Biden Goes to Breeder for Pup, Bypasses Hideous Rescue Dogs

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Take a look at the photo of this hideous puppy above, and it's easy to see why Joe Biden went to a dog breeder to get his new puppy. Is this the best you've got, German shepherd rescue groups?

Pictured is Caribou, a German shepherd puppy available right now from Abandoned Animal Foundation Inc. in Coral Springs. That's if you can ignore the "rescued dog" stigma.

What Biden ended up with will surely end up cuter than this pup at a rescue group in Palm Harbor.

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Yes, it's hard to look at this this grotesque pup that's up for adoption from Save Pets of Today.

After the jump, more dogs that Biden definitely shouldn't have adopted.

Perhaps the reason Biden went with a breeder is that rescue groups are a bit selective and won't adopt out dogs to those who, say, have a bit more smile than substance. German Shepherd Rescue of Central Florida needs a good home for Tito, below, and it's unclear whether botox-obsessed Biden would've remembered to feed Tito twice a day.

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Biden apparently drove in a Secret Service caravan to go pick out his breeder-raised pup, and he just may have driven by Mid-Atlantic German Shepherd Rescue, the home of this disgusting dog, Charm.

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Now if you can stand one more sight of hideous shelter dogs, below is a holiday collage of photos from Tampa Bay German Shepherd Dog Rescue, which can apparently look beyond the fact that these dogs weren't pampered by a breeder from birth.

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If you can stand to look at more unattractive rescue dogs, take a look at Petfinder.com, which has, right now, 7,464 German shepherds that need a good home. Or you could just go to a breeder.

-- Eric Barton

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Purebredbreeders.com
Purebredbreeders.com

A reliable pet breeder does health assessments and makes sure to eliminate harmful creatures from the gene share. Unfortunately, not actually something you an depend on from save dogs or combined types.

Mary-Sue
Mary-Sue

lets shoot biden indeed!

Puppy Love
Puppy Love

Cute article. However, rescue places those cute puppies in a heartbeat.

Look, I understand the appeal of both. I've had second-hand dogs, purebreds, and mixes; they've arrived as grown dogs, as puppies, as adolescents; I've had true rescues and a dog who was loved and pampered from the moment she was born into her breeder's waiting hands until the day she died of lymphoma.

I've also worked in a shelter. We didn't see a lot of puppies -- yes, the fact that we had litters in at all does suggest someone needed to spay and hadn't. A shelter I didn't work for, but adopted from, cut their puppy-and-kitten dropoff rates to nearly nothing by offering a free spay when a litter was turned in. The puppies go first, and shelters and rescues usually get to pick and choose from multiple homes. What we saw day in, day out was dogs 6 months and up. I'm not 100% convinced we have a dog overpopulation problem, but I'm totally and completely sold on the RETENTION problem. Too, too many dogs in shelters (and almost ALL dogs in breed rescue) once had homes, and now do not.

Dogs are not all the same! I talk to people every chance I get about the joys of adopting an older puppy or grown dog. But whether you get a puppy or a dog, the way you match (physically and temperamentally) is key to keeping you together, and the dog in your home, for the dog's lifetime.

I'm not keen on this particular breeder -- not keen on large-scale commercial breeders. If Joe Biden had asked me, I'd have sent him to GSD rescue (by the way, you should know that almost all breed rescue is spearheaded by breeders), and done some networking to find responsible smaller-scale breeders of good pet-type Shepherds. But I won't second-guess and criticize a choice he's already made; the important thing is that this puppy have a home for life. Adopting another dog from better or worse circumstances won't help, unless the match is good enough for that dog also to have a home for life with the Biden familly.

Anonymous
Anonymous

If we are to believe it is bad to buy dogs from shelters and rescues then it seems that it is also bad to continue to produce babies when there are so many children that need to be adopted. Every day there are children born into homes that can not take care of them or do not want them. It only seems a logical assumption that if people should only buy dogs from shelters or rescues then people should only adopt children.

