New judgment from "Verdict Vicki"... Gotta love it!

By Jennifer Stoeckl, MAT - Dire Wolf Project CEO, May 25, 2023
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Sources of Pet Dogs

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Yesterday, as I do almost every day, I posted a short YouTube video on our Dire Wolf Project Channel.

In this video, I featured our 14-day-old puppies from the Genius litter (Essex/Regina).

They were NOT happy to have their sheets changed because the familiar (comforting?) smells disappeared.

SO cute!

Little complainers.

They wanted their mommy because they didn’t like the new, colder, clean sheets. haha!

So funny!

So, I captured their complaining in a video and posted it on the Tube.

Here’s the link to see those cute babies complaining about their new bedding plight:

Well… a one-woman judge and jury, Vicki Newman, decided to comment on how to make the world a better place.

Here’s what she said, “Maybe beautiful now, GET the moma fixed, and Quit being the problem for pet over population !!!

Gotta love comments like these.

YouTube decided to highlight the comment for extra punch, too.

Swell. *eye roll

Anyway, I just ignored it.

“Virulent Vicki” won’t get any love from me.

But, I love sharing these comments with all of you because it gives me a chance to speak the truth with more reasonable minds.

Maybe some of you have lingering doubts about getting a puppy from a breeder.

After all, the “Adopt, Don’t Shop” crowd has been around for some time now.


They have been VERY successful with their message.

In 2016, for the first time in US history more dogs were adopted from a shelter/rescue than acquired by a breeder/pet store/friend/relative. AMAZING!

Here’s another graph clearly showing this trend. In 2016, New Jersey saw the largest percentage of dogs adopted compared to the number entering a shelter/rescue facility.


Don’t get me wrong, though.

I strongly advocate for adopting dogs from shelters and rescues!

Do you know what life is like for a dog in some of those confined, sterilized, concrete holding cells?

Get them into foster homes as soon as possible.

Give those dogs rehabilitation training skills immediately.

I know many shelter workers and foster parents who could tell you the saddest stories about dogs in shelters and dog pounds.

It is no long-term solution for man’s best friend.

It hurts my heart to even think about the stories I have heard.

I suppose it beats the alternative of starving/dying on the streets, being severely abused by scrupulous owners, or mistreated by animal hoarders and puppy mills.

Why oh why do innocent dogs have to suffer at the hands of so many?

So… please… if you have the time to invest in training and don’t mind not knowing the ancestry, purchase a shelter dog and save a life.

In fact, most first-time dog owners should start with a shelter dog, in my opinion.

Find the softie in the back corner staring at you, pleading with its eyes to be seen and heard. This dog isn’t jumping up onto the fence and making a ruckus. It sits patiently waiting while the crazy, energetic, brainless ones up front take all the glory. The one patiently waiting in the back willing you to see it is the one with a calm thinking brain that shouldn’t be in a shelter. If you find that dog at the shelter and develop its trust in you, you’ll have one heck of a dog!

I know because those are the types of dogs we breed.

Our dogs wouldn’t survive in a noisy shelter with those energetic, stimulation-starved  dogs.

And frankly, I wouldn’t have it!

We never allow our dogs to be placed in a shelter.

I once drove across the country to pick up one of our dogs that wrongly had been placed in a shelter.

Working together with our amazing connected owner group, we got the dog released back to us.

He was immediately placed in a permanent home and is doing well with his new family to this day!  

From time to time, we receive inquiries about shelter dogs that look like our dogs. We analyze them all to make sure none of them are American Dirus dogs.

The vast majority are not.

In fact, to my knowledge, I only recall twice when we have found our dogs at a shelter. They were both retrieved immediately and rehomed.

You see, what “Vilipend Vicki” assumed was that the Dire Wolf Project must be like so many other breeding facilities she imagines in her mind.

We are not!

We track every single dog and where they go. We know the owners personally because we keep in touch. We take back and find new homes for any American Dirus dog at any age.

Or… if we can’t find homes for them right away, they come back to live with us.

In a sense, we are a breeder/rescue facility all rolled into one.

In fact, we actually have several adult spayed females in need of homes right now.

But, she didn’t care about that little detail.

All she wanted was to judge us and spread her message of disdain for all dog breeders regardless of who they are or what they might stand for.

A precious pile of puppies persisting in their plight couldn’t simply be enjoyed with a giggle to brighten her day.

No… political punches must be propelled at the perpetrator of puppy proliferation!

If you have been waffling between saving a shelter dog or adopting an American Dirus dog, you can have the best of both worlds.

Several of our adult dogs are in need of warm, loving homes to call their own.

But, the good thing with rescuing one of our adult dogs is that you know their ancestry, we stand by the genetic health of our dogs for life, and you can rest assured none have been abused or mistreated a day in their life.

Here is the link to find out more about them:

At the same time, two remaining Mr. Roger’s Litter puppies are for sale OFF the waiting list.

These two girls are both very smart and love so deeply.

Here’s to the best dogs you may ever have!

Here is the link where you can read more about them:

Remember: If you want to begin the journey toward American Dirus ownership, the first step is to complete the puppy adoption questionnaire so that we can get to know you better.

Click the link below for the application:

And if you have been approved, placed your deposit, and are ready for a puppy, let us know.

You only have two more weeks reply to this email to tell us you wish to go active for the most current Genius Litter.

Here is the link to the official Dire Wolf Project waiting list:

Jennifer Stoeckl is the co-founder of the Dire Wolf Project, founder of the DireWolf Guardians American Dirus Dog Training Program, and owner/operator of DireWolf Dogs of Vallecito. She lives in the beautiful inland northwest among the Ponderosa pine forests with her pack of American Dirus dogs.