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Puppy Love

I’m watching Tori and Dean on Oxygen (don’t judge) and this commercial just came on. Every time I see this, I cry just as hard as the first time I saw it. It’s kind of like those old Hallmark commercials. I’ve always supported the ASPCA but I swear to God, I think I call in and donate every time this airs.

As some of you know, I have a purebred dog. And she’s not just purebred, she’s a show dog. I never set out to get involved with dog shows, but they were part of the deal with getting her. And, by the way, I got her from a responsible breeder, not a puppy mill. Gracie was part of a planned breeding—not the product of a crazy one-night stand. Well, it sort of was, I guess. But it wasn’t sleezy!

I had a lot of misconceptions about the dogs and the people but as I’ve gotten more involved, I’m impressed with how much the breeders, handlers, judges and owners love their dogs—and dogs in general. Of course, just like anything else, there are exceptions, but they’re very rare. These dogs are healthy, clean and spoiled rotten! And when they’re done doing their Jon Benet, they’re allowed to be dogs.

I struggle with the fact that I can’t have Gracie spayed while we’re showing her—the whole point is to show off breeding stock— since I’ve always been responsible about having my dogs spayed or neutered, not just to prevent unwanted puppies but because it’s healthier for the dogs.

I think I feel guilty about spending so much money on a dog when there are millions of lovely, wonderful dogs (and cats) in shelters who need love too. My last dog, Callie, was from the shelter, and she’s actually the reason I went on the hunt for Gracie. Callie was the same breed—Samoyed—and was the sweetest, most-loving dog in the world. She was totally cool. When she passed away, I wanted another just like her, and I got lucky because Crazy Gracie is awesome.

After Callie passed away last year, I started donating to the ASPCA every month in her honor. And I bawl like a baby every time I see this commercial.


2 Responses

  1. DUDE. It’s bad enough I have to cry when I’m minding my own business watching Forensic Files or something and THIS comes on during the break? Now I have to cry when I read your blog too??


    Your next post better give me some serious giggles, sister!!

  2. I’m right there with you. If I don’t change the channel, it’s Niagra Falls at my house. They really know how to pull at your hearstrings.

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