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I DO Exist...To- Drive You Batty
|Barked: Mon Nov 12, '12 3:10pm PST |
|Who are "they," though? I think that's casting too wide a brush. If there is to be a sense of community on these issues, one needs to underscore "only the very best." Do you think that is Toto has been lobbying, in example? I highly doubt it. I would assume you highly doubt it also
So props to Toto. Who is a great breeder. And yet, I am sure she has had her share of upsets despite all that she does. But we can't expect her to be a Swami. There comes a time where the blame has to fall on the ultimate shoulders to which it fairly belongs....CASH CROPPING breeders and the DISPOSABLE dog mentalities. Those are roots of this problem.
The AKC is of course behind a lot of that lobbying. Guilt by association perhaps, but it's also by some views the only gig in town. Not only to show your dog, but they are in contact with breed committees to fund health research, and perhaps most importantly have created programs to help enhance the bond and inspire others to enter into the dog ownership the right way and to expand their investment and experience via the CGC program, etc. Their pet ownership programs are strong, inspiring the right ethics about the bond and joys of owning a dog. So they totally suck eggs on one hand, but other directives are extremely important. Click on their main site and they have an entire section devoted to pet owners (real and prospective)....breed education, responsible breeder resources (as deemed by the breed club), guidelines for health care and responsible ownership, info on how to get involved in titling and dog events, a kid interactive section. And of course lotsa lobbying links The UKC has an entire section devoted to lobbying, and minimal pet education. They may seem more credible and to some extents are, but cater to things such as the hound culture (yikes on that one!, lol) and aren't on a par with the AKC as regards pet owner education. So there is your grey area. If I had to vote, I would say the AKC sucks. But were they not to exist? I only need say DOODLE! The AKC not standing up has diminished their credence. But it is that lack of credence that has been a boon to the BYB industry, and overtaken a rather gullible public. Make of that what you will.
Beyond this, there is a challenge, controversial though it may be, and enough to give the author of the Blog thingie a heart attack. How controlled must responsible breeders due to the S/R crisis? What does that obligate them towards? I am comfortable with saying some breeders don't love dogs, only their breed. Some breeders are elitist and don't like mutts. Like at all. Does that weird me out? ***Absolutely.*** But is there some obligation for them to care? I don't think we can DEMAND breeders look past that. We can HOPE they do, but we cannot demand it. I mean, I don't think anyone should shop at Walmart. I will give my speech that America is falling as we stop supporting the mom&pop's and let our own bottom lines fate us to some corporate controlled empire to the death of small, tightly knit communities that are America personified. Sooo....I forbid you ALL, right here and right now, shopping at Walmart EVER! Because families are getting ruined! Communities are collapsing! And it is on you, you, YOU!
Ok, so I am not going to say that really You want your Peter Pan Crunchy at a good price. I get that. Enjoy!
Some may say that is different, but at least by some counts, it's not. You have your dollars to spend, and if you are a chain junkie and that is where you do your spending, then it is directly affecting the ability of mom&pop's to survive. On one hand, just in drop in the bucket, but given enough complacency we will all be controlled by corporate America, given time. Some will say they don't give a flip, some will sigh understandably but do not really want to alter, and some will be enlightened and will.
I think it can extend. The incidence of breeder performed pediatric speuters is increasing. I get why. However, a lot of breeders feel this is not to the benefit of their dogs. They would prefer a later spay. That is their right. Because dogs are dying in shelters does not necessarily equate with speutering a nine week old puppy, if you have limited reg, speuter contract, screen homes. And feel in your heart and gut that it is not in the best interest of your puppies. Perhaps it is in the better interest of the S/R crisis, but if you are scrutinizing your buyers, have an application and approval process, sell on limited reg or without papers until a speuter is done, perhaps that is enough. We can talk about ethics, but obviously a breeders #1 concern is the welfare of their puppies. If they in their heart believe pediatric speuters are the way to go, it is their right.
That they care to the utmost about THEIR dogs is the most we can reasonably expect.
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