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MUTTSANDMOMS VS ELLEN DEGENERES AND THE REST OF THE WORLD

557 weeks ago

I'm sure everyone knows about the MuttsandMoms rescue agency that took a pup back from Ellen DeGeneres for giving the dog away. Apparently, DeGeneres couldn't train the dog to get along with her cat, o she gave the dog to what she considered was a loving family. The family had children, ages 11 and 12 and the rescue agency claims they could harm the dog and reclaimed it.

The truth is that dogs get put down every day if they're not adopted in a certain time period.
DeGeneres is known to be a very kind, generous person and I can't see her just handing the pup to someone that would abuse it. However, the rescue agency had a contract signed that states DeGenerous would give the dog back if it didn't work out.
From what I've read, rather than to just tell DeGeneres to bring the dog back, they called the police. This whole incident should not have been a public matter and shouldn't be all over the press.

We'd love to hear from our readers and get your thoughts on this matter.

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Mutts & Moms corporation has been suspended since December 2006 when they failed to file a “statem
  posted by [Anonymous]

557 weeks ago
Mutts & Moms had apparently no right to enforce any contract due a suspended license!

To quote the website GlossLip.com:

http://glosslip.com/2007/10/19/mutts-and-moms-operating-on-a-suspended-license/

"According to the California Secretary of State’s Web site, the Mutts & Moms corporation has been suspended since December 2006 when they failed to file a “statement of information.”

Access Hollywood has verified the corporation is still suspended as of today.

The “statement of information” is a document that lists who their officers are. However, as soon as the form is submitted, the agency can revive their corporation. […]

As a result of the suspension, enforcing the contract with Ellen and Portia may be impossible for the agency, as both the original adoption of Iggy and the date the agency reclaimed possession of the pet happened after the suspension began.

Access Hollywood has placed a call to Mutts & Moms, as well as their attorney, for comment. No response was received at the time of publication."



advice here
  posted by [Anonymous]

557 weeks ago

do not adopt one more pet from that control crazy agency


BUT apparently not an "agency" anymore!
  posted by [Anonymous]

557 weeks ago
If this claim of their license is suspended, they had no right in taking away the dog in the first place, it would actually be stealing!!!


Shame on you Mutts and Moms
  posted by [Anonymous]

557 weeks ago

How dare you go into someones home and just take there Pet. I do Animal Rescue, and If we find out this has happened, we call the owner and speak to them, and ask then what happened, and then get the information on where the Animal has gone too, and then add there name to the Adoption papers. Thats right, that what we do. We understand things happen. And we give the new owners a chance to find a great home for the dog or cat. You seem like you just about the Money. You don't give a damn about the animal or he families, just the Monies involved. I hope all the Media will Shut you down!!!! Shame on you what you have done to Ellen. What a wonderful person she is. You Euthanize more animals then you place, and then you want to go do something so stupid like this. You deserve all the bad things people are saying about your Rescue. Your not a Rescue, your a Stupid woman. You could have worked this out with Ellen, and the other family. But Nooooo, you had to go and be a smart ass and act 5 years old.. You just wanted to play Boss and act all big and bad. Some of you Shelter people all to be caged up, find a nice home, then put right back in a Cage again so you can see how it feels. You have destroyed Two Families, and of course the new owners of the dog, because people will find out where they live, and they will harass them also. And you have destroyed your Rescues reputation. You have done this before to others. Shame on you. You know you took this way to far. How stupid you must be feeling right now. And I saw the Rescue woman crying, boo hoo. oh well dear, you deserve it. I don't feel at least bit sorry for you. How dare you.


Kidding Me?
  posted by [Anonymous]

557 weeks ago
This woman wanted nothing more than to exploit Ellen's good name and have her 15 minutes of fame. Her attiude on t.v. clearly displayed that. She deserves to lose her license to ever operate an animal rescue again. I wish Ellen would fight her on this and teach her a lesson on what is right and in the best interest of the animals. I'm sure if someone opened up a case, they'd find that she didn't always follow the rules and laws and I'd bet that there are others who have done the same, but didnt get the same treatment as Ellen did. She deserves everything she gets. I hope this puts her out of business and she ends up broke.


Read This Mom's and Mutts!
  posted by [Anonymous]

557 weeks ago
Mom's and Mutts, GIVE IGGY BSCK for God sake. Do you people
realize how many animals are without homes? The dog you
were holding in the video Mom's and Mutts did not even have
an eye! The most important thing in this entire issue is
that this dog be placed back into that home. You people
actually have the time to take a dog back from a home that
Elllen Degereres deemed acceptable. Somehow, I believe Mom's
and Mutts, you thought you were going to get something for
nothing. You thought "Wow what an opportubity to capitalize
on, We can get a dog back that was actually in Ellen
Degeneres home, and possibly even make money from this".
Who are you people kidding? Not me that's for sure. I heard
all those poor dogs barking on that video you were on Mom's
and Mutt's,sounds like you have a lot of innocent dogs to
place. Rather than taking a dog back from well to do people
like Ellen and her hairdresser. I am appalled! I do not
care what any of you dog rescues have to say, you are all
fanatics if you agree with this, If you agree with Mom's and Mutt's in this
situation, than you really need to re-evaluate the cause
here. There are an ENORMOUS anmout of dogs that need homes,
lets get busy placing them. GIVE IGGY BACK AND LET"S MOVE
ON! I see now it has really affected you rescue, Mom's and mutt's have their license suspended! WOW outragous.



Cats are cockroaches
  posted by [Anonymous]

557 weeks ago

Ellen has a forum to do so many good things and over the years I have broadly liked and supported her insofar as occasionally watching her tv show and defending her to people who feel the fact she is lesbian is somehow abnormal.

That all set aside, I see no logic where a cat should ever take priority over a dog. Dogs are amazing creatures of great wisdom, loyalty, forgiveness and kindness. Cats pee and do their nasty business, shed hair and are on the same level as cockroaches. Why she would ever put out a dog and defend her cat, regarless of how long she had it is beyond logic.

Further beyond logic is why in gods name she would break down over this matter on tv. For christs sake, grow up Ellen our government is killing 10s of thousands of people, perhaps 100s of thousands of people in the so called name of defending democracy.

At a time like this you can find tears for your inability to live up to your end of a contract you signed, regardless of whether you like it or not, you signed it. You broke the rules, usually celebrities like you get away with all kinds of shit and you had the nerve to waste our time and time on television to cry for that damn adoption? Have you lost your mind. You must have.

Okay maybe I was a little unkind to catlovers and cats, but the main point I am trying to make is ever minute someone with the limelight like yourself spends wasting it on dumbshit like this could actually mean someone, such as a human being dies.

