Jon Gosselin gives the family dogs back to the breeder, blames Kate

Jon Gosselin gave his two German Shepherd dogs back to the breeder, and is rumored to have blamed his estranged wife Kate for it. His supposed justification for giving away the dogs is that Kate doesn’t take care of them when he’s not there. Jon Gosselin has enough money to buy $1,000 shoes. Can’t he hire someone to walk and feed the dogs for him when his wife has custody of the children? No, he has to make an already-difficult divorce more traumatizing for his kids by taking away their pets. It’s all about Jon and how he was wronged. The guy probably doesn’t have any friends, ex-lovers (shudder), or family he can trust to care for the dogs, but he can surely hire a pet sitting service if he wants to keep them. Instead, he had to make the pitiful point that his wife won’t let him keep his beloved pets. He is such a piece of work:

Okay animal lovers, divorcing a spouse is one thing, but getting rid of your dogs is quite another. Jon Gosselin is sending his two German Shepherd’s back to the breeder as part of the fallout from his divorce from Kate.

While the eight Gosselin children are staying in the family’s Wernersville, PA home, their parents are splitting time there, trying to avoid disrupting the kids’ lives but also not wanting to be around each other.

Now, Shoka and Nala, the family dogs are being discarded and 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.”

Jon has given several interviews recently and been brutal on Kate, saying he “despises” her and loves girlfriend Hailey Glassman more than he ever loved his wife.

He’s also in the middle of another scandal, with his kids’ babysitter, Stephanie Santoro now coming forward and confirming she had a sexual relationship with Jon – a fact first reported by

But Jon’s attempts to blame Kate for getting rid of the dog simply isn’t fair, one source told The dogs have always been Jon’s and while Kate was willing to do whatever she had to she simply can’t handle them and Jon didn’t make any other arrangements for them to be taken care of. He now lives in an apartment in New York City and never considered getting a place where he could keep his dogs, the source told us.

“Kate’s being gracious about the situation, she’s not going to blame Jon,” said the source.

Earlier in the summer Jon caused an uproar when he made comments to about the 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., where the Gosselins live, received numerous complaints about the family and animal cruelty, prompting Jon to release a statement to teh 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.”

[From Radar Online]

When will the ridiculous stories end about this family? This guy has the mentality of an immature teenager. I think I learned the most about Jon from an interview that was posted by Radar yesterday with nanny Stephanie Santoro’s mom. Jon is said to have blamed Stephanie for telling his other girlfriend, Hailey, about their relationship. Then when Stephanie swore up and down that she didn’t tell Hailey, Jon begged her to lie to Hailey and tell her that their relationship wasn’t sexual. When Stephanie refused to do that Jon got mad and broke up with her, but then he sent her a bunch of text messages trying to get back with her. He’s a tool of the highest order.

Jon no longer wanted the responsibility of caring for those dogs so he ditched them and blamed his soon-to-be ex wife for it. This incident seems to roughly parallel his behavior as a husband and father.

Meanwhile Kate Gosselin is rumored to be in talks for her own mom-centric talkshow co-starring The Food Network’s Paula Deen. If it goes through, will Kate do the right thing and halt production on her reality show? I doubt it.

Jon Gosselin, his kids and his dogs are shown out on 9/15 and 9/7/09. Credit:

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  1. Firestarter says:

    Blame as much as you want on Kate, a-hole, it still doesn’t change the fact that you are pure vinegar and water!

  2. MonicaBee says:

    I saw pictures yesterday of when Jon & Kate first met. The resemblance between Kate & Hailey Glassman is uncanny.

    That being said, Jon Gosselin is an utter douchebag to the nth degree. I had a feeling something was going to happen to those dogs; it was a matter of time with this family. Hopefully, the dogs are better off with their “breeder” (who, were it a good breeder, never would have sold two puppies at once to the same family to begin with).

  3. Just a Poster says:

    Wow.. just Wow. I cannot even try to form a thought about what a douche this guy is.

  4. binc says:

    this makes me sick. guess kate really didn’t want the dogs either b/c she apparently didn’t stop him.

  5. Sudini says:

    I had the same feeling MonicaBee – Every time I saw a pic of the dogs I worried for them. Hopefully they’ll be well cared for moving forward.