Love animals
Love animals

I'm glad the Bidens are getting a shelter dog and that they have a shelter cat. Wish he'd done that with the first puppy instead of buying from a puppy mill.

mweber
mweber

I have a rescued Greyhound (4.5 years on the track and 7.5 years with me), and a German Shepherd who's owner killed himself, who I got before she landed in a shelter.

My GS had expensive knee surgery - and swam in Linda Brown's heated pools to recuperate! Linda is a savior - who built an indoor, heated dog pool for dogs - with money from her father. She loses money on the pool, but does it for the love of her dogs. She is fabulous with dogs and it makes me sick for people who are illinformed to suddenly call her a "puppy mill."

Susan T
Susan T

Dear Joe,

Very well written. I wrote to Biden and let him know how disappointed I was. Of course his puppy is adorable but someone should send him the controversial PETA video clip.

I hope that puppy miller from whom he adopted gets alot of heat and the state cracks down on her and limits the number of dogs she can own and breed.

It makes absolutely no sense whatsoever to continue to put more little lives on this planet while at the same time we're killing them at shelters and pounds all over America because there aren't enough people willing to adopt.

For the most part, America just doesn't get it. How sad.

Thanks for your parody. Perhaps others will "get it" too.

Eric Barton
Eric Barton

Hey Nancy, you know I was just kidding right? To set the record straight, I'm writing this response while my rescued retriever is sprawled next to me on the couch. She really is hideously ugly, though.

And because of all the criticism, Biden told ABC News that he's going to get a second dog from a pound.

http://blogs.abcnews.com/georg...

No word if the vice president-elect is reading The Juice, but I'd like to think it was the photo of the skinny dog above that convinced him.

Nancy
Nancy

How dare you make nasty comments about the rescued animals!!! Spending to much time with certain shallow celebrites in LA, where looks, not brains and character, is all that matters? C'mon, Eric, let's see your photo. Even if you have a pretty face, you are ugly--you lack heart and soul !!!

All animals are wonderful !! I can't say the same about a lot of people.

Jacqueline
Jacqueline

This just in: Biden will adopt a second puppy from a pound - A Golden Retriever.

Story at Huffington Post.

reader
reader

Um, mary, i think the writer was being a bit sarcastic. Did you notice how they made fun of Biden in the end? I mean, those photos are just about the cutest ever. I don't think anyone would disagree with that. I love rescue pups!

Joy
Joy

I think Michelle needs a little love from a rescue dog. Clearly she has a stick up her ass.

mary
mary

there's nothing wrong with those dogs. i have 3 dogs, all rescues. one has 3 legs, the other is missing an eye and the third is deaf. they are the sweetest pups ever, and im glad to know that i rescued them. it is incredibly irresponsible to buy from a breeder when so many abandoned animals need homes. there is nothing "hideous" or "grotesque". i hate seeing that people have this kind of attitude towards neglected animals. they need homes too... plus i think they're all really cute.

Lala
Lala

I think it would have been a wonderful gift to an animal this time of year especially to have given it a home away from a shelter. My dog is a shelter dog, the two before that were strays and I can feel they know in their hearts that we adopted them and they have all been grateful, happy dogs.

rosekelly
rosekelly

Yeah, it wasn't a ' responsible breeder'. This is a Pennsylvania Puppy Mill. The woman has 84 adult dogs and cranks out about 200 pups a year for the past 40 years. The puppy he got also is 6 weeks old. Some states require pups be at least 8 weeks old before they leave Mom and litter mates to be properly socialized. Obviously all this puppy mill cares about is $$$, so she gets them out when they are still young and cute.....

Michelle
Michelle

Good for Joe! I hope he found a good reputable breeder and is letting everyone know. He will have a good chance of knowing the temperment, longevity and health of his dog due to having many generations of information at his disposal. He will have the opportunity to meet the parent, siblings and more distance relatives. And a reputable breeder does health checks and makes sure to remove unhealthy animals from the gene pool. Unfortunately, not necessarily something you an count on from rescue dogs or mixed breeds. Yes, those dogs are also cute but aren't necessarily the answer for everyone so let's let everyone make the right decision for them instead of forcing our own opinion on others.

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