Welcome to Widget Boston’s  

 Located in Texas City, Texas

(formerly of Vancouver, Washington)

We have been breeding and showing quality Boston Terrier's since 1994.  We make every  effort to produce only the most healthy Boston Terriers by breeding only the most healthy Bostons.  All of  our dogs are health and temperament tested with the betterment of the breed foremost in mind. 


Show & Pet puppies occasionally available, health guaranteed.



                So you want to buy a puppy? 

Definition of a Boston Terrier:  

Once you have one you won't settle for anything less

. . .and anything else is less!

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This is but ONE reason why you should never purchase a puppy from a  Pet Store!


A Puppy Buyer's Guide

to help you in your search for a responsible breeder and a healthy puppy...


Occasionally, I have puppies available to good homes.  Since I only have 1 or 2 litters each year, I have compiled a list of reputable breeders in the Washington/Oregon area which I will be more than happy to forward to anyone requesting it.  I have referred several people to various reputable breeders in the past, and have thoroughly enjoyed helping to bring a new baby into someone's world.   To make for a happy, lifelong relationship with your Boston Terrier (or with ANY dog for that matter), I have listed below some key questions which should be asked of the breeder by someone searching for a nice pet for their family.  Someone asked once if questions like this wouldn't offend the breeder.  By all means OFFEND THEM!  The only stupid question is an un-asked one!  Reputable breeders are not offended by questions, they welcome them, and will be happy to answer any and all questions you can come up with.  If they are offended by your questions, you should question them about their puppies and breeding practices all the more.  Also, in my opinion, you should be asked just as many questions about yourself, if not more, by the breeder.  To most breeders, you are not buying a dog, you are applying for the right to take one of their children home.  Please remember that this is no guarantee of or for a puppy, and are just basic questions which in MY opinion should be asked.   Please, by all means, add to this list.  Further, I would like to point out that there is nothing wrong with buying from a private breeder.  Or, as some would call them, backyard breeders. Not all of them are bad. You do however, need to do your homework before you buy, but this homework should also be done with a "reputable" breeder/kennel too.  A reputable breeder will only sell puppies from healthy (health tested) parents, and will offer a worthy health guarantee (not just a week or two either).  Some good breeders offer a guarantee for the life of the dog, while others give a 2 year health guarantee (which is a time-frame by which most genetic defects appear).  PLEASE avoid Puppymills and Pet Stores at all costs!!  NOTE:  Most pet stores are notorious for buying their puppies from Puppymills!!  It is difficult to leave a defenseless animal at these places, but if there are no buyers, then it becomes unprofitable and there is always hope they will quit breeding them.  Reputable breeders do NOT sell puppies to pet stores!!  Puppymill puppies frequently have health & temperament issues that far outweigh the initial savings you make at purchase, and more often than not, the pet store puppy is higher priced than the reputable breeders puppy.  The long term health care for them can be very expensive both to your pocketbook and your heart.  There is a very sad, and beautiful poem about Puppymills at the bottom of this page, and you can find out more about Puppymills at the No Puppymills website.  I also highly recommend anyone searching for a puppy to thoroughly read the Boston Terrier Standard (you can also find the standard for any breed you are interested in on the AKC website).  A good breeder will only breed to the standard, and if you don't know and understand what that is, it will be all the easier for them to deceive you.  

So here is your: 

© Puppy Buyer's Guide:

  1. Responsible breeders do NOT sell puppies thru a pet store!  Purchasing a puppy via a pet store is like playing Russian Roulette.  You may get lucky (and your puppy will be healthy) or you may not.  You are also promoting poor breeding practices and when you bring your puppy home, you only open up room for yet another irresponsibly bred puppy to take its place.  Responsible breeders don't care who has the most cash... they want to know that their puppy is going to a loving home, and where their puppy is going to live.  NEVER buy a puppy from a pet store!!

  2. Attend a dog show.  You can find upcoming dog shows in your area by going to InfoDog.com.  Generally, about a week before the event, they will list the exact time and the ring that Boston's (or the breed you are searching for) will be there.  Go to the show and talk to some of the breeders.  But please be courteous, and don't interrupt them as they're going into the ring.  Most of them will love to talk to you about their wonderful breed, and many have or know of other good breeders who may have puppies available.  Keep in mind, that just because a breeder shows their dogs, does not mean that they only have show dogs to sell.  Additionally,  just because a breeder shows their dogs, does NOT automatically make them reputable.

