Ok...so you are all warned..I need to get some hot air out before I self combust, but please do join my self-conversation. I promise not to burn you with my steaming. So...it all started over a year ago and I was sort of expecting it...but when I took my older one for her second lot of jabs (12 weeks old), nurse said..."have thought about having her done yet? We can do her from the age of 6 months." And just other day something similar was mentioned about my younger one... ...yeah...that how I felt about it, but I did hold my tongue and gave polite smile and said 'it is bit early to think of that...' It was even mentioned when I said I'd like to my dogs have at least couple of seasons first... "oh you are one of those who think old fashion ways.." !!! And now every vet visit, what ever the reason all we hear is hints and straight recommendation my girls needing to be spayed. "responsible dog owners should do that to prevent unwanted puppies" Well helllooooo…..the way I see it, responsible dog owner keeps his bitches safe and away from dogs! After all it is case of 1+1 = puppies. And I see it that dogs, which ever sex will need their hormones to develop fully and basically it is necessary for their general biology. Just like with us. I can understand if there is medical need to have them done and I respect other dog owners decisions to make their own mind with their dogs...but I just cannot bare this 'force feeding' for neutering in every occasion. Particularly when medical research evidence for neutering and spaying clearly demonstrate it is not holy answer for dogs health and they can actually bring on health issues. And yet almost no vet talk about the adverse effects... So to be clear, I keep my girls intact as long as possible until there is actual reason to have them done. I don't mind the few weeks in the year we are bit limited and I have to be on my toes and make different arrangements to the usual. Nor I want any more puppies into our lives and I am fully prepared to prevent it to ever happening. I shall have to stick to my guns unntil the vets agree that they could do the job by still leaving the ovaries in to produce the necessary hormones. That is what is done with us human 'girls'...they don't do routine clean sweep for the reason! Pheewwww…..that eased the pressure 'cooker' a little...only a little though!