Life With Dogs Attacks Dog Breeders

Life With Dogs, whose business model is exploiting animal suffering by aggregating and plagiarizing dog stories that are emotionally manipulative, has come out harshly against dog breeders over a bogus viral dog story.


The story itself originated in Spain and purports to show “rare” green puppies as if this is a newsworthy event.  It’s not, the green puppies are actually just stained from the placenta which is a mundane occurrence in dogs.  It also has nothing to do with the rather worrisome green that sometimes happens in human birth from meconium. In humans, if there is fetal distress the baby can relax its anal sphincter and poop meconium, which is green, which can stain the skin and cause infections if it is inhaled during birth.  In dogs the meconium is not green and it is not the cause of green puppies.

Green is (most often) completely normal in a canine delivery.

A portion of the canine placenta contains a green pigment. This green pigment is called uteroverdine [biliverdin]. When it appears at the vulva, it is a sign of placental separation. It is a signal that a puppy is being born. It is not a bad sign. It is not a sign of fetal distress. It is normal for the color green to appear in the amniotic fluid of the puppy.  If a placenta has been held back in the body of the bitch, the uteroverdine may even discolor a subsequent puppy slightly and the boy of the puppy may be slightly green. This is not abnormal. Under almost all circumstances in the dog, green is not a bad sign. The amniotic sac my be quite green in a whelping situation and it is completely normal. The green is simply a by-product of the uteroverdine in the placenta.

There is one exception. Because seeing green at the opening of the vulva is a signal that a puppy has separated from the placenta, it IS a bad sign if there is a green, pasty looking discharge from the vulva and your bitch is not in labor. If your pregnant bitch is just walking around normally and is not in labor, green discharge means that a puppy has separated from the placenta and there are problems. Call your vet immediately.

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In the case of these Spanish hounds, which are born with very light colored coats, the green is easier to see than on dogs with darker coats.  There really is nothing newsworthy about this at all.

But facts never stood in the way of a slow news day and an overwrought dog story to fill space. The secondary headline of the “Two Green Dogs Born in Laguna” story claims “Experts in reproduction on the faculty of the Madrid Veterinary school analysed the case and assure that they have not seen anything like this in Spain.”  This is utter stupidity and a clear sign that animal husbandry standards are falling right along with standards in journalism.  But of course instead of consulting an actual reproduction specialist, they’re going to send off samples for “viral and bacteriological analysis.”

Since the color is from the natural oxidation of heme, there’s no viral or bacterial component and the appeal to grand mystery is just a tactic to cause confusion and hype a non-story into an eye-ball catcher.  And it’s worked, the story from a small online news outlet has gone hugely viral and has been picked up by dozens of “weird news” peddlers like Life With Dogs.

And the stupidity just gets thicker from there.  Check this declaration written by  Life With Dogs Admin Melanie at the end of the Life With Dogs mostly plagiarized version of the story:

We here at Life With Dogs do NOT encourage breeding while shelter dogs perish.  Please spay and neuter your pets, and find real employment of your own.

Great, yet another outlet that does little more than aggregate other people’s content and package it for sale using SEO tactics, combined with snotty anti-breeder rhetoric, just like DogTime.  Bleeding heart idiots who can’t seem to comprehend that nothing about dog breeding causes shelter dogs to die, in any way.  Dog breeders don’t fill shelters, they sell dogs to people based upon their mutual love of the animals.  In fact, the act of buying a dog instead of getting it for free from an oops litter from family or friends is a major factor that will prevent those dogs from ever going into a shelter.  So too is taking a dog to a vet, but obviously one more qualified and experienced in the actual life cycle of dogs than the one in the story who thinks a natural part of dog birth is a virus or bacteria.

Equating shelter deaths, which have fallen to new lows (fewer than 1.5% of all dogs per year) as they have for the last 40 years, is a vicious tactic by the animal rights movement who wants no pet animals, no animal breeding at all–equating owning a dog to slavery and eating meat to cannibalism and murder.  And such tactics work on stupid and ignorant people as exampled by the comments on the Life For Dogs story:



The comments from their Facebook link were no better. In fact the idiocy is so thick even GMOs were blamed for the tragedy of green puppies.  Jonathan Aaron makes the only intelligent comment on the thread save the few knowledgeable people trying to set the record straight on the unremarkable green puppies.

June 12 at 4:08pm

Marissa Carmona Santamaria Omg poor puppies. Something is not right.

June 12 at 4:12pm

Cheri Montminy Dean Wow must be a GMO thing.
June 12 at 4:29pm

Letty Whittaker The mother looks malnourished, shame on those breeders!
June 12 at 4:28pm

Laura Leigh Tripp I don’t agree with any breeding either just making that clear . Way too many animals are abused neglected and passed away like trash its sickening
June 12 at 4:26pm

Ashley MacDonald That mama dog does not look good. Hope she got spayed and is saves from having more puppies.
June 12 at 4:34pm

Nida Magallanes The color is a fault..
June 12 at 4:37pm

Suzanne Sharma A mother dog that is so thin….dis disgusting and then also they have to sleep on newspaper?? I would be to ashamed to even post this picture on FB…. sad sad sad humans… wondering if your children are also in this condition…..why have a dog if you clearly dont know how to love and care for her…and its not a sif Spain has not got enough stray dogs…why the hell is this dog not spayed….. you make me sick….
June 12 at 4:41pm

