Monday, November 07, 2005

Monday Rant: Puggle Trouble

Because traffic was bad this morning and I'm a little cranky. And who better to blame everything on than Katie Couric?

Have you heard about the newest puppy rage? Puggles, which are a beagle-pug "hybrid" breed, are all over the news lately. The Today Show did a whole segment on them and their squishy adorableness. Click here to see puggle pictures.

They're so cute, aren't they? But as I was telling my husband on a walk last night, I think it's kind of irresponsible of these shows to feed the fire when it comes to fad breeds. Here's what I hope won't happen: thousands of people will rush out to buy these puppies for their kids this Christmas or Hanukkah, many of them unaware of the special needs of this breed, or unprepared for what it takes to raise a puppy. And then what happens? The dogs are ignored in the back yard. They end up in shelters. Special puggle rescue leagues are formed. Puppy mills start breeding them like there's no tomorrow.

The website posted a note today saying that due to increased traffic, the site is very slow during peak hours.

The media is not solely to blame. I just wish more people would think of animals as more than just entertainment or gifts, take the time to find responsible breeders, and learn about properly training and raising a dog (or any pet, for that matter). Let's show live footage of those cute little puggles peeing on the carpet, chewing $500 shoes, and whimpering through the night, Katie! C'mon, jump on the REALITY television bandwagon!

Ok, end of rant. I might rant again later if traffic is bad on the way home.


Blogger Lisa said...

KC is definitely rant worthy.

And to add to your rant, let's not forget that a big demand for these mixed breeds often results in unscrupulous people forcing dogs to breed repeatedly (and often too much so) in overcrowded, unsanitary, inhumane puppy factories.

Or that we should be encouraging people to rescue dogs from pounds and shelters rather than breeding new dogs just because they are all cute and puppyish and trendy.

Only another 9 months before I'm allowed to start thinking about a second dog!

10:47 AM  
Blogger Bearette24 said...

So Rowen will have a friend :)

I clicked on the link to look at the pictures, and saw some little beings who weren't puggles as we know them. Turns out that puggle also means baby platypus!

2:58 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

Baby platypus, huh? I wondered why some of those wee "puppies" in the pictures had such strange noses!

Not only are the puggles cute, it is also fun to say. Puggle, puggle, puggle.

3:04 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

Lisa, what's the significance of the 9 months?

3:06 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

That's when Rowen is 2 years old and "officially" not a puppy. I told myself that I would wait at least until she is out of her puppy years before getting another dog.

It's also when I'll be settling into a new place (I hope) based on where I get into grad school. Moving one dog is going to be enough of a challenge.

But Rowen really need a sibling to play with her. She likes to play constantly, even inside the apartment.

3:41 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

FYI---Jake Gyllenhaal has adopted a puggle.

Guess it's the new Hollywood accessory.


3:57 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

There have been many hits on this site from people looking for puggle pictures...

2:17 PM  
Blogger Frema said...

Those pictures are adorable! I want a dog so badly, but Luke and I's apartment is just too small to accommodate one properly. In the meantime, we will patiently wait to receive gold stars for our refusal to bring a puppy into less than ideal circumstances.

11:43 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

I wish all people were as pet-smart as you and Luke, Frema.

9:49 AM  

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