I actually don't care about your cat or dog, or the supposed uncontracted assignment of this likely wonderful animal, and now I no longer care about you regardless of your orientation, celebrity status, wealth, lack of ability to keep a contract, or television show.

But for what its worth, dogs trump cats any day of week, cats are cockroaches.


  posted by [Anonymous]

557 weeks ago
MuttsandMoms are MORONS and missed a huge opportunity to fix their original mistake. What would it have done for them, even in terms of dollars, to work w/ Ellen, get on her show, and explain the pitfalls of adoptions... the MomMORONS can't think a baby step ahead and imagine the sob stories and heart tugging pictures of what happens to adopted out pets that are not followed up on... Ellen probably would have made a donation and plugged the place to donate on her show and website.
If they are changing their name, the only one that fits is MuttsandMORONS.


MUTTS & MOM is a $$$$$ Scam
  posted by [Anonymous]

557 weeks ago
I heard M&M accepted a $ 600. tax deductible contribution from Ellen when she adopted Iggy, besides misrepresenting yourself as a non profit (illegal and fraudulent), have they returned the money to that "evil animal jezebel" Ellen? Nooooooooooo! Why?, because at the end of the day, its not about adoption, finding good homes, etc. Its about power, control and sadly money! They should be ashamed of themselves, but they're too DUMB and SELFISH to realize the errors of their ways, and obviously their stupidity.


PINKYIZHERE
  posted by PINKYIZHERE

557 weeks ago
THE ONLY APPARANT REASON THEY ARE DOING THIS TO ELLEN IS THAT THEY ARE TRYING TO GET PUBLICITY FOR THERE STUPIDTY. SOME PEOPLE DO THAT WHEN THEY CAN'T GET POSITIVE ATTENTION, (JUST LIKE LITTLE CHILDREN). THEY KNEW WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF THEY TOOK ON THE BEST KNOWN TALK SHOW HOST IN THE WORLD AND THE MOST COMPASSIONATE ONE. THEY JUST WANTED TO GET IN THE HEADLINES AND IF THEY DIDN'T KNOW THAT THEY WERE PRETTY IGNORANT AND SHOWED THEIR (YOU KNOW WHAT'S ) ON TV. WHEN I SEEN THAT BEAAACH PULL THAT DOG AWAY FROM THE POLICEMAN I THOUGHT "SHE HAS LOST HER MIND" BUT THEN SHE LOOKED AT THE CAMERA FOR A BRIEF SECOND AND I KNEW SHE WAS GOING FOR THE GUSTO. SHE HAD ALREADY STARTED IT SO NOW SHE HAD TO PLAY "MACHOS EL MACHOS" TO WIN.
EVERYONE SHOULD GET EVERY DOG AND ANY OTHER ANIMALS OUT OF HER PRECENSE AND MAKE SURE SHE NEVER HAS CONTROL OVER ANOTHER LIVING BEING. I WOULD CHECK HER KIDS IF SHE HAS ANY JUST TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE SAFE. JUST MY OPINION!!!!!
JANE BLACK


COME CLEAN ELLEN
  posted by [Anonymous]

557 weeks ago
THE WHOLE TRUTH IS THAT ELLEN WAS WRONG, WRONG, WRONG!! ALL RESCUE ORGANIZATIONS GOT A BAD RAP BECAUSE OF ELLENS BLUBBERING ON NATIONAL TV. SHAME ON YOU ELLEN! NOW MANY COUNTLESS ANIMALS WILL BE PUT DOWN BECAUSE OF YOU! RESCUE ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS AMERICA WORK TIRELESSLY TO HELP THESE POOR UNFORTUNATE CREATURES OF GOD, AND ELLEN JUST HURT THEM. DISPITE HER CELEBRITY, ELLEN IS JUST AS HUMAN AS YOU AND I AND SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO BREAK THE RULES. JUST ASK PARIS HILTON. NOW IT'S TIME FOR ELLEN TO "COME CLEAN" AND RIGHT THE WRONG SHE HAS DONE. SUPPORT THE RESCUE ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS AMERICA, EDUCATE THE PUBLIC, TRUTHFULLY, NOT JUST YOUR SIDE, REASEARCH, REASEARCH, REASEARCH. HELP THE HOMELESS ANIMALS IN YOUR AREA, IF NOT YOUR COUNTRY. CONVINCE THE PUBLIC TO TAKE CARE OF THE ANIMALS THEY HAVE SO THEY WON'T WIND UP IN RESCUE. TALK TO THE LOVELY BETTY WHITE, WHO DOES ALL THAT SHE CAN FOR ANIMALS. COME CLEAN ELLEN, DON'T JOIN MICHAEL VICK!!!


Two Dumbass Broads
  posted by [Anonymous]

557 weeks ago

Typical loser attitudes. No licenced company. No legal ability to control anything. In your face attitude. NOW no website because they stirred up so much crap and want to hide. Control freaks. Showing the poorest of judgement by taking a dog from a good home. What a couple of bitches. They will never live this down. Go after them Ellen!


Ellen Degeneres And Puppies
  posted by samtravis

557 weeks ago
Miss Degeneres had had this dog for months off and on. I've watched her show and she has talked often about how she liked the dog and how she was basically trying out how it felt to have a pet. She would take it in then give it back take it in then give it back. This is not the action of a responsible individual. She should never have taken the dog in the first place having already known it wouldn't work with her cat.

She was also extremely inpatient. It has taken my cats 6 months to work together amiably. You don't just dump the dog and the cat together and expect instant bonding. You have to work at it. She didn't want to take the time. She saw the dog was cute took it for awhile again. It didn't meet her expectations so she gave it away.

She knowingly signed a contract. She knew what she was doing when she signed the contract. Being in a business where practically everything you do has to have a contract assigned to it-I'm assuming she has learned a bit about contracts. So when she gave the puppy to that family she knew she was in the wrong.

She also knew the best way to shift the attention off of her bad behavior towards that poor puppy was to shift it to the center from whence she got the puppy. It worked perfectly. No one on the news has mentioned her treatment of the dog or that she broke a contract. All they centered on were her tears and weeping and how the center should give the puppy back to the family. Why doesn't the family simply apply for adoption if they want it that badly?


Dog Rescue
  posted by katnjfel

557 weeks ago
Maybe I'm just too old. Sometell me if I'm wrong or off base please.

