Jewish Journal


October 18, 2007

Ellen DeGeneres is barking up the wrong tree


Why am I defending Mutts and Moms against Ellen DeGeneres in the Great Doggy War of 2007?  Well, someone has to.

It turns out we adopted our dog Kira from Marina Baktis at Mutts and Moms three years ago.  Marina was a thorough pleasure to deal with.  Not at all the crazy, doggy-Nazi Ellen is making her out to be.  In fact, for us she bent the rules, allowed us to adopt without a home visit, and decided to forego a follow up visit.  Obviously she felt confident we knew what we were doing.  Beyond that, she drove 30 miles to deliver Kira to us. 

Mutts and Moms specializes in pregnant, hard to place dogs—a pretty thankless job.  Maybe Marina was wrong in Ellen’s case, maybe ellen was wrong, maybe it was a misunderstanding—but for Ellen to go public and mobilize her legions against a private citizen devoted to the welfare of abandoned animals—how cruel is that? She could have handled it a thousand better ways.  Yes, be kind to animals.  But humans are animals too, Ellen, right?

—Rob Eshman

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