Please please please ... stop the backyard breeding of dogs! Allowing the mating of two dogs does not make you a professional or responsible "dog breeder." Yet I can't tell you how many people tell me, "I got my dog from a breeder." We are grateful for what our MCHS (now Appalachian Animal Rescue) and other organizations do to educate the public, rescue and re-home unwanted dogs but it does not solve the root problem. Licensing real dog breeders and penalizing those who make easy money selling litters of pups to the less informed, unsuspecting public might help, but is not likely to happen anytime soon. I am not looking for more laws, I just wonder why we can't be responsible adults, do the math, and think about the long term problem we create including financial burdens to communities and the sadness of stray, unwanted, neglected and abused dogs. The numbers are staggering.