I go to an animal rescue, fill out the application, sit thru the interview, waits for the approval, agree to the terms, await sudden home visit, microchip is does not reflect my name and I live with the threat of animal being taken from my care if all rules and regulations are not followed. Now here's where I get lost. If I'm going to board someone else's animal shouldn't they pay ME?


  posted by [Anonymous]

557 weeks ago

They took my dog, waaa, who cares, get a new dog and shut your mouth. And Ellen should just open her own no-kill animal shelter instead of taking animals from shelters just to give them away to other people, and shut her crying face up.


wake up people
  posted by [Anonymous]

557 weeks ago
I am sick of "anti war turnip eating bleeding hearts"speaking so loudly when it's babling and whining. Ellen did NOT ONE THING WRONG!! For some strange reason you only get bits and pieces of bad things on PETA/ASPCA and other so called animal rights organizations. it gets swept under the rug.Things like all the dogs they euthinized or tried to but boched the job because they were not trained much less a vet.What a horrible way to die!!! This list goes on and on like the pit bull issue ,every kind of bull dog they encounter is a "PIT BULL" lets face it it's drama to get money. I do not condone animal cruelty it should be addressed accordingley but by people who have common sense and at least know what they are doing.I as a dog(apbt)owner and reg breeder, i have seen first hand just how these things work on the inside and how powerful these organizations are and how controlling.Pets should be treated as well as humans but should be treated as ones personal property.ELLEN PAID WELL FOR HER DOG AND WAS FREE TO PLACE IT(THE DOG)IN WHATEVER HOME SHE SEEN FIT.She did'nt just throw it in the street she found her dog a good home.


scooby
  posted by [Anonymous]

557 weeks ago
Ellen gave that family the dog because her cats and the dog didn't get along. She did the right thing instead of letting the dog/cats fight to the death or the dog go back to a crate. She gave the dog to a loving family that cared for it. Those Mutts & Mom's people are looking for publicity and they got it negatively. Give the dog back to the family, not locked up in a crate.


Let's keep focused on the goa
  posted by [Anonymous]

557 weeks ago
Good for someone at Mutts and Moms for somewhere along the line having a goal of helping pets. Shame on them for not handling the circumstances in a more professional fashion. And kids will hurt dogs? Should no child ever be allowed to care for/love a pet? Is that what they are saying? I believe that some people (who must have started out with the right goal in mind) at these organizations loose complete sight of the goal. Just from what I have heard from a number of reports/areas, that was the case here. I have personally experienced this type behavior (not with this particular organization) in the past too. That is sad.


It's hurting the dogs
  posted by ozarkdogs

557 weeks ago
Rescue organizations are being hurt as a whole by this one 'Mutts & Moms' group. I am a rescue and have been for 4 years. I deal with other rescues all across the USA. We help each other. None that I have ever worked with would have reacted like Mutts & Moms. The only time a dog is ever removed from a home (even if it was in a different home and the contract was breached) is if the dog is in emminent danger. Sure, we want to keep track of the dogs we place because our hearts and personal finances go into every one we rescue. But we certainly would not over-react like Mutts & Moms.

Both parties need to take a step back, realize they all screwed up and get past this finger pointing. They should apologize to one another and accept the others apology. whether it's Ellen or the rescue, the focus should be "what is in the best interest of the dog".... not just this dog, but all the dogs patiently waiting for that special person to love them just like they are.


  posted by murphy22

557 weeks ago
Oh my god......can't any of you Ellen supporters spell? Is grammar something foreign to you?
How attractive to have "the world's greatest talk show host" snivelling and crying on prime time television.
She was wrong. She violated a contract. A binding contract. HELLO??????
The dog will live out his/her life in a better home than Ellen could have provided. Oh her precious cats.
GIVE ME A BREAK!!
YUK!


Stuck between two hard spots....
  posted by shelle2007

557 weeks ago

This whole thing has lost it's way. It is about the dog not the adults that are acting like children. Ellen paid good money for the dog. Yes a contract is a contract but we all in life sometimes need to get a break. This was not a situation where the hairdresser was not able to adopt and Ellen did it for her. This was Ellen trying to have another dog that did not fit with her pets. So she did what most caring people would have done, she found him a home. That was the whole point to the rescue. Once the rescue finds out to go and take the dog back was about money... readopt and get more money. There are alot of people that would have given a healthy donation just because Ellen was in the picture. There are many dogs killed every year do to lack of homes to put them in, and for the rescue to go in and take it out is crazy and makes all rescues look bad. I hope that the children here can recover fron the loss and Mutts and Mom go out of business. I can't see anyone in the right mind going there after this much drama. I pray for Ellen and her friends to get thru this with no further heartache and tears.


right ~vs~ wrong
  posted by Rae77

557 weeks ago
The whole thing is, there is a right way and a wrong way to handle things. The adoption agency clearly handled this unprofessionally.
How embarassing, and terrifying! Why not just contact Ellen and take care of it in a normal fashion, without hurting people! Blessings to you Ellen! and Iggy!


Rescue agencies shown for what they are
  posted by [Anonymous]

557 weeks ago
People that start these agencies are fanatics, emotional with little or not professional training regarding animals. I feel sorry for Ellen and her hairdresser family. The positive side of this idiotic story - finally people can see the down side of these so called rescue groups. How many dogs are killed by these caring groups? Really its all about power and money.


Ellen
  posted by [Anonymous]

557 weeks ago
I believe that Ellen did what she felt was best for the dog. She and her partner could not maintain and care for the dog as the dog needed. She made be best decision and acted upon her decision. I would have done the same thing. She should be congratulated in finding a good home for the dog. The dog needs to be returned to the children where he will be loved and taken care of.


Ms Buttkis
  posted by [Anonymous]

557 weeks ago
Ms Buttkis made a big mistake taking that dog from that little girl. I don't know how she can sleep at night. I also think she set rescue organizations back a few million years. I know that I will never adopt from a rescue organization that makes me sign a contract that they can just walk in and take a dog back that I BOUGHT (not adopted!) with my own money.


Mutts & Moms nonprofit SUSPENDED
  posted by [Anonymous]

557 weeks ago
Speaking of contracts, Mutts & Moms doesn't even have the right to take money from DeGeneres without paying taxes! Mutts & Moms doesn't have a valid nonprofit corporation in the state of California! Mutts & Moms isn't even a legally operating group. Go here http://kepler.sos.ca.gov/corpdata/ShowList
found by googling California Secretary of State and then clicking on a link to search business filings. You'll see that their nonprofit isn't even VALID!!! It is clearly marked SUSPENDED! They haven't been doing their nonprofit filings and should be paying taxes on that money they took from Ellen!


Never adopt from a "rescue"
  posted by [Anonymous]

557 weeks ago
I agree. After this, I would never adopt from a rescue that had any kind of a contract that allowed them to take back a dog for which I bought and paid.