  3.  If the breeder will only meet you in a store parking lot, you should wonder what they are trying to hide.  You should ALWAYS be able to see the living conditions of both the puppies and the parents.  The puppies and the mother (and their living/sleeping quarters) should be clean and dry, and they should appear completely healthy.  Keep in mind that the mothers do look somewhat lean at this time as she's nursing the puppies, but their coat should be shiny, and their eyes bright and attentive.  The puppies should appear healthy, be clean, playful, and well socialized. They should also LOOK like the breed they are!

  4. The internet is a wonderful tool, though a deceiving one.  Most responsible breeders do not need to advertise their puppies on an internet classified, nor do any that I'm aware of offer a "point and click" purchase of a puppy (and absolutely NONE accept credit cards OR PayPal!)  Buying a puppy sight unseen (or just from photographs) is dangerous.  What you see is not always what you get.  If you cannot physically visit the breeder's home yourself, I highly recommend you locate a friend living in the vicinity to do it for you.  Be sure that the friend you choose is aware of the proper questions to ask and what to look for while they are at the breeders home.

  5. Is the breeder USDA licensed?  If they are, that is a red flag to you that this breeder is a puppymill.  Class A licensing is required by USDA for any breeder who sells puppies to a broker or pet shop.  Puppymills and BYB's do NOT check for genetic problems, nor do they care.  They only want your $$.  Puppymills will generally breed a bitch her very first season, and she will unfortunately wind up living in a 3x3 cage her whole life being bred every single heat after that until she is either dead or doesn't produce anymore litters.  Check out the puppymill link on my home page for more details on them.

  6. Has the breeder sold puppies to pet stores?  Have they sold/given any puppies to another person to sell the puppies for them?  Neither of these scenario's are acceptable.  A responsible breeder wants to KNOW where their puppies are going, who they've been sold to, and who is going to raise them to adulthood.  A responsible breeder wants to check out your references too.  A responsible breeder doesn't care if you have the most money and are first in line, but they DO want to know that you are a responsible person.  

  7. You should be able to see both parents (at the very least, a picture...as some breeders do use outside males). Frequently, the puppies turn out very similar to the parents in size, temperament, and looks.  Is that what you want?

  8. Check out the pedigree. Any reputable breeder has a pedigree on their dogs, at the minimum a 3 generation pedigree. Look for inbreeding. That is when a brother/sister or father/daughter, mother/son have been bred together. Done correctly, this type of breeding can produce some outstanding dogs, but for the average backyard breeder who has no concept of lineage, or the role that genetics will play is taking quite a risk and can create some seriously ill puppies.  Also, just because a puppy has some Champions in his background does NOT mean the breeder is reputable, nor that the puppy is healthy.  There is quite a difference between Champion Sired and Champion bloodlines.  Pretty much any puppy will have a Champion in there bloodline if you go back enough generations, but  even Champion Sired is not a guarantee of quality or health.  Don't let a title fool you into thinking it means the puppies are automatically healthy

  9. Beware of breeders that advertise their puppies as registered with a dog registry other than AKC (American Kennel Club), CKC (Canadian Kennel Club), or UKC (United Kennel Club).  Frequently they will advertise pups as CKC (Continental Kennel Club), and the unknowing buyer thinks they are getting a purebred dog.  Chances are, you are not, but are paying a registered price.  Almost any dog can be registered with the CKC (Continental Kennel Club), and there are numerous other registries popping up every day.  AKC (American Kennel Club), CKC (Canadian Kennel Club), and UKC (United Kennel Club) require strict breeding records be kept, and while their system is not infallible (an unethical breeder can always find ways around a system), it works fairly well, and you can be rather certain that your puppy is purebred if not well bred.

  10. You should also beware of breeders advertising their dogs as Champions, when they are in fact not.  There are a few other registries that offer a Champion title for pets, and though a multiple Champion titleholder is nice, and can show that the dog is an all around Champion, if there is not an AKC title somewhere in the mix, chances are they're feeding you a line.

  11. A preponderance of white on the head and/or body (in Boston Terrier's) and/or blue eyes is NOT a RARE Boston.  Neither is a red, brown, fawn, blue, gray, lilac, etc. RARE.  Studies have shown that the same gene that causes deafness, is also associated with the excessive white and/or blue eyes, and the "off" colors are not an acceptable color per the breed standard.  They can still be registered with AKC, but because of the risk in producing these health/non-standard problems, they should NOT be bred.  While these "off" colors do still make wonderful pets, and even a good breeder will have them show up occasionally in a litter, a breeder trying to sell you a Boston as RARE because of their color, markings, or eye color is NOT a breeder to be trusted!  They simply want you to believe that their puppy is worth the exorbitant price they are asking for it.  

