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Saturday, October 20, 2007

And I like Muenster

And I like Ellen Degeneres. A lot. Even after her ridiculous, if not well-intentioned, celebrity antics this week.

If you haven't heard about it, you can read it here.

But I'll summarize: Ellen adopted a puppy from a non-profit rescue/adoption agency called Mutts and Moms. Said puppy couldn't get along with her cats, even after training. Ellen gave the dog to her hairstylist, a woman with two girls, ages 11 & 10, I believe. The catch? When Ellen adopted the puppy she signed a contract saying she would return the canine to the agency if there ever came a time when she could no longer keep the animal. Someone informed the agency that Ellen had given up the dog, and they showed up on Sunday and removed the dog from the family's home.

Ellen's response? A tearful opening monologue on Tuesday's show, begging the agency to return the dog to the family, as the two little girls are devastated. And did I forget to mention that Mutts and Moms also has a strict policy on not adopting out to families with children under the age of 14?

Now, I want to start by saying that I think Ellen does have the best of intentions in this fight: she wants the dog to be happy and well-taken care of. What bothers me is that by saying that's what she wants (in tears, nonetheless, and on a nationally syndicated talk show), she is implying that the agency does not want the same things for the dog.

But shouldn't one assume that these policies are so strictly enforced for the well-being of the dogs? Why would two women start a non-profit canine adoption agency if they didn't love dogs and didn't want to do their best to find them safe and happy homes?

The two female owners of Mutts and Moms are being unfairly maligned, and Ellen should be ashamed of the way she's handled the situation. The celebrity breaks a signed contract, and somehow the small business owners are the bad guys. It must be intimidating to stand up to one of the most well-liked celebrities in our country, but I applaud Mutts and Moms for standing their ground. They have a business to run, and what sort of message would they be sending to future clients if they allow their rules to be broken by celebrities who bully them with tears?

Sorry, Ellen, but I'm gonna have to chalk this fiasco up to another celebrity thinking they're above the rules.

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Blogger elphaba said...

I begrudgingly agree, iheart. (BTW, when I say your name, iheart, it makes me think I'm speaking to a carebear or rainbow bright sidekick) I begrudge because I tend to be a spirit of the law kind of girl. Meaning, the idea behind the agency is to place dogs in safe and loving homes?? I'm assumming?? So maybe say," we understand the dog was passed to a third party. We respectfully ask that they go through an application or screening process." If you look at the facts, however there was a contract, there was breechage, they had the right to do what they did, Ellen (voicemail voice) had the right to her free speech, Ellen (voicemail voice) should have mourned in private.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Blogger "Molly McGee" said...

Anytime I can help people conjure up images of Rainbow Bright, I'm happy.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Blogger Lois E. Lane said...

I LOVE titles and sentences in general that start with "and" ... English teachers are missing out :)

Tuesday, October 23, 2007


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