AKC rescue + others zero
  posted by [Anonymous]

557 weeks ago
Apparently it is alright to commit breach of contract if the object of the transaction is a "dog." Also if you are Ms Ellen you are soooo special that you don't need to READ the contract. She admitted she had not read the contract.
AKC rescue groups have had as a condition of adoption that dogs procured via AKC rescue breed groups WILL NOT BE GIVEN AWAY OR SOLD.
This is the way that the breed rescue groups can continue to foster control of the breed.
I've rescued Newfoundland dogs since 1970. I can and DO read contracts.
It is prudent to call police during a breach of contract repossession. An unarmed breed rescue group should not set itself up for possible assault and battery. DeGeneres was not in possession of the dog at the time of repossession.
The written contract is a matter of protection for the dog. Also most AKC rescue adoptions receive a home visit after the applicant has filled out the appropriate forms. The AKC breed groups do not want to have to keep finding placements for their adoptees.
Welcome to lawyerland.
Can't read? Don't want to honor contracts?
Don't get a AKC purebred rescue dog... Seems simple enough for me.
Got cash? Wanna pay for any kind of dog? Willing to buy a puppy mill dog?
Don't buy from an AKC breeder. Seems simple to me.
Breed clubs offer fellowship with others who have a passion for a breed that fits their life style and means. As my Father often said, "it ain't the initial cost, it's the upkeep." Adoptees often need follow-up with trainers and/or veterinarians. A willingness to do needed follow-up is another contract item.




Don't sign dog contracts that allow repossession
  posted by [Anonymous]

557 weeks ago
Most reputable AKC breeders will not make you sign a contract that you can repossess the dog. Don't sign anything that says anything like that! Actually, had the new home known its rights, it would not have had to surrender the dog. That would never have held up in court!


Ellen
  posted by [Anonymous]

556 weeks ago
I like Ellen a lot but c'mon, this is crazy. She messed up. I wish that the agency would have given the dog back, but if I would have had to go through what the people at the agency are going through ( death threats, constant calls...) I would have said the hell with everyone too. Anyway to see what I really think go to

http://youtube.com/watch?v=ZiKHXIH0WHw

There's some extra footage and my take on the whole deal. My blogs are kind of… different.



  posted by [Anonymous]

556 weeks ago
I really think that this whole situation was blown out of proportion. There are so many dogs that need homes, and why not get a little help from a reputable and caring person like Ellen DeGeneres. I think that MuttsandMoms should have contacted DeGeneres, possibly get the dog back from the family and then run a new adoption process to have the family considered as Iggy's new family.


Wait. What?
  posted by [Anonymous]

556 weeks ago
Ellen has a hairdresser????


give the kids back their dog
  posted by Tee65

556 weeks ago
you people make me sick, you act like the kids are 5 & 6. is that dog in a house w/ children that don't have a social life & will be home w/ IGGY


What about other kids and dogs?
  posted by jjgoodhope

556 weeks ago
What bothers me the most is the fact that Moms & Mutts would remove a dog because of the age of the children. Does this mean if I adopt a dog and three years later have a child, they will come in and take my dog? Apparently that is what it means. How many other homes have they gone into and removed a dog because of a child’s age? If none – then I guess Moms & Mutts is in it for the publicity. If they have done it before, then rest assured I will never get a dog from a rescue site – I guess this is a giant step back for rescue shelters and a giant step forward for puppy mills – how sad!


all of this is wrong
  posted by [Anonymous]

556 weeks ago
I beleive that ellen did the right thing b/c what were they going to do w/ the dog even if she gave it back? maybe keep it for 30 days and then kill it? I think ellen did the right thing by giving it to a family with kids b/c kids are great for a dog. they give a dog hope for living. they give a dog a home, warm bed, food and most of all love. what these dogs need. I have given 3 dogs new homes that have once lived in mine b/c some need more love then what I can give them but I have never given a dog to a bad person. I have always made sure that the new home they went to was what they needed. all I can say is that those kids have lost a dog that should have been theres.contract or not. If the agency would have just went to there home and saw the dog and saw the way it was taken care of then why did they take it any way. b/c the agency wanted the money for the dog and got it from ellen. but has anyone said anything about the money being refunded back to her. no b/c they just want to money not the dogs!what this all comes down to is a bad rescue agency.A PUPPY FARM!!


add to microchip
  posted by [Anonymous]

556 weeks ago
I think the mistake here was that mutts & moms didn't put ellen's name on the mircrochip therefore showing they still owned the dog even though they were paid. I wonder if they do this with all their pets. Also follow up and make sure YOU'RE THE OWNER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
They could've left that dog with those people, they went their actinig like they were going to do a home check and took that dog away....


ellen
  posted by [Anonymous]

556 weeks ago
this whole thing is the most ridiculous story i have ever heard in my entire life!
mutts and moms should be ashamed of themselves for the way they conduct their business.as long as an animals has a good loving family to raise them, take care of them and love them, what is the problem?
these people are not the GOD of over seeing who has animals, how they are taken care of and what they do with them if there is a chance they have to give them away, for one reason or another.
remind me to never ever contact them about an animal.
i will go to the pond first!!!!!
these mutts and moms people need to GET A LIFE, and leave loving owners of pets the damn hell alone!


understanding OTHER rescues
  posted by ozarkdogs

556 weeks ago
To those of you who say "If I paid for the dog, it is mine". Well, with that attitude, you consider the dog as "property". I would never adopt to anyone who did not consider the dog as "family". Rescues DO NOT SELL dogs. They adopt them out and ask some compensation for their expenses. (a typical rescue to alter and health test can run from $150 up to thousands of dollars depending on the dogs condition.

If you adopt a child, you pay lawyers, agencies and sometimes foreighn governments if that be the case. But you are not "buying" the child and if you abuse it, you might lose it. If you give it away, you will go to jail. We rescues feel about the dogs we save same as people feel about the children they save.

Most rescues are NOT like Mutts and Moms. The reason for the return clause is because we pour our hearts and personal finances into these dogs that would otherwise be killed. We want to know where they are and that they are being cared for. The worst feeling in the world for the 'normal' rescue is to place a dog only to learn it was mistreated.

Because Mutts and Moms did not handle the situation with common sense has hurt all rescues. Shame on them!