  12. There is no such thing as "show markings" on a Boston.  Don't fall for a breeder who advertises their dogs as show quality because of the markings.  A Boston's markings are merely icing on the cake.  If the dog is not structurally sound to begin with, no amount of markings are going to make him show-worthy.  If you are looking for a Boston to show in conformation events, chances are you will not find it among a litter bred by breeder who does not show their dogs.  You would be far better off locating a breeder who does show their dogs, and purchase a show quality puppy from them.  If your interest is genuine, this same breeder will very likely become a willing mentor to teach you the in's and out's of the show ring, and assist you and your Boston in your quest to fame.

  13. If you checked the BTCA link above regarding the standard, you will have found that a Boston does have a short muzzle.  A breeder who advertises that their Boston's have longer noses so they don't have breathing problems is not being truthful.  This is generally their way of justifying the breeding of their pet.  Having a longer nose does NOT reduce breathing problems.  Boston's are a Brachycephalic (short nose) breed, and hence they do snort and snore a lot.  Stenotic nares and/or an elongated soft palate can be found in any breed, including Golden Retriever's.  But a good breeder who is breeding to the standard does NOT produce a long nose Boston, nor do their short nose Boston's have breathing problems.  

  14. A breeder's occupation is not an indicator of good breeding practices.  Just because a breeder is a nurse, doctor, veterinary technician, or even a veterinarian for that matter, does NOT necessarily make them a good breeder.  A good breeder not only certifies their breeding dogs are healthy with the proper genetic tests, they also breed to the standard.  Their occupation has nothing to do with it.

  15. Is this breeder willing to sell you a puppy on full registration?  Why are they doing this?  A reputable breeder does not sell a pet quality puppy like this.  A good breeder calls a puppy pet quality for a reason.  There is a flaw (albeit usually just a nominal one) that marks it as non-show quality.  This same flaw in all likelihood should also mark it as non-BREEDING quality.  If they are selling a pet quality puppy and are willing to let you (or any Tom, Dick, or Harry) breed this puppy at some time in the future, they are willingly contributing to the thousands of homeless dogs that are filling the shelters today.  A good breeder will NOT sell a puppy as a "good breeding dog".

  16. How long have they been breeding?  How many females does the breeder have?  How many litters has this breeder had?  How often is the female bred?  If the female is 3 years old, and has had 6 litters, they are being over-bred (in my opinion!).  Generally speaking, most breeders will not allow their bitch to have more than 4 litters.  If puppies always seem to be available you can bet it's become a lucrative business and the puppies are just merchandise. If checking the newspaper ads (if you must), browse over the other breeds and take note of phone numbers and/or addresses.  Are there several repetitions?

  17. How old are the dogs they are breeding?  Dogs (males) are used for stud up until they are 9 to 10 years old, sometimes even older, but most good breeders will not breed a bitch over 6 years of age.  The reverse side of this coin is how young are the breeding dogs.  A bitch bred before she is at least a year old is still a puppy herself, and should not be bred, and in my opinion, a male should also be at least that age.  Some health certifications are not valid until a dog is at least one year old, and they should not be bred before they have passed all of their certifications.  

  18. The breeder should also give you a WRITTEN guarantee on the puppy, NOT VERBAL.  Any health problems should either be paid for by the breeder, a partial refund of your purchase price be given, or they will exchange the puppy... Preferably YOUR choice, not theirs! (Unfortunately,  the choice guarantee is not always an option, but there are some breeders that will give this choice).  Each breeder's guarantee is different, so be sure you understand exactly what and how they will warrantee the puppy before you sign any documents.  Also, keep in mind that many genetic problems do not appear until the puppy is an adult of 1, 2, or even 3 years old.  The guarantee should cover no less than a one year period for genetic defects.  The puppy should also have ALL of his/her puppy shots, and been wormed.   A health certificate is required by most states prior to selling a puppy, and it is ALWAYS required when shipping a puppy, so don't be fooled into thinking it's a healthy puppy just because it has been given a health certificate.  There are unethical veterinarians, just as there are unethical breeders.  

