What's so utterly strange about Sibary's confession is that she's aware that buying and then giving away one puppy after another is a bit of a problem, but she doesn't seem to understand just how cruel it is.
"Maybe I'm like this because I was never allowed a puppy as a child. Maybe I just don't know my own limitations when it comes to training an animal and clearing up after it," Sibary wrote.
But when it comes down to it, Sibary blames the dogs, not herself. One of her puppies had to go because she was digging up the yard, another was too big and aggressive with other dogs and two more were given away for running wild on nearby farms.
Not once in the entire piece does Sibary stop to consider the specific effects that being given away to strangers might have on her pets, or the steps she could have taken to correct the behaviors she found so difficult, although she does pause to wonder what kind of example she's setting for her four children.
The reality is that dogs are pack animals who form strong attachments, and leaving the home they've known since they were very little can be scary, even traumatic. "Moving to a brand new home can be very stressful for a dog," according to the ASPCA, which urges dog owners to "thoroughly consider alternatives" before re-homing a pet.