Debbie Harsh I’d like to know where that Veterinarian got his license….
I’ve seen more commenters on this story knowing exactly where/how the green tint comes from than he did.
That poor dog looks to be in hideous conditions…poor thing has probably been bred too many times. I can’t even tell what kind of dog it’s supposed to be… sad and sick.
June 12 at 4:42pm

Blanka Kaiser Jonathan, WTH?? I hope someone convinces this woman to spay her dog and stop breeding. I wholeheartedly agree with the statement…these people should find real employment instead of living off the misery of these dogs! The mother dog in this picture looks miserable. ADOPT, DON’T SHOP!!
June 12 at 4:50pm

Connie Wasik Poor mommy must be very ill.
June 12 at 4:54pm

April ‘Skwertle’ Cranfield The mother looks in awful condition , she had been bred far too much I would certainly question her loving conditions poor little girl
June 12 at 4:57pm

Kathleen Teixeira Mama probably ate poison
June 12 at 5:05pm

Beth Bruski put him out in the sunlight. maybe the wrong genetic marker went off, and he has clorophyl (sp?)
June 12 at 5:14pm

Chelle Courtright My favorite quote of the article, “We here at Life With Dogs do NOT encourage breeding while shelter dogs perish. Please spay and neuter your pets, and find real employment of your own.”
June 12 at 5:23pm

Raven Elizabetta That momma dog is abused. Her face and condidtion of her body says everything.
June 12 at 5:40pm

Bridgette Milway They have abused that dog and obviously put green in its fur the mums nose is green the dog is sad and unhealthy obviously shit owners that have no kindness to animals
June 12 at 5:58pm

Cynthia Rosa Possibly copper toxicity or poisoning
June 12 at 6:12pm

Vicki Wolf I LOVE the Life With Dogs statement at the end: ” We here at Life With Dogs do NOT encourage breeding while shelter dogs perish. Please spay and neuter your pets, and find real employment of your own.” I want to send this to all irresponsible breeders!
June 12 at 6:12pm

Harriet Amacher I think somebody is messing around where they shouldn’t. Leave experiments in the lab. I don’t mean lab dogs either.
June 12 at 6:35pm

Preetha Devayya I hate the concept of’ breeding’ as all the innocent puppies born don’t get home’s with unconditional love which they deserve.The mother of these green pups looks malnourished & stressed out.Life is not all about money & acquisitions only.
June 12 at 9:43pm

Kenneth Ilaya Hefford put them in the sun and maybe they will undergo photosynthesis
June 12 at 10:04pm

Marcella Louise Curtis What made them Green, whatever it was must of made the little girl sick and died
June 13 at 1:13am

Jonathan Aaron “We here at Life With Dogs do NOT encourage breeding while shelter dogs perish. Please spay and neuter your pets, and find real employment of your own.” – “Real employment”? Like reposting ZERO original content on your blog? Wow, you worked so hard to get paid for some bogus social media-themed job. Jobs don’t just magically appear for the rest of us who don’t have rich, well-connected family.

I’ve only rescued dogs, but this little jab is insulting to everyone, not just breeders, who has struggled or is struggling to obtain employment doing hard work that gives back to society. How many people do you think gave up their dogs because their taxes pay for your parasitism? You’re ignorant if you think most people breed dogs as anything but a hobby. In an ideal world, there would /only/ be dog breeders, because people would raise and obtain dogs responsibly.

You took an innocuous story, and used it as a political soapbox to castigate responsible dog breeders, and everyone who doesn’t have your advantages at getting paid to do next to nothing. Don’t you feel any shame? Some of us get enough whiny politics on Facebook. I don’t need any more from you, unsubscribed.
June 12 at 4:19pm

Saskia Madding **Jonathan Aaron** – I think their point is that while SO MANY animals are being euthanized in ALL countries because of a complete overpopulation problem, there really *is* no “responsible breeding”.

***You cannot ethically breed animals as a source of income, in a world where so many are killed or die because they are unwanted.***

It happens a lot – people exploiting animals in order to make money. All you have to do is look at headlines about backyard breeders and small scale puppy millers.
June 12 at 4:23pm

It’s very disappointing that a non-story has been used so effectively to trump up even more unjustified anti-breeder hatred. This blog has hundreds of thousands of words devoted to breeder wrong-doing, but it’s based on facts and science and the sincere belief that by outing the actual corruptions of the culture we can improve it. But stories like these are not helpful. They propagate myths and engender hatred undeservedly, and all because hack outfits like “Life With Dogs” exist to earn ad revenue off any story of mild interest that can be inflated with puffery techniques into becoming a viral kerfuffle and increase ad revenue by getting sheeple to bawwwww and click and share.

It’s disgusting really.

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Christopher Landauer is a fifth generation Colorado native and second generation Border Collie enthusiast. Border Collies have been the Landauer family dogs since the 1960s and Christopher got his first one as a toddler. He began his own modest breeding program with the purchase of Dublin and Celeste in 2006 and currently shares his home with their children Mercury and Gemma as well. His interest in genetics began in AP Chemistry and AP Biology and was honed at Stanford University.