  19. A good breeder will also have run the proper genetic health tests that are available to ensure the breeding dogs are free from genetic defects, and thereby (hopefully) so are their puppies.  A certificate is issued when the dog passes these tests, and the breeder should provide a copy of these certificates to you.  The tests that are most common for Boston Terrier's is CERF (eyes), OFA- LP (luxating patella), BAER (hearing), and OFA (hips).  Keep in mind that the majority of these tests are only valid for a certain period of time.  BAER testing is once in a lifetime, and OFA (both) is every 2 years after 1 year of age.  CERF testing is annual, and can be performed on an 8 week old puppy.  But just because a female was tested 2 years ago for juvenile cataracts, does not mean she doesn't have them today, so always check the date on the certificates.  These genetic problems can cost thousands to correct, and unless you have some type of guarantee in writing, YOU pay the vet bill.  Granted, these tests are NOT a guarantee that your puppy will never develop these genetic problems, but they DO greatly reduce the risk of them ever showing up.

  20. Many breeders will make a sweeping statement regarding their dogs health.  Their "vet says the dog is healthy", the "vet says they are wonderful Boston's", their "friend says they could be show dogs".  These are all examples of excuses a backyard breeder makes to help justify the breeding of their pets without the proper genetic tests.  Ninety nine times out of one hundred, the vet has no clue what a properly bred Boston should look like, nor does their friend.  Most of the genetic tests cannot be performed by a regular veterinarian, so he cannot certify that the dogs do not have a genetic problem.

  21. "I'm not a breeder" is commonly used by people who have allowed their female to get pregnant.  One litter MAKES them a breeder, whether they like it or not.  And as a breeder, you should expect everything from them as a first time breeder as you would expect from a breeder who has been breeding for 30+ years!  There are NO excuses for irresponsible breeding!!

  22. Get references from the breeder.  Most reputable breeders will have a list of several people who have purchased puppies from them.  Call the references, and ask about the health of their puppy and satisfaction with the breeder.

  23. Why is the breeder breeding?  Because they want to scatter Fido's good looks and charm around?  Did they just want to educate their children?  Do they state they only want to provide nice "pets" for their friends and family?  Did they never bother to spay or neuter, and an "accident" happened?  Or do they truly care about the Boston breed, are trying to better the breed, and are striving to breed for the PERFECT Boston?

  24. Find out who the breeder's veterinarian is, and CALL THEM. Most Vet's will be able to tell you yes or no if the parents are generally healthy and if they're brought in for regular care.  They also should have seen the puppies at least a couple times, and would know if the puppies are healthy in general.  They are also another ideal contact on "who" has any puppies available.

  25. Do you feel comfortable with this breeder, or are you kept at arms length?  Do you feel they are answering your questions honestly?  Could you consider this person a friend you can call with a really DUMB question?  We all have dumb questions now and then.  Can you call them after the sale and expect answers to your questions?  Is each litter special in some way?  Will they help in training and grooming if you need it?  Will they show you how to clip nails, brush out the coat properly, or make a correction to an uppity puppy if you need that kind of help?  Are they willing to take the puppy back if at any time you are unable to keep it?

  26. I have noticed a recent trend towards some breeder's releasing puppies to new homes before they are 8 weeks old.  Some even at 5 weeks.   This is a VERY important period for puppies.  Puppies of that age are still learning to eat solid food, and are learning socialization from their mother and littermates.   Many good breeders won't release puppies to new homes until they are at least 10 weeks, and quite often even longer.  Use caution, as frequently, their desire for you to take the puppy earlier than 8 weeks is an indication that they are a puppymill, or at the very least a poor and uncaring breeder.  They either need the room for the next batch of unfortunate puppies, or all too frequently they are just tired of the mess and smell.  A good breeder does not EVER tire of having puppies around their house!  I would really question a breeder who requires you to take a puppy prior to 8 weeks old.  More and more states are initiating laws making it illegal to release a puppy prior to that age, and some are even making it illegal to purchase one that young.  Check the laws in your state before removing a young puppy from its mother.

  27. Most reputable breeders will only sell a pet quality dog on a spay/neuter contract and/or a limited registration.  A spay/neuter contract requires you to have the dog spayed/neutered by a certain date.  Occasionally the breeder will ask for an additional fee that is refunded to you on proof of the spay/neuter.  A limited registration means that the dog could potentially be bred, but any resulting litter is ineligible for AKC registration.  Because of the increase in sub-standard registries, and the fact that the majority of them will register a dog whether it's purebred or not, the extra fee spay/neuter contract is becoming more popular than the limited registration.  There are even some breeders that are requiring both the extra fee PLUS the limited registration simply to help ensure that their dogs are not bred indiscriminately.  Do not be surprised if the breeder withholds any registration documents until proof of spay/neuter.  A good breeder has worked many hours and often invested years of pedigree research in their breeding program.  Holding the registration papers is merely their way of protecting the puppy and their bloodline. 

