I read “Entrepreneur” magazine online today, as I usually do, and came across an article so disturbing and infuriating that I had to write the Editor. It’s an article about 55 ideas for home businesses, and on the list they included Dog Breeding. I flipped my shit and wrote the letter below, sending it to the Editor and every point of contact they list on their website. I’m also going to post it on my blog.
If this strikes a chord with any of my readers (both of you, haha) I would urge you to write or say something. Share it with your friends, your family, your local rescue service. I don’t know, just get the word out.
I am writing in response to the article mentioned above. I am completely appalled and disgusted that you would include “Dog Breeder” as a decent way to make a living at home. Obviously the person who wrote this article has not made themselves aware of the intense problems we already have in this country with backyard breeders looking to make a quick dollar.
Dogs that come from backyard breeders are, more often than not, so grossly neglected and mistreated that it would tear your heart to pieces to see how the majority of them live. Most of them have diseases that go untreated; painful, life-threatening diseases that include heart worm which is 100% preventable, but goes untreated because the backyard breeder doesn’t have the funds to buy the preventative medicine.
Backyard breeders typically have so many dogs that the conditions are deplorable. Imagine animals living in their own feces and urine, forced to defacate in the very place they sleep and eat. And you can forget about having room to run and play like a healthy, well-cared-for animal should have.
Furthermore, due to the very nature and intention of breeding for money, backyard breeders rarely have their animals fixed, nor their offspring, which contributes to the already severe pet overpopulation problem.
Dogs that are bred by unreputable backyard breeders are also prone to aggression due to their rough beginnings in neglectful “homes”. Would you want to keep a dog that showed aggression towards you? Towards your child? No. You’d probably put the dog down or give it away, or even worse – drop it off in the middle of nowhere and let somebody else deal with it. Not every dog that is abandoned is rescued; most are caught and euthanized at their local shelter, and if not, most die miserable, lonely deaths because humans – beginning with backyard breeders – did not care for the helpless animal from day 1. It is not their fault, yet 99% of the time they are the ones that pay the price.
Speaking of rescue, backyard breeding causes overpopulation and poorly-behaved dogs which often end up with local rescue services. I have yet to come across a rescue service that receives any funding from local or state organizations, which means that the burden is on the kind-hearted rescuers to care for the dogs in ways that the dog should have been cared for in the first place, including food, medicine, shelter, and love.
Your article is so vile that I will no longer subscribe to your magazine, nor will I continue to read it online. I am urging my friends and family to do the same, many of whom have been faithful readers for a long time.
I’d suggest your contributors and editors take a good look at the content you are suggesting, and consider the ethical, moral, and physical ramifications of your suggestions. Most of them are decent, but you lost me on this one.
Disgusted and appalled,
Nicole Lynn Belleville
Nicole Lynn Belleville