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Dogs Latest Victims of Gosselin Divorce?

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Wow, this is a new low.

dogs in cage

Jon Gosselin is reportedly sending the family dogs -- two German shepherds -- back to the breeder.

Shoka and Nala are on their way out. Why? According to, Jon has been telling pals it's Kate's fault because she won't take care of them when he's not at the house.

"Jon blames Kate for having to give up the dogs," a source close to the situation told exclusively. "Of course, these days Jon blames Kate for just about everything."

You might recall Jon's earlier statements about his dogs: "Those kids beat them up, climb on them, pull their tails, bite at them, drag them around, and everything you can imagine not to do to an animal, they've done."

The Humane Society of Berks County, Pa., received tons of complaints about that, so Jon released this statement to the HSBC:

"I would like to clarify a recent statement I made regarding my family's two German shepherd puppies, Shoka and Nala. The statement -- if taken literally and out of context -- could be misinterpreted and I'd like to set the record straight. We understand the responsibilities of being good dog owners. Whenever my kids are with Shoka and Nala, everyone is carefully supervised to ensure that no one -- dog or child -- is injured. Shoka and Nala are loyal companions who we consider members of our family. We would never do anything to hurt them, and treat them with the respect and love that they deserve."

Does "treating them with the respect and love that they deserve" include shipping them off and ripping them from the only family they've ever known?

Do you think sending the dogs back is right or wrong? Comment below.

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18 comments so far | Post a comment now
Leeza September 17, 2009, 1:28 PM

These 2 dogs are the children’s dogs, not Jon’s dogs. Once these dogs ran into the front door,cuddled in each of these poor children’s arms and ran around the yard playing with these children,though dogs,they became family! Jon complains about the price of HIS therapy, why not allow these poor children the greatest therapy known to man.DOGS.Even Kate who never wanted these dogs to begin with,should realize these 8 kids have already suffered enough.Their Dad is gone, he left. Now the dogs they love are GONE.Forever they will ask themselves why everyone and everything they love most “leaves” them. They will always ask themselves what is wrong with themselves that everyone leaves.The dogs were the only REALITY they had.Jon and Kate can spare some change for sure.They should have hired a round the clock dog trainer that would have taken care of the dogs completely, which would cost way less than the price they will pay for this loss for many years to come!So selfish! Both Kate and Jon are.All they talk about is that their main priority and concern is the well being of their children! They both need a reality check and the best therapy money can buy! (a.s.a.p.)

Jill September 17, 2009, 1:34 PM

Too tragic. Pets: the forgotten sufferers in a divorce. And I just read an article in the Washington Post today about the poop scooping business and how it’s booming. Perhaps they can step in and help clean up? September 17, 2009, 3:22 PM

These parents need to learn to stop hurting each other. Time to put the children ahead of their petty games.

cameron September 17, 2009, 5:21 PM

i agree. enough of the gosselins. go home.

Vita September 17, 2009, 6:14 PM

I think that Kate and Jon should be sent back to their breeders…they should concentrate on their children and what would make them happy….taking away the dogs is just something else that would change in their lives something else that leaves. Both of these people need to step back stop seeing the dollar signs and think about those kids.

Shelly September 17, 2009, 7:59 PM

The only real promblem about this story is that Jon had strict orders from the queen herself to get rid to the dogs. Kate did not like those dogs from day one! and now Jon is unfit because he is following orders again???? What? Since Jon’s words aren’t reliable for the kate fans, How about the same thing came out of the kids mouths too. He was only following orders as he always has. Blame Kate for her on parts.

Shannon September 17, 2009, 9:23 PM

I wish they would just take this show off the air entirely. It needs to go off the air. I think that every time the air it, TLC should set aside one more dollar for 8 therapists. I watched this show alot in the beginning, I just don’t see the point in it being on TV now? It’s like watching a slow car wreck?

Deezer September 17, 2009, 11:42 PM

What I dont understand is that if he’s so concerned about the dogs then why isn’t he taking them instead of sending them back to the breeder?
Shoot you dont want them send them my way!!

dessertgirl September 17, 2009, 11:58 PM

Leeza - “Their dad is gone. He left.” Yes, that is what happens when the MOTHER FILES for DIVORCE. Couples generally take up separate domiciles at that point. Kate FILED FOR DIVORCE not Jon.

It was Jon, however, who was assigned dog duties. It was Jon who was sent outside to pick up the poop as per Queen Kate’s instructions.

I agree that it is totally cruel that the dogs were sent away. All children should learn the unconditional love of a dog. I worry that the kids have seen the few relatives and friends that the family had disappear and now the dogs. Will the children assume an additional pressure to be perfect so as to not be sent away as well?

