Dogs of Courage

4 The Love Of Animals

A Rottweiler named Sheba who broke free from her chain and rescued nine of her puppies after her owner buried them alive in a two-foot deep grave because they weren’t purebred.

2012 220

Cookie and Coco: Anatomy of an Internet Chain Email

Critter News

Someone told us it involved Seattle Purebred Dog Rescue. We are once again getting a lot of hits over the saga of Cookie and Coco. They are two dogs that once needed to be adopted. They eventually were (in 2007, I believe. But, the story won't die. You can read about our coverage of it here. People keep forwarding this chain email around. Since our site comes up number two in Google, they find out the story from this website. Or at least a version of it.

Trending Sources

Getting a Kitten from Kansas

Critter News

I think there are many disreputable breeders, I think they are increasing a bloated supply of pets, and I think there are many purebreds already available from shelters. She could try to find a purebred that's been left at a shelter because that frequently happens. From discussions with people who buy from breeders, I understand the reasoning behind getting a purebred dog when it comes to the hunting or working breeds. I am no fan of breeders, I'll admit it.

Kansas 100

The Cookie and Coco Caper

Critter News

Luckily, I have a coworker who volunteers with Seattle Purebred Rescue. Apparently, she had received the same email from someone else and she had contacted Seattle Purebred Rescue to speak to the Lab rep for help. If you get an email that someone has been evicted from their home and desperately has to find homes for their beloved labs Cookie and Coco, don't hop on your computer and contact everyone you know. It's a hoax. How do I know? Let me tell you my short tale.

10 Reasons Street Dogs Deserve to be Defended

4 The Love Of Animals

It doesn’t matter if we were born in an Indian slum or to an American purebred. No dog is happier to be rescued. I remember the first night after I left the streets. My human kept me in an enclosed porch because, let’s face it, I was crawling with fleas and pretty filthy.

2013 267

Teaching Kids Animal Compassion

4 The Love Of Animals

Purebred or mixed breed? It is not necessary to pick a purebred dog for your first pet. With purebred animals, it is especially important to do your research and make sure the pet fits your family’s lifestyle. Choosing the right pet for your child is key. By Dr. Tim Hunt, DVM. Children can learn so many valuable lessons by caring for a pet.

Deconstructing Slate's "Pepper" Series

Animal Person

This one addresses the decreasing number of dogs and cats being experimented on and, without mentioning it, discusses speciesism and our affection for dogs--pet dogs particularly (and especially purebreds)--which leads to our revulsion with the idea of snatching, vivisecting and killing them.

Hilary Swank joins Home 4 The Holidays

4 The Love Of Animals

More than 25 percent of all dogs in shelters are purebreds. Founded by Helen Woodward Animal Center and supported by Iams, the Iams Home 4 the Holidays campaign began in 1999 with just 14 participating animal shelters in San Diego County.

Book: Shift Your Habit

4 The Love Of Animals

Save the Planet: Adopting a shelter pet not only saves a life, but it reduces demand for purebred animals, which are more likely to have medical problems due to genetic abnormalities. Shift-It Tip: If you’re set on a purebred dog or cat, buy one from a rescue association instead of getting a pedigree from a breeder.

2010 138

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

You can find purebreds, mixed breeds and designer dogs. To the Editor: “ My Dog Days ,” by Arthur Phillips (Op-Ed, June 10), gave me those warm, fuzzy feelings and made my eyes tear. People who adopt from animal shelters will tell you that it’s not only a rewarding experience, but also that shelters are filled with a smorgasbord of the most amazing, delightful, intelligent dogs you’ll ever find on the planet.