by Michael dEstries
Categories: Animals
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biden_puppyTo be fair, Vice-President-Elect Joe Biden never said that he was planning on rescuing a pup from a shelter. However, it is kind of a bummer with the news this morning that he purchased one from a breeder in Pennsylvania. There are few major press opportunities to shed light on animal rescue organizations — and while Obama has been drawing the most attention with his potential choice — Biden still could have made a difference. From the article,

The vice president-elect picked out a month-old male German shepherd from a breeder in Chester County, Pa., according to the Daily Local News. The breeder told the paper Biden wanted a family dog that was social and obedient and said Biden’s granddaughters will name him. The puppy will be delivered to the Bidens at the vice presidential residence after the Inauguration and after the breeder trains him, the paper reports.

It’s worth noting that Biden is a staunch supporter of animal rights — being one of the few politicans to receive 100+% on the Humane Scorecard for supporting every major animal protection initiative. So, we’ve still got nothing but love for Joe — and hope he continues to use his power to help others. Good luck with the new pup!

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • Elaine Vigneault

    That’s a shame. Shelter dogs are great (I speak from experience). Besides, training your dog is a wonderful experience, why have someone else do it? He’s missing out on wonderful learning and bonding experiences.

  • Donna Hughes

    While I agree that if possible one should rescue an animal from a shelter, I don’t think that a person should have a guilt trip laid on him for opting to buy from a breeder for whatever personal reasons either.

  • Richard McDonough

    Glad he did not promise to resuce an animal from a shelter, because he would have been criticized for misspelling.

    Actually, taking a shelter dog is often a good idea. However, given the gentleman’s duties and time constraints, he just may not be in the position to do what those with more leisure might like him to do. This sort of piece, by the way, is what gives green a bad rep.

  • michael

    Even with advanced technology, spelling still manages to elude me.

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  • hil

    I am sure he chose a reputable breeder that treats it’s animals with respect. I wonder if sense it’s a german shepard, if there is some special training he’s having the dog go through? I know that breed has a lot of talents.

  • JN

    If you all put as much energy in humans as you do in animals we’d be in the United States of Utopia by now.

    Wonder how many of you eat meat but claim you support animals lol

  • Benjamin

    As someone with three rescue/shelter dogs and who volunteers at a local shelter, this does not bother me at all. There is nothing unethical about buying from a reputable breeder who operates in a responsible and humane manner(unless you’re a PETA type, in which case I don’t really care what you have to say).

    German Shepherds are a great breed, one of my favorites, so good choice there. I would just like to see Biden(and everyone else) come to his senses on the drug laws he has so enthusiastically backed and recognize that when you continue to fight and continue to lose a war for 80+ years, doing more of the same things that have continued to fail for 80 years is not just stupid, it’s insane.

    I hope his future choices on drug policy are as good as his choice of dog breed.

  • Julia

    “Reputable” or not, either one still breeds more animals and only makes the overpopulation problem worse. There are plenty of young, older, well trained, good animals in shelters that are adoptable. No need to spend a lot of time on them. Many are purebreds too.

  • erin

    I’m with Julia on this one. Plus, it doesn’t require a lot of time at all. is a free non prof website that allows you to go put in the breed sex age location and all the other info you want and find the dog that’s just for you. If Mr. Biden had his assistant do this I’m sure he could have found a great dog in about two minutes. I know there a ton of German Sheperds right in my area on there. PUPPIES no less.

    NO excuses.

    For every animal you buy. Another one will die.

    Bottom line is adoption is the only viable option.


  • VeggieTart

    JN, a lot of us who post here are vegetarians or vegans. So those of us who are disappointed in Biden’s decision support animals besides cats and dogs.

  • Colleen
  • Natasha

    What a moron!

  • Moretta

    Biden might be an animal lover, but his practices are old school. From going to a breeder to hiring someone with a police background to help him find an obedient pup, Biden is doing what many of his generation do in the belief that it makes them responsible pet owners.

    Unfortunately, it’s NOT the right thing to do. First of all, German Shepherds as a breed have been ravaged, health-wise, by breeders — there are now health and personality problems prevalent that are entirely the result of selective breeding practices. Second, hiring someone with a police K-9 background isn’t so smart if you want a family dog — the attributes are almost entirely different.

  • Deena

    There are probably a zillion German Shepherds in rescue and waiting for adoption across the country.

    This is really disappointing being that shelter dogs really need the press.

    Get a second dog and please adopt it!

  • Jackie

    Let’s see if he ever gets that 100% score from the Humane Society again.

    Even more reason he SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER!

    Biden’s true colors as an double dealing politician elitist are shining through and his spokesperson is tone deaf on this issue.

  • Macy

    Kennel where Biden bought puppy is cited

    Monday, December 15, 2008, 9:44 PM
    By Amy Worden, Philadelphia Inquirer, Commonwealth Confidential

    The state Department of Agriculture has issued citations to the owner of the Chester County kennel where Vice President-elect Joe Biden recently bought a puppy.

    In a kennel inspection report posted online Monday night Linda Brown, owner of Wolf Den kennel, was cited for violating the dog law for failing to provide records for dogs purchased or sold and failing to produce complete rabies vaccination records for her adult dogs.

    Rabies vaccinations are required for all dogs over three months of age.

    Dog wardens also found a strong ammonia smell inside the house where a number of dogs are housed, and broken wires and piping in several outdoor kennel areas. As a result they issued warnings for maintenance and sanitation and will conduct a follow up inspection in the near future, the report said.

    Brown could face fines of up to $500 for each citation. It was the kennel’s first negative inspection report in five years.

    Brown, of Spring City, who also operates as Jolindy’s German Shepherds, holds a commercial kennel license that allows her to keep more than 250 dogs. She had 84 dogs on the property when the inspection took place on Dec. 10.

    Biden bought the six-week-old male German Shepherd puppy from the kennel earlier this month.

    The actual report can be found at

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