  28. If you are buying a pet, PLEASE have your pet SPAYED OR NEUTERED!  Statistics show that spayed/neutered pets actually live longer, and have fewer health problems than intact dogs.  

  29. Consider a rescue Boston.  They do sometimes come with emotional or health issues, but more often than not, they just need the opportunity to have and be a part of a loving family that cares about them.  Contact the Boston Terrier Club of America or your local Boston Terrier or breed club for a rescue contact, or check with your local Humane Society.  

  30. Don't fall for that "someone else is looking at this puppy" spiel.  If they're willing to let that puppy go to the highest or fastest bidder, they are not someone you want to deal with.  A good breeder will care more about where their puppies go than how fast you can pull out your wallet.

  31. Don't make a snap decision.  Talk to the breeder, view their dogs, discuss any questions you have, then leave.  Allow yourself at least a day to think it through.  Did they answer your questions with confidence and knowledge?  Did they question you as much or more than you did them?  Make a list of everything that you thought was good about the breeder and their puppies.  Then make a list of what you didn't like or had more questions about.  Which list is longer?  Call the breeder and if they can't answer the questions on your list, avoid some of the questions, or give evasive answers to them, look for another breeder.  

  32. Last but most assuredly not least, be absolutely sure that you will be able to care for a puppy.  Who will care for it?  Bathing, feeding, loving, playing, training, health care, etc. are all important factors to consider.  Don't expect your 5 year old to take over complete care of this new addition to your family.  Children frequently get bored with a puppy after the newness wears off.  If YOU aren't willing to take on the above responsibilities, you may want to reconsider getting a puppy.  This is a LIFETIME commitment, you are not just borrowing a puppy for a few weeks or years.  Boston's have an average life span of 12-14 years.  Be SURE that this is what you want.  Shelter's are full of puppies that are no longer wanted, please don't add to the problem.

I have hopes that this will help promote more responsible and better informed puppy buyers.  Please keep in mind, that these are questions that I have asked, and been asked, and only you can tell if the right answer has been given.  The choice in the end, is of course yours.  

One last word of advice... if you contact a breeder via email, it would be in your best interest to include more than the 5 word phrase "do you have any puppies".  You don't need to give a 10 page essay about yourself, but you will receive far more responses if you give at least a little information about your family and your search for a puppy.  Your name at the end is also a nice touch.  At least then the breeder knows who they're talking to.

If anyone feels an important question has been missed, and should be added to this list, please e-mail me and I will include it here.




Christmas Puppies


How Could You?

By Jim Willis


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I put dogs in the gas chamber
Date: 2006-08-16, 12:03PM EDT (author unknown)

Yes, I Gas Dogs and Cats for a Living.
I'm an Animal Control officer in a very small town in central North Carolina.  I'm in my mid thirties, and have been working for the town in different positions since high school. There is not much work here, and working for the county provides good pay and benefits for a person like me without a higher education. I'm the person you all write about how horrible I am. I'm the one that gasses the dogs and cats and makes them suffer. I'm the one that pulls their dead corpses out smelling of Carbon Monoxide and throws them into green plastic bags. But I'm also the one that hates my job and hates what I have to do. First off, all you people out there that judge me, don't. God is judging me, and I know I'm going to Hell. Yes, I'm going to hell. I wont lie, it's despicable, cold, cruel and I feel like a serial killer. I'm not all to blame, if the law would mandate spay and neuter, lots of these dogs and cats wouldn't be here for me to gas. I'm the devil, I know it, but I want you people to see that there is another side to me the devil Gas Chamber man. 

