At the end of the Undercover Boss episode with Mark King, CEO of TaylorMade golf equipment, I almost cried when he gave $3,000 to a 21-year-old employee so that she could buy a dog. She was a lovely girl, smart and dedicated to her job, so I don’t begrudge her the money. But this is what caused him to do it. While they were working together, she’d shown him a photo of herself, her husband and her dog, a Bull Terrier by the looks of him. Ah, I thought, isn’t that sweet.
Then it all changed for me. She said they had paid $2,000 for him, the money she and her fiancé had for their wedding. Now they want to get a “female and…” . She didn’t finish the sentence, but I did. And breed them and sell the puppies. She said “big” or another word indicating an adult female. I took that to mean she wanted one already of breeding age so they could get right to business.
Mr. King might as well have given her $3,000 to start an at-home golf ball-making businesses because she probably knows more about making golf balls than she does about raising puppies. And what she’s talking about is business. Evidently, neither Mr. King nor any of the show’s production staff were thinking about backyard breeding because the updates at the end said about her that she was looking for a larger apartment to accommodate the new “puppy”. She and her husband had been living in a trailer.
I might be wrong about her wish for a female dog so they would have a breeding pair. If so, I wish she had finished her sentence. Because I could almost hear the dimwits I know saying ‘see, it’s ok, other people do it.” Yes, unfortunately, they do. People foolish enough to pay exorbitant amounts of money for pups from Kijiji or Craigslist or backyard breeding friends then decide they can do the same thing and breed puppies to recoup the money they spent for the dog.
Unless her dog has spent time in the show ring winning ribbons and unless his daddy or mother is a champion, there is no good reason to be breeding pups from him. She was definitely proud of him, so I think she would have told us if he was a show dog.
Mr. King evidently has a soft heart and a degree of naivety about the problem of backyard breeders. He would have done the dog a better service by paying for his neutering and giving this girl and her husband a belated honeymoon in the Dominican Republic or whatever it was they had originally planned for the $2,000 they spent on buying their dog.
If I’m right, with her getting a female dog, the unnecessary cycle of selling overpriced pups continues. The people who pay her a lot of money for her dogs’ pups will want to make their money back too and, well, everybody’s doing it, aren’t they. So it must be ok. Not!