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Jan Dykema

will be interesting to see how this book meshes with Kerasotes glowing praise for "The Bond".. by his new best friend Wayne Pacelle


What in the world is wrong with simple ABSTINENCE????

Francesca Cristina

I am looking forward to reading the book. I have always recomended my puppies that are sold to pet home should be spayed or neutered after a year old.i had no evidence to prove otherwise but felt the dogs should be allowed to have hormone flow until at least a year old to reach full growth I have noticed standard poodle males neuterd very young are sometimes very slight as adults.We are only begining to understand the critical importance of hormones on all facets of human health why not dog health??/

Karel Minor

While the Spay/Neuter mantra has been used on the animal welfare side as solution to every problem facing man and beast, sowing doubt on S/N based on "potential" shortening of life is silly. The extra animals which as young adult mixed breeds are vastly more likely to be euthanized when entering shelters as strays certainly face a more acute "shortening of life".

Responsible breeders are disingenuous to act as if the fact that THEY don't have accidental or "just one for the kids" litters, the vast majority of pet owners won't. Balancing a very real euthanasia likelihood for those mixed breed litters when they enter shelters in 18 months as young adults rather than cute puppies against a suspected shortening of life or postential health concerns is a red herring. It would be like a gun owner with military training advocating for everyone to have automatic weapons because he or she knows how to use them safely. There must be a balance between the potential rsik and the real risk.

Shelter euthanasia due to strays and surrender pose the single biggest direct threat to the lives of animals. A combination of smart animal control laws and keeping only responsible (real) breeders from breeding- which, BTW, would drive of the market value and price of dogs which they should like- might have an impact. Running around claiming someone's dog might live a year less or hurt a knee in the face of shelter euthanasia doesn't do anything but confuse the real problems.

Lastly, I'm unaware of the great crisis of mandatory sterilization facing pet owners. While lots of shelter folks spout S/N Now, they aren't getting it very far. Isn't this a argument in search of a crisis?

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