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How to Be a Responsible Pet Owner

Puppies are great fun but also a great responsibility. We'll help you navigate through everything–from the adoption process to providing the best products and veterinary care.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Dogs

Find the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about dogs, including questions about breeds, grooming, health and behavior and everything in between.

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Getting Started with Your Puppy

Welcoming a dog into your home requires a lot of work and preparation. To get you started, we'll help with training, discipline, play time and everything in between.

You may not realize it but the products you use to keep your house clean could be dangerous, or even toxic, for your dog. Many commercial cleaning products contain harmful chemicals that can be hazardous for your dog if he inhales or ingests them.
You may not realize it but the products you use to keep your house clean could be dangerous, or even toxic, for your dog. Many commercial cleaning products contain harmful chemicals that can be hazardous for your dog if he inhales or ingests them.
Many dog parents keep cleaning products that are not safe for dogs around the house.  Cheaper and just as effective as the products you buy at the store, we’ve found a few DIY cleaning supplies you already have in your pantry.
Many dog parents keep cleaning products that are not safe for dogs around the house. Cheaper and just as effective as the products you buy at the store, we’ve found a few DIY cleaning supplies you already have in your pantry.

What would you do if someone attempted to sell your dog on eBay? What would you do if they succeeded? This may sound like an episode of the Twilight Zone, but one German family lived through this trying ordeal. You read that right. When they fell behind on their debts, a German official collected and then sold […]

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What would you do if someone attempted to sell your dog on eBay? What would you do if they succeeded? This may sound like an episode of the Twilight Zone, but one German family lived through this trying ordeal. You read that right. When they fell behind on their debts, a German official collected and then sold […]

The post German Debt Collector Sells Family’s Beloved Pug on eBay appeared first on iHeartDogs.com.

What would you do if someone attempted to sell your dog on eBay? What would you do if they succeeded? This may sound like an episode of the Twilight Zone, but one German family lived through this trying ordeal. You read that right. When they fell behind on their debts, a German official collected and then sold the family’s beloved Pug on eBay.

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The story takes place in Ahlen, a northwestern German city. When a family fell behind on their bills (including the city’s $90 annual dog tax), a debt collector came calling. The collector looked to recover the family’s most valuable asset and he decided it was Edda, their beloved purebred Pug. Local reports said Edda belonged to a family of five, two adults and three young children. The father of the household had become a paraplegic after a work-related injury.

After the city seized the pup, they proceeded to sell her on eBay for 750 euros (about $850). According to The New York Times, a spokesperson from Ahlen called this “a pragmatic solution” to settle the outstanding debt.

The German tabloid Bild reported the listing said, “Sweet female pug with pedigree for sale! Not spayed!”

How does the saying go? The truth is often stranger than fiction.

If you think Germans don’t love their dogs as much as Americans, think again. More than 80% of Germans consider themselves to be animal-lovers and they spend about $4Billion a year on their furry friends. Needless to say, there was public outrage when a local government official sold this family’s Pug on eBay. We imagine the reaction would be similar if this happened in the US.

What Happened Next?

Edda the Pug was sold on eBay by local officials when her family fell behind on bills. Source: Associated Press

After the city confiscated Edda last year and subsequently sold her online, they said the sale was legal and justified because she was such a substantial asset. City officials said since Edda was set to sell at such a high price, her sale met the legal standard of whether or not she was valuable enough to cover debts. According to the Read full article on Blog