Poor Iggy
  posted by new orleans

556 weeks ago
I hope muttsandmoms is put out of business. They obviously do not know how to handle a business. To hurt those kids like that is unforgivable. The whole idea of rescue companies is to place and animal in a loving, caring home and that's exactly what Ellen did. MuttsandMoms failed to list Ellen as the owner. To me right there the contract was invalid. If they wanted there names in the public, well they got it. They're insensitive, poor business owners. They're horrible people to have done what they did. Gee, I wonder why their website is no longer valid? If I were Ellen, I would persue a lawsuit. New Orleans


Give Iggy back NOW
  posted by [Anonymous]

556 weeks ago
From all of the info I've read on Mutts and Moms it sounds like their business has been failing for quite sometime. I'd have to agree that these ladies were out for publicity. They got what they wanted! Now give Iggy back.....legally Ellen's name should have been on the micro chip. Plus the LAPD is now claiming they shouldn't have removed the dog. So where is Iggy now and why isn't someone filing a lawsuit against this organization? Iggy needs to be returned until this matter is settled legally!


Mutts and Moms Acted Irresponsibly
  posted by [Anonymous]

556 weeks ago
Yes, Ellen breached the contract, but come on people, she would not have given that puppy to someone who wouldn't take care of it. Mutts and Moms should done an app on the family and transfered ownership instead of taking the puppy out of the home and traumatizing not only the little girls, but also the puppy, the family and Ellen. It was wrong! As for Ellen. I don't believe she did anything wrong intentionally. She didn't lie and she could have, easily. The big picture is that the puppy had bonded w/those little girls. That is where it belongs.


Mutts N Moms over Ellen by a nose
  posted by [Anonymous]

556 weeks ago
What Ellen did wrong:

(1) it wasn’t her dog, it was Portia’s. She gave away a dog that wasn’t hers.
(2) Portia and Ellen had JUST RETURNED another dog to Mutts and Moms, so they obviously knew the contract right of return (a standard rescue rule, as is the microchip by the rescue).
(3) The dog never stayed with them. Look at the dates carefully. Ellen basically kicked the dog out to sleep over at her vets or trainers every night after the first two nights. After paying the rescue $600, she also threw away $3000 to “make the dog fit in” with their family. Brussels Griffons are notoriously high strung and I wonder why they ever wanted Iggy other than impulse shopping.
(4) Ellen buys dogs, throws money at them and then gives them away. She calls this rescue. I call it irresponsible, petulant and spoiled. Ellen also NEVER answers any questions about where she sends the dogs. See the recent NY Post article. There are other dogs Ellen has done this to. She isn’t talking.
(5) Mutts and Moms offered the (sobbing children) hairdresser family the dog if they FILLED OUT THE APPLICATION like all the other dozens of people that had applied for Iggy.
(6) Most irresponsibly, in anger, she lied on TV that she signed the contract and launched the public against Mutts and Moms for enforcing their contract. This is akin to inciting a mob to lynch someone.
(7) Ellen never tried to work quietly behind the scenes, NOR did she admit she was wrong for more than the contract.


What Mutts and Moms did wrong:

(1) They let Ellen and Portia have the dog without spaying/neutering. This is very rare and unusual, a sign of poor judgment and stars in their eyes. They probably were hoping for good publicity and more of their dogs to be adopted.
(2) They did not have their corporate non-profit tax status in order. However, even if they are running for profit, you don’t make a profit on the occasional $600 Ellen windfall. Vet bills, food, shelter, fostering if they need behavioral help, advertising and (yes, lawyers) are expensive. I doubt that $600 provided much more than Iggy’s bills over the month or two they had him (or her – I don’t pay attention to Iggy’s sex).
(3) They were determined to seize the dog (as have others in the past) and they did so under the pretense of checking the home. However, because they had the micro-chip and papers, despite the fact that the family had TMZ cameras there, the police agreed that M & M had the legal right to the dog (some dispute it, but it would hold up in court).

Bottom line is: If you gave up one a child you’d fostered to be adopted by a couple and they gave it away after ONE MONTH to someone you didn't know, wouldn't you be perturbed? Especially if there was a contract otherwise?


Mutts and Mom's
  posted by [Anonymous]

556 weeks ago
Ellen gave a dog a home who may have been put to sleep. She saved a dogs life. I think these agency's are a little too strick .what difference dose it really make if as long as she gave it too a good family. I believe that Mutts and Moms are very wrong.

SuzieQ


Mutts and Moms
  posted by [Anonymous]

555 weeks ago
I work at an animal shelter and although it is true that Ellen' hairdresser probably would have given the dog a good home, these rules and contracts are in place for a reason.
Too many times, a dog is adopted, doesn't work out and is literally dumped...Or, it is passed on to family after family.
In this case, Ellen just didn't bother to follow the ules partly because of her star status. The agency responded a bit over the top, but all of this could have been avoided had Ellen called them to tell them the dog was not working out. Then, the agency could have sarted the process with the hairdresser.
The whole thing ended up with people beating their chests and in the end, the dog will lose.


You Suck Mutts and moms and so do you Ellen
  posted by [Anonymous]

555 weeks ago
Mutts and moms is another group of fanatic animal huggers gone to far.
Yes animals should be treated correctly and animal abusers should be shot, but this is just f***&%% stupid.
Ellen sucks too but just because Ellen sucks. thats all


thats a shame
  posted by tammiag

555 weeks ago
i have two little girls myself and we have 5 dogs they would never hurt ant of them


thats a shame
  posted by tammiag

555 weeks ago
i have two little girls myself and we have 5 dogs they would never hurt ant of them


Dumb move
  posted by [Anonymous]

555 weeks ago
This was such an easy fix. There job is to find good homes for unwanted animals. All they had to do was go and check out the home Iggy was placed in. Instead all the did was create this whole fiasco. Ellen obviously loved the dog, and would not have given it to a family is she had any doubt the dog would not be treated well. All rules are made to be broken given the circumstances, the dog should have been left with the family unless they found unfit conditions or abuse.


Animals that will suffer!
  posted by [Anonymous]

555 weeks ago
Everyday thousands of animals of put to death due to not enough loving,caring homes who want them. Though Ellen had a contract, she did the right thing by giving to a loving family who clearly wanted the dog. I've rescued so many cats & dogs that if one doesn't fit I'd found a home that it did... I would NEVER think of putting it back in the homeless life it had,what's the point? ADOPT TODAY!! SAVE A HOMELESS ANIMAL, THE LOVE THEY GIVE IN RETURN WILL BE WELL WORTH IT.
No I'm not a shelter or work for one, Just an animal lover who has a heart!<3 Thanks


MUTTS & MOMS
  posted by [Anonymous]

555 weeks ago
MUTTS & MOMS should have offered the family they gave "iggy" to another dog & let the hairdresser and family keep Iggy... Only makes sense two dogs would of found a loving home instead of just one. But I guess money was their motive not the best interest of those barking dogs in crates crying for a new home. MUTTS & MOMS NEED TO BE SHUT DOWN FOR GOOD!! & BE FINED FOR OPERATING WITHOUT A LICENSE.
***Again Adopt today! give a home to a homeless animal the love they give will fill your heart.


