|Barked: Tue Nov 13, '12 11:42am PST |
|After I read the article, one of the first things that popped into my head was that the author probably isn't all that familiar with dog people, as in real hardcore dog people. It's only the newbies who seem to see 'rescue' and 'breeder purchase' as two totally separate groups.
I know quite a few breeders and almost every one is involved with rescue in some way. They often support a breed specific rescue of their 'heart' breed, even if that's donating money, time, or kennel space. Many times they foster and take in overflow dogs from shelters, regular rescues or breed specific rescues because they do have some space and care deeply about the dogs.
I did some serious searching before I acquired my pup. And I am a puppy person through and through, after raising many pups for others, when I was finally in a position to raise my own...well, that pup wasn't sitting in a shelter up here in the Northeast. I knew what I would be doing with the dog, and knew which breeds would fit. Nothing out there. I need to evaluate whatever pup I care for in person due to allergies. So I heard about an oops litter through some breeder friends. Paid vetting costs, got to know that breeder and wound up helping with the litter a bit. I don't say that I 'rescued' because I really didn't. And I am the proud owner of a mix, so the real purebred snobs loathe us, too So I guess I've earned the right to piss off both sides.
I've worked for breeders; some truly good ones that I've thankfully learned a lot from, some who have been a shining example of what NOT to do. I've also volunteered and fostered for shelters and rescue organizations. I just love dogs no matter where they come from. I suspect that's true for a lot of dog people.
What bothers me more than anything is indiscriminate breeding for profit with no regard whatsoever where that life winds up after the money comes in or wether or not that life can be even moderately healthy. Mills, BYBs and the like are absolutely ruining some of my favorite breeds. There's a reason that some shelters are full up with 90% or more pit bulls and pit mixes. I also have a huge problem with the amount of retired racers in rescue STILL. Why is the dog rescuing public supposed to somehow absorb all the castoffs of a multi-million dollar industry? I used to work in pro racing kennels...some of them think y'all are suckers big time. Sad but true.
Edited by author Tue Nov 13, '12 11:44am PST
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