxhounds. So what does this make the Treeing Walker Hound? […]