This afternoon while cruising Facebook I came across the following post from a very wise man named Jay Kitchener. I asked him if I may share it here, because it describes what we breeders have witnessed for years. A laughable (if the situation were not so tragic) double standard between puppies and dogs from dedicated dog fanciers and dogs available at shelters.
So Mr. Kitchener's post really struck a nerve with me - he sums it up so well.
You might be an animal rights radical if you believe that:
- It's wrong to sell a dog for profit, but you should never give one away for free.
- It's all how a dog is raised. The dog's breed doesn't matter.
- It's all how they are raised, but getting an adult dog from the street will make a great pet for your family.
- All dogs are the same, no matter the breed, so if you want a lap dog a 50-pound stray will be perfect.
- Intentionally breeding is bad, but accidental litters are great, and those are the puppies you should desire.
- Christmas puppies are bad unless you get them from a shelter.*
- Pet store animals from licensed and inspected sources are bad, but shelter and rescue dogs from completely unknown sources are good.
- Tail docking and ear cropping are "mutilation" of dogs, but ripping out a dog's testicles or uterus is an act of "kindness."
- Ear cropping is "cruel" if done on a dog, but perfectly acceptable if done on a feral cat. (Feral cats are ear notched after spay/neuter).
- Kennel crates are bad unless they are being used by a shelter or rescue.
- Keeping a dog penned or tethered outside is "cruel," but keeping a dog crated 23 hours a day is not.
- Mixed breeds, with unknown history of health issues for parents and themselves, are healthier than purebreds with parents that have clear genetic and other health tests.
- Selling well bred animals for profit is a no-no, but stealing someone else's well bred animals and selling them for profit is ok!