Last Saturday, Kate was in South Carolina doing a convention and Jon was in NYC. The kids were in PA with the nannies and babysitters and the dog. I don’t think that people thought about feeding and grooming the dogs when there were 8 children to take care of. Saturday PM Kate returned only to leave for NYC the next afternoon where she was to do The View for Monday and Tuesday. Then the gig stretched to do the Friday show as well so she had to tape on Wednesday afternoon. Who knows whether she went home after that.

She left 5 five-year olds and two 8-year olds with strangers/nannies for five/six days as well as the previous weekend.

There are strangers getting the kids up, dressed and off to school. They have to be driven to a bus stop.

What kind of a mother does this. Kate has been seen coming out of the hotel with Steve, her bodyguard. Do they sleep together? It sure looks like it.

Now that Kate sees that she might be able to get her own show, she will ditch the kids. They are of no use to her any longer.

The kids are in a big gated prison while Jon and Kate are out and about doing what they like. There are no neighbor kids to play with. You don’t see the twins or the little girls going off to ballet class or any other fun things that kids do. You don’t see them getting dressed up and going to a friend’s birthday party or that they are going off to Brownies. These kids go to school and film and that’s their life unless they are off to an event that is being filmed.

The children are the real losers in this debacle. I seriously doubt that much money has been set aside for them as both parents are buying everything they can put their hands on. Both parents have bought expensive new SUV’s worth over $70,000 each. They travel and Kate certainly doesn’t deny herself anything. They are spending the kids’ money not their own.

Curtis  September 18, 2009, 1:36 AM

My son’s have two Guinea pigs, they were so cute and cuddly when we first brought them, now they’re big ad disgusting and draw flies, I refuse to get rid of them, however, because the reason we purchased them in the first place was to teach our son’s to love and care for something other than themselves. Jon and Kate are teaching their children that it’s OK to love something but when there is no longer a need get rid of it. I really think Jon and Kate needs a reality check seriously - because one day the kids may just discard them as well.

Jenna September 18, 2009, 10:49 AM

Why are we still talking about these stupid GOSSELINS? Enough already. Rumor is she might host a show. God help us all and those children. NO ONE WILL WATCH.

Lisa September 18, 2009, 11:08 AM

Kate’s better at working the PR so she’ll come out smelling good on this one. Nothing is ever her fault, she dumps the blame neatly on Jon. She’s used the dogs to threaten the kids on their show several times so I’m sure they knew the dogs wouldn’t last. Those kids don’t have anyone who really loves them last in their lives, Mom makes sure of that, when even grandparents are offlimits, how do a couple of dogs stand a chance.

Anonymous September 18, 2009, 2:24 PM

Woof Woof !

Anonymous September 19, 2009, 7:30 PM

anyone ever stop to think that maybe this is in the best interest for the dogs and the family? mainly for the dogs. whatever his reasons or excuse is, at least he is doing the right thing by the dogs and not allowing them to stay in a home unwanted and probably mistreated. the dogs are still young and can be adopted and loved the way they deserve to be loved.

Trevor September 20, 2009, 6:38 PM

The dogs appear to be German Shepherds. I’ve owned on, the best and smartest dog I have every owned. Sadly, she had to be put down recently due to illness.

With this said, as much as I never believed my Shepherd would harm a child, I would never my children alone with her.

No, he did the right thing by this. As for those that consider these the “childrens dogs”, sorry, I disagree. There are no such things as a child’s dog.

There are pets that are good around kids, but that isn’t instinct, instinct is to hunt and kill. It’s tempermanent, training and socialization that is keeping them from that.

Me September 22, 2009, 3:23 AM

Maybe they both need a dose of Dr Phil

Patricia September 22, 2009, 3:40 AM

Jon when are you going to take a stand and stand up for yourself? This show has run its course, these parents come and go out of their kids lives, Kate is more consumed with her book tours and whatever else she is into these days, Joh, well Jon is Jon, no backbone,grow a spine will you? All kids when they are little will pull tails, roll al over dogs etc. kids will be kids, Kate has a taste for the money and anything that gets in her way usually is gone. Now these beautiful dogs who are used to their enviornment and the kids will go back to their breeder, it is probably best forthe dogs, now they can be adopted by a loving and caring home, Hey Kate isn’t it time for your hair appt. or book tour? Hey, TLC, I think it is pretty obvious that this show needs to go, Jon and Kate need a good dose of REAL LIFE REALITY, no cameras, no audience, no more paychecks, see ya!!!

Anonymous October 11, 2009, 5:18 PM

john needs a beating the dogs are the kids and if they are not being taken care of it is one thing or is he just trying to get his name in the news again. He is such a cry baby

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