  6. photo jojo says:

    I think it’s probably better for those animals anyway. Too bad someone can’t take the kids too, and they can be with someone (anyone!) who has the time and inclination to care for them.

  7. bittercup says:

    At least the dogs get a second chance for a normal family- those kids must be jealous.

  8. Why doesn’t he just take the dogs with him when he leaves? He is such a selfish pig.

  9. donna dot says:

    this jon is an a-hole! when you get a pet…you are reponsible for it like you are responsible for your kids. you don’t give your kids away.

  10. lottaluvin says:

    This guy is the absolute worst.. He needs his rear-end kicked. I wonder what the president thinks of this jerk. (giggle, giggle)

  11. Shelly says:

    I think this is horrible. Those kids have lost enough and their little lives have been disrupted enough, now they’ve lost their dogs. Kate didn’t show much affection toward the dogs from the beginning but if Jon was so torn up about it, why was he messing with his stupid cell phone while he was loading the dogs? And why didn’t he get a home with a yard where he could take the dogs instead of some playboy bachelor pad? He’s such a waste of space.

  12. javelin says:

    If only they could send their kids back to the breeder… I really hope in-vitro docs stop producing litters of babies. One at a time; we’re not animals.

  13. DoMaJoReMc says:

    While I cannot stand Jon and KHate, I had to watch the old episode this week from when they actually got their dogs from the breeder. The whole time when they brought the dogs home, KHate BITCHED about everything. In this instance, I cannot say that I blame one more than the other, but these puppies deserve more than they are getting from this family now. In defense of the breeder, he seemed like he knew what he was doing by giving 2 puppies to the family. He seemed like a credible breeder and apparently one who is reputable.

    These puppies were a gift for the children for Christmas that year. Will they get something else in place of the dogs? How can these poor kids NOT feel resentment towards their parents? God bless all 8 of them. (‘Cuz they’re gonna need it!)

  14. elle em says:

    When the series is cancelled and there’s no money to be made off of the kids he will probably give them up too!

  15. Roma says:

    When my husband split he left our 6 month puppy with me, claiming he never wanted it though he was the one who instigated getting a pet. Over 3 years later, that dog is the best companion I’ve ever had.

    In such an awkward time, Jon & Kate should have come to an agreement over the dogs for the sake of stability and companionship for the kids. But I guess that’s beyond their skill set right now.

  16. tinlizzy says:

    I am as guilty as the next person about wanting to read what the “latest” antics are with this bunch – but, I seriously think the airing of dirty laundry needs to cease and someone needs to get concerned about taking care of the kids – and I’m not talking the two adults who are behaving like kids. Kate is so intent on creating a “career” on tv – and idiot here is reliving his childhood with all his gadgets and expensive toys that were provided by the intrigue of the public for their children. The children have now been shoved aside and all eyes are focused on “what is Jon or Kate going to do next?”. Personally, I’m glad the dgos are going back – but, we ought to be thankful that children can’t be given away like that – or they would probably surrender them also. Neither parent seems too overly concerned, any more, about the tots – they’re too into themselves! So, if interested were to wane – would they go away?

  17. Linda says:

    This is interesting reporting and slant of this story….anyone who has watched the show realizes how much Kate hates these dogs! In a way, Jon is doing what is best for these poor animals and getting them to a loving environment.

    Watch the episode where Kate screams at Jon to lock the dogs up in their cages because that is where they belong. I’m sure while trading parenting duties on the property, the dogs were caged 24 hours a day by Kate leaving Jon no choice but to give his kids dogs back to the breeders…Yes, they were the kids dogs – a Christmas present for the kids – watch the show and you will see Kate tell everyone that she’s getting dogs for the kids for Christmas.

  18. Beth says:

    Are the people at the fence fans? It’s creepy how they are looking at the kids like they are an attraction.

  19. Ana says:

    I don’t see how hard it is to take care of them. Put them in their cage at night. Feed, water them. Let them loose in the morning?
    I think it is good he gave them back to the breeder. Most people I know would turn around and sell them which I think is wrong.

  20. Cathy says:

    I am surprised he didn’t hire a doggy nanny that he could take advantage of just like the others

  21. OXA says:

    I agree with Linda, Kate even said that she was not a dog person, they were dirty, smelly things. I could not believe she did not allow the kids to pick their puppies names, saying she was doing it as she did want to hear stupid names. All she ever did was scream at people to cage them, from what I have seen,the poor dogs are better off if she refuses to care for them when Jon is not there.

