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|Barked: Tue Nov 13, '12 10:51am PST |
|@ Lobo....I don't think it's so much about someone's rights to their opinion (some people simply do think this way), but Dogster actually putting up such a "confessional." This is the sort of thing that promotes a negative backlash. I mean, a few have cropped up on this thread to say they have had rescues to this point but now are planning to get a breeder dog! Or Mulder, who I doubt thinks it's impossible to get a working prospect from a shelter, but knows full well that you are in ways simply better off focusing on a good breeder and known pedigrees (which is extremely helpful), full assessments and someone there for you for the life of the dog and whatever problems you may face. People start saying extreme things because they are really abraded.
There are just certain things, certain very healthy and reasonably true things that are commonly used in shelter promotion that end up getting mocked in some way, making a statement made FOR adoption promotion get attacked. I mean, let's look at these logics:
1. "I grew up with a [specific breed of dog], and I really want one now" and "every once in a while a purebred will come through." Ok. That's sort of true. Of course, seldom are those going to be puppies, which is often what such a person looks forward to. And those who come through who are not old and who have glistening good behavior are most often gone in a split second...often never listed because of a waiting list behind them. So you don't get a puppy, likely will not be getting as good an example of the breed, are blocked from knowing the dogs pedigree (often something important to purebred buyers), and need to get on a very long waiting list or just throw your hands up and get something old or with some issues? This is what getting a dog has become? I had in two rather spectacular GSDs last year. One of them, not entirely sure he was purebred, but he was a great, PERFECT dog. But I did doubt he was purebred. The other, KNEW she was purebred and had some nice blood behind her (could even recognize some lines in her), but she had SA...was destructive and could claw her way out of any crate. Now certainly, I never, EVER want to discourage anyone from rescue. If you are determined to get your purebred through rescue, I think that's fantastic. But such sweeping statements as this do open the door for it being mentioned how hard and compromising it can actually be.
2. "I want a puppy who I can start training from a young age" paired with "this doesn't mean you can't use a shelter in your quest for the perfect pup." Ok, that's nice, too. Fails to underscore that not only do you not have a clue as to your puppies genetics, but you know that mantra when buying from a breeder and making those decisions how important how the puppy is raised and socialized is? All of a sudden, that ceases to matter, and you are taking on a puppy you would walk away from in a second in a breeder setting. Not optimally raised, weaned from momma too young, under socialized. I in my heart know puppies are very resilient and can often rise above it, and totally champion shelter pup adoption. But again, you find yourself abraded and underscoring a glaring truth. Standards that not only matter but are INSISTED UPON with breeder purchase all of a sudden fall flat.
3. "I want to know what kind of personality I will get" paired with "Well, friend, that's just not going to happen." Um, yes it is I've had breeder dogs for many years, and while each has their certain surprise as dogs are individual, all are what I imagined, as they were "in range." Maybe some have had health problems, but off their lines they were expectable. A couple had a behavioral moment or two, but were well anticipated due to their breed and genetics. There are no true "surprises" if you do your homework and hook up with a good breeder. You do your research and address what you might face, decide if you are cool with those possibilities or not. There is a lot more control, and plenty, through selective purchase, you can do to mitigate the odds of those occurring. Far moreso than knowing literally nothing.
4. "My friend once adopted a dog, and it was aggressive" paired with "But isn't that sad?" Nothing here spikes me more! That is your rationale? That is "sad" so somehow that solves....um.....what? There are equally dogs who have been to hell and back. I mean, what do you want? I've seen it! Do you want shot? Do you want nearly starved to death? How does having scalding water poured over you and then left to die, and when you didn't abandoned at a shelter's doorstep with the dog in so much pain she didn't move an inch? That was Cookie....the scalding water dog. Who loved everyone. Totally unaffected. As exists in the purebred community, some dogs simply have better composed characters. What MATTERS in the world of dog breeding doesn't matter outside of it? Good character is good character. Do I think you can't get that in a shelter? Hell NO! I have seen so many it makes me want to cry. But don't expect a nation to all of a sudden think they need to tolerate poor or dangerous behaviors, let alone burden them, because it is "sad."
5. "I want to breed my dog with another, so I can sell the puppies for money" paired with "Well then, you are a creep, and I have no use for you." Finally, a more rounded moment. Although maybe if you weren't so high and mighty and would realize some aren't as enlightened and need to be talked to intelligently. Might that actually be more productive and potentially stop them? I dunno....just a thought
So in this ANTI adoption article, this author thinks it's all very cool to be on a waiting list forever to get an undersocialized puppy of unknown and likely craptastic genetics whose horrid behavior you will accept because it is "sad."
If I ran a rescue with those sorts of language and I would be begging for someone to shoot me.
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