Ellen versus the dog rescuers

Apologies for coming late to this story about Ellen DeGeneres and her rescue dog, but better late than never.

As our sister site, Scottish Terrier and Dog News, has mentioned in the past, we don’t always find dog rescuers to be the most easy people to deal with. In fact, we can now reveal that some Scottie dog resuers even called for a boycott and delinking of our sister Scottie site because in the past it had featured designer dogs. According to the rescuers, designer dogs or hybrids are more likely to be abandoned (although they don’t seem to have any statistical proof) and any publicity they get just makes a bad situation worse.

Unfortunately, this situation was not atypical. Despite the good work they do, rescuers can be very prickly. In the Ellen case, she did indeed violate her contract by passing the dog on to her hairdresser instead of returning it to the rescuers. But why did the rescuers have to go and seize the dog? Couldn’t they have gone and checked out the new home and if everything was okay left the dog there?

Rescuer Marina Baktis, who runs Mutts and Mamas now says she would never give back Iggy to the family that DeGeneres handed him off to. “No, that is not a consideration at this point, no,” Baktis told Access Hollywood. “Not after the way we’ve been treated, no. We have been terrorized, it has been horrible.”

Indeed, Baktis has been subjected to unforgivable treatment at the hands of aggrieved Ellen fans, but her reaction seems childish. And what of Mutts and Mamas” silly stipulation that small dogs shouldn’t got to households with children under 14?

All that said, in another incarnation, the Daily Dachshund has had some dealings with Ms. DeGeneres’ publicist Kelly Bush and we can testify that she is every bit as unreasonable and doctrinaire as the extremest dog rescuer. In fact the New York Post received a voice mail message from Bush to Mutts and Mamas saying:

“This is Kelly Bush. We are filing a legal case against you. We are going to be contacting the media. This is not going to be good for your store or your organization. You did not do the right thing. You need to call back. There is no reason for you to take this dog. Please call back before this gets further out of hand.”

And now Ellen has cancelled tapings of her show due to all the dog drama.

Oh well, instead of watching, you can study these photos of Dachshunds rescued in 2006.


Collage of rescue Dachshund photos
Rescued Dachshunds adopted in 2006, originally uploaded by Hope H.