  22. pebbles says:

    please, no talk show for Kate.

  23. crash2GO2 says:

    Although I’m sure the dogs are better off, I feel awful for the children. Just one more loss for them to cope with. What a selfish ass. Both of them!

  24. The Domestic Goddess says:

    This is laughable. In the show where they get the dogs, it was in fact Kate who said “oh these are MY puppies”! Both parents are pieces of work in this instance, and I don’t doubt Kate didn’t look after the dogs. They were gifts for the children, (according to what was said on the show). Perhaps in the end, it is best that the breeder takes the dogs back. These “adults” are not deserving of their animals, and frankly, not their children either.

  25. Sigh. says:

    This is the very definition of their marriage —

    Jon said he was fine with just 2 kids, Kate insisted otherwise – BOOM – 6 more, then he allows them out by the fence by strangers/paps.
    Kate made it more than clear she was not interested in dogs in the house – BOOM – 2 dogs, then she waffles on responsibility.

    Seems like par the tit-for-tat course for this passive and not-so-passive aggressive marriage.

    He must not be too invested in them either, because he could have considered them when he looked for his new residence…

    And the dogs are the lucky ones – they got out.

  26. gg says:

    ITA with Sigh. Who else would even consider getting not one, but TWO huge dogs when you have already stupidly just had 8 kids you can’t handle. Idiocy. Nobody thinks in this family.

  27. Jillian says:

    I’m glad for the dogs. The last thing the Gosselin’s needed was two puppies. They need a home where they can receieve the attention they deserve. Kate made it clear she never liked them anyway.

  28. Michelle says:


    I never liked Jon and Kate before, I can’t stand either of them now, and am sick of/could not give less of a shit about either of them or their personal lives. WHY ARE THEY EVERYWHERE?

  29. melissa says:

    im sure the dogs are actually happy to get away from 8 screaming kids, one control freak and a douchebag.

  30. RealityJunkie says:

    Neither Kate nor Jon are gems in this tangled mess. However, one of them was b!tch-slapped nearly every day for 10 years and the other preened for cameras in what is little more than a 30 minute case of verbal diarrhea decorated with pictures of cute kids.

    I want to know more about the “gag rule” that TLC has on Jon and why it is necessary. What is TLC afraid he is going to say? Perhaps that TLC knew the marriage was over for 2 years and continued taping the “family” show?

    Pity Kate, please. She is truly suffering. She used to travel to promote herself & the show with the luxury of a stay-at-home dad to take care of things. Now she is forced to be with her kids 50% of the time… not a month into the program she was already beating them. She needs your prayers!

  31. Prissa says:

    They would never give up the kids like that. Who would make the $$$ in the family if they did????

  32. Jag says:

    I’m sorry for the children, but this is the best thing that Jon has done since this all began. Those dogs now have a chance at a loving, stable home. And I do agree with placing 2 dogs in one home with many children like that; otherwise, the kids would’ve been overwhelming just one dog.

    Hopefully, the kids will get the emotional support they need, and won’t be making a trip to a pet store for some other kind of animal to “bridge the gap,” like a turtle or bird or something.

  33. Cinderella says:

    Those dogs are partying like rock stars right about now.

  34. Peggy says:

    I KNEW from Day One, when I saw that Jon and Kate were getting puppies–that would become large dogs–that this was a recipe for disaster. I love animals of all kinds and have had dogs and cats (and others) as pets through the years, but let’s face it: pets are like needy children. They can grow old but will never grow up. They require constant care. Just cleaning up messes is a full-time job. When one already has eight young kids, two more of the animal variety can be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. It was inevitable that they would get lost in the chaos, not only of the household, but also of the crumbling marriage. The children will get over the loss, if they ever truly cared for the dogs in the first place. At least they (the dogs) were sent to a responsible home. The Gosselins should never have taken on these pets in the first place.

  35. the original kate says:

    i don’t understand these photos, are they in their yard or a petting zoo? wait – are the kids the petting zoo? it wouldn’t surprise me for this couple to charge people to pet their children. poor things.