The shelter usually gasses on Friday morning. Friday's are the day that most people look forward to, this is the day that I hate, and wish that time will stand still on Thursday night. Thursday night, late, after nobody's around, my friend and I go through a fast food line, and buy 50 dollars worth of cheeseburgers and fries, and chicken. I'm not allowed to feed the dogs on Thursday, for I'm told that they will make a mess in the gas chamber, and why waste the food. So, Thursday night, with the lights still closed, I go into the saddest room that anyone can every imagine, and let all the doomed dogs out out their cages. I have never been bit, and in all my years doing this, the dogs have never fought over the food. My buddy and I, open each wrapper of cheeseburger and chicken sandwich, and feed them to the skinny, starving dogs. They swallow the food so fast, that I don't believe they even taste it. There tails are wagging, and some don't even go for the food, they roll on their backs wanting a scratch on their bellies. They start running, jumping and kissing me and my buddy. They go back to their food, and come back to us. All their eyes are on us with such trust and hope, and their tails wag so fast, that I have come out with black and blues on my thighs.. They devour the food, then it's time for them to devour some love and peace. My buddy and I sit down on the dirty, pee stained concrete floor, and we let the dogs jump on us. They lick us, they put their butts in the air to play, and they play with each other. Some lick each other, but most are glued on me and my buddy. I look into the eyes of each dog. I give each dog a name. They will not die without a name. I give each dog 5 minutes of unconditional love and touch. I talk to them, and tell them that I'm so sorry that tomorrow they will die a gruesome, long, torturous death at the hands of me in the gas chamber. Some tilt their heads to try to understand. I tell them, that they will be in a better place, and I beg them not to hate me. I tell them that I know I'm going to hell, but they will all be playing with all the dogs and cats in heaven. After about 30 minutes, I take each dog individually, into their feces filled concrete jail cell, and pet them and scratch them under their chins. Some give me their paw, and I just want to die. I just want to die. I close the jail cell on each dog, and ask them to forgive me. As my buddy and I are walking out, we watch as every dog is smiling at us and them don't even move their heads. They will sleep, with a full belly, and a false sense of security. As we walk out of the doomed dog room, my buddy and I go to the cat room. We take our box, and put the very friendly kittens and pregnant cats in our box. The shelter doesn't keep tabs on the cats, like they do the dogs. As I hand pick which cats are going to make it out, I feel like I'm playing God, deciding whose going to live and die. We take the cats into my truck, and put them on blankets in the back. Usually, as soon as we start to drive away, there are purring cats sitting on our necks or rubbing against us. My buddy and I take our one way two hour trip to a county that is very wealthy and they use injection to kill animals. We go to exclusive neighborhoods, and let one or two cats out at a time.  They don't want to run, they want to stay with us. We shoo them away, which makes me feel sad. I tell them that these rich people will adopt them, and if worse comes to worse and they do get put down, they will be put down with a painless needle being cradled by a loving veterinarian. After the last cat is free, we drive back to our town. It's about 5 in the morning now, about two hours until I have to gas my best friends. I go home, take a shower, take my 4 anti-anxiety pills and drive to work.. I don't eat, I can't eat. It's now time, to put these animals in the gas chamber. I put my ear plugs in, and when I go to the collect the dogs, the dogs are so excited to see me, that they jump up to kiss me and think they are going to play. I put them in the rolling cage and take them to the gas chamber. They know. They just know. They can smell the death.. They can smell the fear. They start whimpering, the second I put them in the box. The boss tells me to squeeze in as many as I can to save on gas. He watches. He knows I hate him, he knows I hate my job. I do as I'm told. He watches until all the dogs, and cats (thrown in together) are fighting and screaming. The sounds is very muffled to me because of my ear plugs. He walks out, I turn the gas on, and walk out. I walk out as fast as I can. I walk into the bathroom, and I take a pin and draw blood from my hand. Why? The pain and blood takes my brain off of what I just did. In 40 minutes, I have to go back and unload the dead animals. I pray that none survived, which happens when I overstuff the chamber.  

I  pull them out with thick gloves, and the smell of carbon monoxide makes me sick. So does the vomit and blood, and all the bowel movements. I pull them out, put them in plastic bags. They are in heaven now, I tell myself. I then start cleaning up the mess, the mess, that YOU PEOPLE are creating by not spay or neutering your animals. The mess that YOU PEOPLE are creating by not demanding that a vet come in and do this humanely. You ARE THE TAXPAYERS, DEMAND that this practice STOP!  So, don't call me the monster, the devil, the gasser, call the politicians, the shelter directors, and the county people the devil. Heck, call the governor, tell him to make it stop. As usual, I will take sleeping pills tonight to drown out the screams I heard in the past, before I discovered the ear plugs. I will jump and twitch in my sleep, and I believe I'm starting to hallucinate. This is my life. Don't judge me. 

Believe me, I judge myself enough  



Puppy Mill Dogs

How Much Is That Puppy In The Window?

My bones ache, my muscles sore, so tired I have grown,
I sit within the small confines of this tiny cage I call home.

Many friends surround me, lots of different breeds, 

They too share my aches and pains, with no humans to tend our needs.

I am a bitch or so they call me, I hear its not a bad name,
Lots of puppies I have whelped, to them its just a game.

I sit and watch day after day, so many puppies being born,
Where do they go, what happens to them, when from their Moms they're torn?