A sample of AKC breed club views regarding purebred adoption
  posted by [Anonymous]

554 weeks ago
DON'T BUY A NEWF






Before purchasing a Newfoundland, please read this article that has been adapted from:

DON'T BUY A BOUVIER! by Pam Green (c.1992)

This article, written many years ago, has become a classic in Bouvier circles. It has been reprinted many times by clubs to use for the education of prospective Bouvier owners. She gives her permission freely to all who wish to reprint and distribute it in hopes of saving innocent dogs from neglect and abandonment by those who should never have acquired them in the first place.)

Interested in buying a Newfoundland? You must be or you wouldn't be reading this. You've already heard how marvelous Newfoundlands are. Well, I think you should also hear, before it's too late, that NEWFOUNDLANDS ARE NOT THE PERFECT BREED FOR EVERYONE. As a breed, they have a few characteristics that some people find charming, but that some people find mildly unpleasant, and some people find downright intolerable. There are different breeds for different needs. There are over 200 breeds of dogs in the world. Maybe you'd be better off with some other breed. Maybe you'd be better off with a cat. Maybe you'd be better off with goldfish, a parakeet, a hamster, or some house-plants.

DON'T BUY A NEWFOUNDLAND IF YOU ARE ATTRACTED TO THE BREED "CHIEFLY" BY ITS APPEARANCE.

The appearance of the Newfoundlands you have seen in the show ring is the product of many hours of bathing and grooming. This carefully constructed beauty is fleeting: a few minutes of freedom, romping through the fields or strolling in the rain restores the natural look. The natural look of the Newfie is that of a large, shaggy farm dog, usually with some dirt and weeds clinging to his tousled coat. The true beauty of the Newfoundland lies in his character, not in his appearance. Some of the long-coated and most of the short-coated breeds' appearances are less dependent on grooming than is that of the Newfie. (See also the section on grooming below.)

DON'T BUY A NEWFOUNDLAND IF YOU ARE UNWILLING TO SHARE YOUR HOUSE AND YOUR LIFE WITH YOUR DOG.

Newfies were bred to share in the work of the family (fishing, pulling carts, etc.) and to spend most of their waking hours working with the family. They thrive on companionship and they want to be wherever you are. They are happiest living with you in your house and going with you when you go out. While they usually tolerate being left at home by themselves (preferably with a dog-door giving access to the fenced yard), they should not be relegated to the backyard or kennel. A puppy exiled from the house is likely to grow up to be unsociable, unruly, and unhappy. He may well develop pastimes, such as digging or barking, that will displease you and/or your neighbors. An adult so exiled will be miserable too. If you don't strongly prefer to have your dog's companionship as much as possible, enjoying having him sleep in your bedroom at night and sharing many of your activities by day, you should choose a breed less oriented to human companionship. Likewise if your job or other obligations prevent you from spending much time with your dog. No dog is really happy without companionship, but the pack hounds for example, are more tolerant of being kenneled or yarded so long as it is in groups of 2 or more. A better choice would be a cat, as they are solitary by nature.

DON'T BUY A NEWFOUNDLAND IF YOU DON'T INTEND TO EDUCATE (TRAIN) YOUR DOG.

Basic obedience and household rules training is NOT optional for the Newf. As an absolute minimum, you must teach him to reliably respond to commands to come, to lie down, to stay, and to walk at your side, on or off leash and regardless of temptations. You must also teach him to respect your household rules: e.g. is he allowed to get on the furniture? is he allowed to beg at the table? What you allow or forbid is unimportant, but it is *critical* that you, not the dog, make these choices and that you enforce your rules consistently. You must commit yourself to attending an 8 to 10 week series of weekly lessons at a local obedience club or with a professional trainer, and to doing one or two short (5 to 20 minutes) homework sessions per day. As commands are learned, they must be integrated into your daily life by being used whenever appropriate, and enforced consistently. Young Newfoundland puppies are relatively easy to train: they are eager to please, intelligent, and calm-natured, with a relatively good attention span. Once a Newfoundland has learned something, he tends to retain it well. Your cute, sweet little Newf puppy will grow up to be a large, powerful dog. If he has grown up respecting you and your rules, then all his physical and mental strength will work for you. But if he has grown up without rules and guidance from you, surely he will make his own rules, and his physical and mental powers will often act in opposition to your needs and desires. For example: he may tow you down the street as if competing in a sled-dog race; he may grab food off the table; he may forbid your guests entry to "his" home. This training cannot be delegated to someone else, e.g. by sending the dog away to "boarding school," because the relationship of respect and obedience is personal between the dog and the individual who does the training. While you definitely many want the help of an experienced trainer to teach you how to train your dog, you yourself must actually train your Newf. As each lesson is well learned, then the rest of the household (except young children) must also work with the dog, insisting he obey them as well. Many of the Newfs that are rescued from Pounds and Shelters show clearly that they have received little or no basic training, neither in obedience nor in household deportment; yet these same dogs respond well to such training by the rescuer or the adopter. It seems likely that a failure to train the dog is a significant cause of Newf abandonment. If you don't intend to educate your dog, preferably during puppy hood, you would be better off with a breed that is both small and socially submissive.

DON'T BUY A NEWFOUNDLAND IF YOU LACK LEADERSHIP (SELF-ASSERTIVE) PERSONALITY.

Dogs do not believe in social equality. They live in a social hierarchy led by a pack-leader (Alpha). The alpha dog is generally benevolent, affectionate, and non-bullying towards his subordinates; but there is never any doubt in his mind or in theirs that the alpha is the boss and makes the rules. Whatever the breed, if you do not assume the leadership, the dog will do so sooner or later and with more or less unpleasant consequences for the abdicating owner. Like the untrained dog, the pack-leader dog makes his own rules and enforces them against other members of the household by means of a dominant physical posture and a hard-eyed stare, followed by a snarl, then a knockdown blow or a bite. Breeds differ in tendencies towards social dominance; and individuals within a breed differ considerably. You do not have to have the personality or mannerisms of a Marine boot camp Sergeant, but you do have to have the calm, quiet self-assurance and self-assertion of the successful parent ("Because I'm your mother, that's why.") or successful grade-school teacher. If you think you might have difficulty asserting yourself calmly and confidently to exercise leadership, then choose a breed known for its socially subordinate disposition, such as a Golden Retriever or a Shetland Sheepdog, AND be sure to ask the breeder to select one of the more submissive pups in the litter for you. If the whole idea of "being the boss" frightens or repels you, don't get a dog at all. Cats don't expect leadership. A gerbil or hamster, or fish doesn't need leadership or household rules. Leadership and training are inextricably intertwined: leadership personality enables you to train your dog, and being trained by you reinforces your dog's perception of you as the alpha.