  36. JaundiceMachine says:

    Like Linda and others, I think this is very carefully crafted PR on the part of Kate.

    I certainly buy that Jon is a worthless slacker who blew off responsibility for the dogs – but come on. We all know who wears the bitch-pants in that dysfunctional mess of a relationship.

  37. sacra says:

    It is odd how for the first few weeks or months after the divorce/separation became public, Jon really didn’t show this vitriolic side. It wasn’t until the press started bashing him for his behavior that he decided to turn on Kate and try to play the victim. I’m tired of him blaming her for everything wrong in his life.

    At least she has maintained an ounce of civility in her comments about him; when their kids go back and Google their parents, he’s going to have a lot of explaining to do for these comments and actions.

  38. TaylorB says:

    I have an opinion or two about this breeders judgement when he not only allowed but pushed to place littermates with inexperienced dog owners, but setting those opinions off to the side I do think Jon made a good choice returning the dogs it is probably best for the well being of the dogs.

  39. Liz says:

    Why did he get a place IN NYC instead of closer to his kids.

  40. Anastasia says:

    Believe me those dogs are much happier now. Kate always HATED those dogs.

  41. MDD says:

    Too bad the kids couldn’t take their parents back to factory for some real humans…

  42. Corina says:

    Ugggggggh I despise both of these people but when you adopt a pet, it’s a lifetime commitment. Then again so are kids and neither of them seem to make their children a huge priority either. That being said, I have the perfect solution…

    Jessica Simpson should adopt the dogs! I think she could use some big, smart, protective dogs to keep her company. They would love her forever because she is likely less crazy then the Gosselin gang and she would pamper them because they would be her new babies. I bet she would even let the kids visit, she needs all the publicity she can get. Am I right???

  43. Katyusha says:

    Gosh darnit, Gosselin! I said I would take the dogs!
    It doesn’t surprise me that he could give them up so easily.

  44. sam says:

    It is ALWAYS better for the animals to be in a stable loving environment. Regardless of the kids missing their pets. There are practicalities and safety issues involved. Dogs need proper care and attention. Its a hard decision to realise that you can no longer care for an animal properly.

  45. Maritza says:

    I don’t blame Kate for not wanting the dogs, with all her guest appearances and stuff she does, plus the 8 kids, who wants to come home and deal with 2 dogs too! He should pay for someone to take care of them.

  46. Lesley Webber says:

    I do blame Kate because if you watched the show, Kate is not an animal lover and I doubt she is going to walk the dogs, bathe them or cleam up dog poo. The family never should’ve gotten the dogs in the first place because Kate was against it. She went BALLISTIC when they pooped and pead in the house. Hey, Kate, that’s what puppies do………. Jon did the responsible thing. Since he doesn’t live there 24/7 the dogs need to go to a home where they can be cared for. I highly doubt Kate was doing anything for them; I bet the kids were even the ones feeding them.

  47. mrbaskums says:

    This man isn’t even responsible enough to take care of his children and we should be surprised that he didn’t give two pennies about the dogs?

  48. eternalcanadian says:

    first of all, when i saw that show where they got the puppies i knew it was bad news when i saw how kate complained about this and that. they should not have gotten the dogs in the first place, and it is good the dogs were taken somewhere they will get better care.

    secondly, that picture is creepy! all those people behind the fence just looking at the kids. like they’re on display at a zoo. oh that is so not good, not good.

    i look forward to the day tlc cancels the show. they should have done so as soon as they found out kate and jon had separated. the kids are already going to have serious emotional problems later in life being on display like that.

  49. Mandy H says:

    Why does this man have to blame his soon to be ex for every bad choice that he makes? What is he teaching his children,, do whatever the hell you want then play the victim card. At least they have a strong mom to learn from. She may come across as hard on the show, but she had to do what she had to do to provide for her children, Jon sure wasn’t going to provide for his family.
    Those poor children, to now lose their pets. I just hope the moron is not telling the kids that the dogs are gone because of their mom.

  50. Jazz says:

    I feel bad for those kids. They’re living on a TV set, not in a house. If Kate is too busy chasing a TV career to look after the dogs then it’s probably for the best the breeder finds them another home. Pity the breeder can’t find the kids another home as well. One that doesn’t have TV set lighting and cameras all over the place.