I can see the grass growing tall and green, I long to sniff and feel it.
I've never walked upon that field nor have they let me near it.

Instead I walk upon this screen so hard, so rough so cold.
My feet ache, my toes are sore, I'm exhausted and feel so old.

My friends have told they lived in places, long before this one.  

Where humans touched them every day and with children they could run.

I long to have just one human pet and kiss me, and maybe play a game.  

I know it will never happen, but I wish it all the same.

Instead they bring another dog and toss him in with me,
Another litter I must bear, there's no end that I can see.

The little girl that sits beside me, cried out the other day,
She screamed out loud then limp she went and the pups were taken away.

She was gone but just a day, when her sister was beside me,
she too had some more puppies, so small and weak and tiny.

The other day they came and checked me, while my puppies were being born, 

"This ones too big, there's no use now, her insides are too torn"

The scooped me up, it hurt so bad, the blood was everywhere,
They never tried to help me, they didn't seem to care.

They took me to that big green field, and laid me on the ground, 

The smell was heaven, and the ground so soft, I tried to look around.

They covered me with more soft soil, I had nothing to fear.
I closed my eyes and just relaxed, I knew the end was near.

No longer do I imagine the feel of human touch,
or how it feels to run and play, here I have so much.

There is a great big colored bridge, and fields that go forever, 

I'm happy, I'm home, I'm someone's friend, it couldn't get much better.

Written By:
Kathy Coffman
BayCrest Akitas



The Backyard Breeders' and Puppy Millers' Big Book of Old Excuses
© Denna Pace 2001

1. When called on bad breeding practices, ALWAYS claim that you are merely an innocent posting as a favor to a friend or family member.

2. Point out that everybody you know breeds this way, therefore it must be okay.

3. Claim that "snobby show breeders" are only criticizing you because they want to corner the market on puppy profit.

4. Claim that a Champion in the pedigree is just as good as 56 Champions in the pedigree. Not that it matters, because you doubt that there is such a thing as a dog with 56 champions in the pedigree.

5. Claim that you are just trying to produce good pets, therefore good pets are all you need for breeding.

6. When asked about health testing, enthusiastically point out that your bitch had a health checkup before breeding.

7. Be sure to mention that you do not need to run such health tests as OFA, CERF, thyroid, cardiac, patella, etc., because your dogs look healthy and had no visible problems at their last vet checkup.

8. Point out that these tests cost too much and would cut into your profit margin. Be sure to champion the right of poor people to breed dogs.

9. Confidently assure worried rescuers that no puppy you produce, or any of their puppies or grand puppies or great-grandpuppies will end up in shelters because you have a bunch of friends who have told you that they'd like a pup from your bitch.

10. Point out that you don't need Championships or working titles on your dogs because you are breeding for temperament and your dog is really sweet.

11. Silence those annoying people who ask about your health guarantee by assuring them that buyers can return any sick puppies and you will replace it with another pup as long as it got sick within a certain amount of time of sale and as long as you don't think the buyer did something to make the puppy sick.

12. If your breed or line is rare (or you have a "rare" color, or believe
your breed or color is rare), be sure to remind everyone that you do not
need to show, temperament test, or health test your breeding stock because you are doing the world a service by continuing this "rare" breed/color/line.

13. No matter what anyone else says, claim that you obviously know what you are doing because you've been breeding for a long time. Point to the hundreds of puppies you've pumped out over the years as proof.

14. If this is your first attempt at breeding, make sure to remind everyone that you HAVE to breed your dog because how else are you going to learn how to breed?

15. Assure everyone that your dog does not need to be shown because you were assured by someone at Petsmart/the park/the vet's office/a friend that your dog is a perfect example of the breed.

16. Always remember that "rare" colors, oversized or undersized dogs, and mixes of popular breeds are great selling points. Anyone who doesn't think so is obviously not in tune with their customers' wishes.

17. Claim that your dogs are better because they are not inbred, as
inbreeding obviously produces sick/stupid/deformed dogs. If breeding poo [as in "Cock-a-Poo," "Peek-a-Poo," etc.] dogs or other mutts, always point to "hybrid vigor" as proof of your dogs' superiority.

18. Remind everyone that you do not need a waiting list because your puppies are cute.

19. Assure everyone that your puppies will not end up in shelters because they are cute.

20. Claim that YOUR breed never ends up in shelters in your area, therefore your puppies will never end up in shelters.

21. If asked why you think your dogs are breeding quality, point out that they "have papers." Extra points awarded for using the phrase "AKC Certified." Double points if those papers come from the Continental Kennel Club.