DON'T BUY A NEWFIE IF YOU DON'T VALUE LAID-BACK COMPANIONSHIP AND CALM AFFECTION.

A Newfoundland becomes deeply attached and devoted to his own family, but he doesn't "wear his heart on his sleeve." Some are noticeably reserved, others are more outgoing, but few adults are usually exuberantly demonstrative of their affections. They like to be near you, usually in the same room, preferably on a comfortable pad or cushion in a corner or under a table, just "keeping you company." They enjoy conversation, petting and cuddling when you offer it, but they are moderate and not overbearing in coming to you to demand much attention. They are emotionally sensitive to their favorite people: when you are joyful, proud, angry, or grief-stricken, your Newf will immediately perceive it and will believe himself to be the cause. The relationship can be one of great mellows, depth and subtlety; it is a relation on an adult-to-adult level, although certainly not one devoid of playfulness. As puppies, of course, they will be more dependent, more playful, and more demonstrative. In summary, Newfs tend to be sober and thoughtful, rather than giddy clowns or sycophants.

DON'T BUY A NEWFIE IF YOU ARE FASTIDIOUS ABOUT YOUR HOME.

The Newfoundland's thick shaggy coat and his love of playing in water and mud combine to make him a highly efficient transporter of dirt into your home, depositing same on your floors and rugs and possibly also on your furniture and clothes. One Newf coming in from a few minutes outdoors on a rainy day can turn an immaculate house into an instant hog wallow. His full chest soaks up water every time he takes a drink, then releases same dripping across your floor or sopping into your lap. Newfoundlands are seasonal shedders, and in spring can easily fill a trash bag with balls of hair from a grooming session, or clog a vacuum cleaner if left to shed in the house. I don't mean to imply that you must be a slob or slattern to live happily with a Newf, but you do have to have the attitude that your dog's company means more to you than does neatness, and you do have to be comfortable with a less than immaculate house. While all dogs, like all children, create a greater or lesser degree of household mess, almost all other breeds of dog are less troublesome than the Newfoundland in this respect. The Basenji is perhaps the cleanest, due to its cat-like habits; but cats are cleaner yet, and goldfish hardly ever mess up the house.

DON'T BUY A NEWFOUNDLAND IF YOU FIND DROOL TOTALLY REPELLANT

Most Newfie owners begin with some degree of distaste for drool, but as this is an integral part of the Newf, this dislike usually progresses to some level of nonchalance. A sure sign of a Newf addict is that not only do they not understand other people's squeamishness for this substance, they spend many hours trying to come up with useful purposes for the gallons of drool that can be produced on a regular basis. Some say that the world record "drool toss" from an adult Newf is over 20 feet! This makes your walls and ceilings well within reach of even an average drooler. Newfie's drool because of their jaw and mouth structure, which allows them to breath while performing water rescue, this is a quality inherent in the breed. If you cannot get used to the idea of drool in your house, then try one of the many breeds of dogs that do not drool. Newfs are definitely not in this category. Although I have heard of cats who drool, the quantity is not remotely comparable, and hamsters don't drool at all.

DON'T BUY A NEWFIE IF YOU DISLIKE DOING REGULAR GROOMING.

The thick shaggy Newfoundland coat demands regular grooming, not merely to look tolerably nice, but also to preserve the health of skin underneath and to detect and remove foxtails, ticks, and other dangerous invaders. For "pet" grooming, you should expect to spend 10-15 minutes a day (e.g. while listening to music or watching television) on alternate days or half an hour twice a week. Of course any time your Newf gets into cockleburs, filigree, or other coat-adhering vegetation, you are likely to be in for an hour or more of remedial work. During oxtail season, (western US), you must inspect feet and other vulnerable areas daily. In Lyme disease areas during tick season, you will need to inspect for ticks daily. "Pet" grooming does not require a great deal of skill, but does require time and regularity. "Show" grooming requires a great deal of skill and considerably more time and effort or expensive professional grooming. Almost every Newfoundland that is rescued out of a Pound or Shelter shows the effects of many months of no grooming, resulting in massive matting and horrendous filthiness, sometimes with urine and feces cemented into the rear portions of the coat. It appears that unwillingness to keep up with coat care is a primary cause of abandonment. Many other breeds of dog require less grooming; short coated breeds require very little.

DON'T BUY A NEWFOUNDLAND IF YOU DISLIKE DAILY EXERCISE.

Newfs need exercise to maintain the health of heart and lungs, and to maintain muscle tone. Because of his mellow, laid-back, often lazy, disposition, your Newfie will not give himself enough exercise unless you accompany him or play with him. An adult Newfoundland should have a morning outing of a mile or more, as you walk briskly beside him, and a similar evening outing. For puppies, shorter and slower walks, several times a day are preferred for exercise and housebreaking. All dogs need daily exercise of greater or lesser length and vigor. If providing this exercise is beyond you, physically or temperamentally, then choose one of the many small and energetic breeds that can exercise itself within your fenced yard. Most of the Toys and Terriers fit this description, but don't be surprised if a Terrier is inclined to dig in the earth since digging out critters is the job that they were bred to do. Cats can be exercised indoors with mouse-on-a-string toys. Hamsters will exercise themselves on a wire wheel. House plants don't need exercise.

DON'T BUY A NEWFOUNDLAND IF YOU BELIEVE THAT DOGS SHOULD RUN "FREE."

Whether you live in town or country, no dog can safely be left to run "free" outside your fenced property and without your direct supervision and control. The price of such "freedom" is inevitably injury or death: from dogfights, from automobiles, from the Pound or from justifiably irate neighbors. Even though Newfs are home-loving and less inclined to roam than most breeds, an unfenced Newf is destined for disaster. A thoroughly obedience-trained Newfoundland can enjoy the limited and supervised freedom of off-leash walks with you in appropriately chosen environments. If you don't want the responsibility of confining and supervising your pet, then no breed of dog is suitable for you. A neutered cat will survive such irresponsibly given "freedom" somewhat longer than a dog, but will eventually come to grief. A better answer for those who crave a "free" pet is to set out feeding stations for some of the indigenous wildlife, such as raccoons, which will visit for handouts and which may eventually tolerate your close observation.