22. If you sell a sick puppy, always blame the owners for making it sick. If the owners are clearly not responsible, blame their vet. (see #11)

23. If presented with irrefutable evidence proving you wrong on any excuses you have used, pretend your server did not receive the post/e-mail.

24. Claim that none of the rules of ethical breeding apply to you because you only intend to have one litter and therefore aren't a "real" breeder.

25. If all else fails, tell everyone who criticizes you to "get a life."

Written by Denna Pace . It was compiled by reading the horrible BYB ads on rec.pets.dogs.breed. Please credit when quoting.




Hello: You have reached 123-4567, Tender Hearts Rescue. Due to the high volume of calls we have been receiving, please listen closely to the following options and choose the one that best describes you or your situation:

Press 1 if you have a 10-year-old dog and your 15-year-old son has suddenly become allergic and you need to find the dog a new home right away.

Press 2 if you are moving today and need to immediately place your 150 pound, 8-year-old dog.

Press 3 if you have three dogs, had a baby and want to get rid of your dogs because you are the! only person in the world to have a baby and dogs at the same time.

Press 4 if you just got a brand new puppy and your old dog is having problems adjusting so you want to get rid of the old one right away.

Press 5 if your little puppy has grown up and is no longer small and cute and you want to trade it in for a new model.

Press 6 if you want an unpaid volunteer to come to your home TODAY and pick up the dog you no longer want.

Press 7 if you have been feeding and caring for a "stray" for the last three years, are moving and suddenly determine it's not your dog.

Press 8 if your dog is sick and needs a vet but you need the money for your vacation.

Press 9 if you are elderly and want to adopt a cute puppy who is not active and is going to outlive you.

Press 10 if your relative has died and you don't want to care for their elderly dog because it doesn't fit your lifestyle.

Press 14 if you are calling at 6 a.m. to make sure you wake me up before I have to go to work so you can drop a dog off on your way to work.

Press 15 to leave us an anonymous garbled message, letting us know you have left a dog in our yard in the middle of January, which is in fact, better than just leaving the dog with no message.

Press 16 if you are going to get angry because we are not going to take your dog that you have had for fifteen years, because it is not our responsibility.

Press 17 if you are going to threaten to take your ten year old dog to be euthanized because I won't take it.

Press 18 if you're going to get angry because the volunteers had the audacity to go on vacation and leave the dogs in care of a trusted volunteer who is not authorized to take your personal pet.

Press 19 if you want one of our PERFECTLY trained, housebroken, kid and cat friendly purebred dogs that we have an abundance of.

Press 20 if you want us to take your dog that has a slight aggression problem, i.e. has only bitten a few people and killed your neighbor's cats.

Press 21 if you have already called once and been told we don't take personal surrenders but thought you would get a different person this time with a different answer.

Press 22 if you want us to use space that would go to a stray to board your personal dog while you are on vacation, free of charge, of course.

Press 23 if it is Christmas Eve or Easter morning and you want me to deliver an eight week old puppy to your house by 6:30 am before your kids wake up.

Press 24 if you have bought your children a duckling, chick or baby bunny for Easter and it is now Christmas and no longer cute.

Press 25 if you want us to take your female dog who has already had ten litters, but we can't spay her because she is pregnant again and it is against your religion.

Press 26 if you're lying to make one of our younger volunteers feel bad and take your personal pet off your hands.

Press 27 if your cat is biting and not using the litter box because it is declawed, but are not willing to accept the responsibility that the cat's behavior is altered because of your nice furniture.

Press 28 if your two year old male dog is marking all over your house but you just haven't gotten around to having him neutered.

Press 29 if you previously had an outdoor only dog and are calling because she is suddenly pregnant.

Press 30 if you have done "everything" to housebreak your dog and have had no success but you don't want to crate the dog because it is cruel.

Press 31 if you didn't listen to the message asking for an evening phone number and you left your work number when all volunteers are also working and you are angry because no one called you back.

Press 32 if you need a puppy immediately and cannot wait because today is your daughter's birthday and you forgot when she was born.

Press 33 if your dog's coat doesn't match your new furniture and you need a different color or breed.

Press 34 if your new love doesn't like your dog and you are too stupid to get rid of the new friend (who will dump you in the next month anyway) instead of the dog.

Press 35 if you went through all these 'options' and didn't hear enough. This press will connect you to the sounds of tears being shed by one of our volunteers who is holding a discarded old dog while the vet mercifully frees him from the grief of missing his family.

~Author Unknown




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