DON'T BUY A NEWFOUNDLAND IF YOU CAN'T AFFORD TO BUY, FEED, AND PROVIDE HEALTHCARE FOR ONE.

Newfoundlands are not a cheap breed to buy, as running a careful breeding program with due regard for temperament, trainability, and physical soundness (hips especially) cannot be done cheaply. The time the breeder should put into each puppy's "pre-school" and socialization is also costly. The "bargain" puppy from a "back-yard breeder" who unselectively mates any two Newfs who happen to be of opposite sex may well prove to be extremely costly in terms of bad temperament, bad health, and lack of essential socialization. In contrast, the occasional adult or older pup is available at modest price from a disenchanted owner or from a breeder, shelter, or rescuer to whom the dog was abandoned; most of these "used" Newfs are capable of becoming a marvelous dog for you if you can provide training, leadership, and understanding. Whatever the initial cost of your Newfoundland, the upkeep will not be cheap. Being large dogs, Newfs eat relatively large meals. (Need I add that what goes in one end must eventually come out the other?) Large dogs tend to have larger veterinary bills, as the amount of anesthesia and of most medications is proportional to body weight. Spaying or neutering, which costs more for larger dogs, is an essential expense for virtually all pet Newfs, as it "takes the worry out of being close," prevents serious health problems in later life, and makes the dog a more pleasant companion. Newfoundlands are subject to two conditions which can be costly to treat: hip dysplasia and bloat. (Your best insurance against dysplasia is to buy only from a litter bred from OFA certified parents and [if possible], grandparents. Yes, this generally means paying more. While bloat may have a genetic predisposition, there are no predictive tests allowing selective breeding against it. Your best prevention is not to feed your dog too soon before or after strenuous exercise.) Professional grooming, if you use it, is expensive. An adequate set of grooming tools for use at home adds up to a tidy sum, but once purchased will last many dog-lifetimes. Finally, the modest fee for participation in a series of basic obedience training classes is an essential investment in harmonious living with your dog; such fees are the same for all breeds. The modest annual outlays for immunizations and for local licensing are generally the same for all breeds, though some counties have a lower license fee for spayed/neutered dogs. All dogs, of whatever breed and however cheaply acquired, require significant upkeep costs, and all are subject to highly expensive veterinary emergencies. Likewise all cats.

DON'T BUY A NEWFOUNDLAND IF YOU WANT THE "LATEST, GREATEST FEROCIOUS KILLER ATTACK DOG."

The Newfoundland's famous disposition as the "Gentle Giant" is not a fable, a Newf with the typical disposition of the breed would prefer to slobber a criminal than attack one. Also because of selective breeding for water rescue, Newfies are "soft-mouthed" dogs. In contrast to the protection-trained dog, trained to bite on direct command or in reaction to direct physical assault on his master, the "deterrent dog" dissuades the vast majority of aspiring burglars, rapists, and assailants by his presence, his appearance, and his demeanor. Seeing such dog, the potential wrong-doer simply decides to look for a safe r victim elsewhere. For this job, all that is needed is a dog that is large and that appears to be well-trained and unafraid. The Newfoundland can serve this role admirably, with the added assets of generally dark color and shaggy "bestial" appearance adding to the impression of formidability and fearsomeness. If the dog has been taught to bark a few times on command, such as "Fang, watch him!" rather than "Fifi, speak for a cookie", this skill can be useful to augment the deterrent effect.

DON'T BUY A NEWFOUNDLAND IF YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO COMMIT YOURSELF FOR THE DOG'S ENTIRE LIFETIME.

No dog deserves to be cast out because his owners want to move to a no-pet apartment, or because he is no longer a cute puppy, or didn't grow up to be a beauty contest winner, or because his owners through lack of leadership and training have allowed him to become an unruly juvenile delinquent with a repertoire of undesirable behaviors. The prospects of a responsible and affectionate second home for a "used" dog are never very bright, but they are especially dim for a large, shaggy, poorly mannered dog. A Newfoundland dumped into a Pound or Shelter has almost no chance of survival -- unless he has the
great good fortune to be spotted by someone dedicated to Newf Rescue. The prospects for adoption for a youngish, well-trained, and well-groomed Newfie whose owner seeks the assistance of the nearest Newf Club or Rescue group are fairly good, but an older Newf has diminishing prospects. Be sure to contact your local Newf club or Rescue group if you are diagnosed as terminally ill or have other equally valid reasons for seeking an adoptive home. Be sure to contact your local Newfoundland club if you are beginning to have difficulties in training your Newfie, so these can be resolved. Be sure to make arrangements in your will or with your family to ensure continued care or an adoptive home for your Newfoundland if you should pre-decease him. The life span of a Newfoundland is about 10 years. If that seems too long a time for you to give an unequivocal loyalty to your Newfoundland, then please do not get one! Indeed, as most dogs have a life expectancy that is as long or longer, please do not get any dog.

IN CONCLUSION

If all the preceding "bad news" about Newfies hasn't turned you away from the breed, then by all means DO GET A NEWF! They are every bit as wonderful as you have heard! If buying a puppy, be sure to shop carefully for a *responsible* and *knowledgeable* breeder who places high priority on breeding for sound temperament and trainability, and good health in all matings. Such a breeder will interrogate and educate potential buyers carefully. Such a breeder will continue to be available for advice and consultation for the rest of the dog's life and will insist on receiving the dog back if ever you are unable to keep it. However as an alternative to buying a Newfie puppy, you may want to give some serious consideration to adopting a rescued Newf. Despite the responsibility of their previous owner, almost all rescued Newfs have proven to be readily rehabilitated so as to become superb family companions for responsible and affectionate adopters. Many rescuers are skilled trainers who evaluate temperament and provide remedial training before offering dogs for placement, and who offer continued advisory support afterwards. Contact local Newf breeders or Newf club members to learn who is doing Rescue work.
















Ellen vs Mutt's and Moms
  posted by [Anonymous]

554 weeks ago
Any animal adoption agency that would take back a dog from a good home is Greedy, Abusing their power over innocent animals, and are trying to get free publicity. Come on, calling the police? The police should have checked their license, shut them down, took the animals to a reputable agency, and taken and given Iggy back to Ellen's hairdresser's family.
All the M & M Agency needed to do was verify the dog was in a good home.
Animals are not things to be sold or destroyed. These people are subtly abusing and neglecting the animals in their care. Animals with special needs in unable to find a good home for them try Best Friends in Utah. They have a rescued community of abused, neglected or just unwanted animals. None are put down unless physically necessary due to illness that takes all quality of life away.
Ellen, keep on doing the right thing. I admire you for it.

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