This morning I was scrolling through the ol’ Facebook feed when I began to notice something that really irked me. And it’s not just Facebook posts where I have encountered this particular notion. I’ve been walking down the street and had the same incident occur. Maybe you’ve even been in the same scenario?
Allow me to explain. Two days ago I was walking down the street with Jak, my new Greyhound buddy, and Morgan when a neighbor stopped me. They were curious about our newest addition and asked a handful of questions. I mean, it’s not everyday you meet a Greyhound. However, at the end of the discussion, after telling her he was a rescue, she uttered this phrase, “…well god bless you for doing that. Not many would adopt.”
This is where my inner lioness kicked in. I wanted to shout, “Hey lady! I have two fur babies! Not just one!” And I’ve discovered that there is a stigma going around the dog-loving community about where your dog comes from. Apparently, this also says a lot about you as a dog owner.
Well, I get where they are coming from. In many people’s eyes a purebred dog must come from a puppy mill. The parents must be locked away in some ruddy crate and never get any attention. Or, the dog comes from a breeder who is contributing to the overall over population of animals in the US.
Now, while I also hold with the idea that all pet stores should cease selling dogs from puppy mills and said mills should be shut down, I can’t say I agree with the second idea. You see, I understand that shelters are filled with many dogs. Everything from purebreds to mixes are arriving daily. But, not every stray/abandoned dog is caused by breeders.
I have one of each now. I have my new rescue, Jak, as well as Morgan, who I technically got from a breeder. But Morgan’s breeders adore his parents and love their puppies. They carefully pick who the puppies will go home to. And it is then the owner’s responsibility to care for and love them.
Now, in an ideal world each dog would only be bred if there were people to care for the puppies. In an ideal world there would never be strays/disowned dogs. But unfortunately, we don’t live in an ideal world. And to face facts if you want a pure breed dog it has to come from a purebred family. Whether that animal came from a shelter or not, it’s original parents were bred to produce purebred dogs. So, that shelter Boxer/Pit/Corgi came from either a puppy mill or a purebred breeder.
So, my issue has been this: my dogs are both purebreds. One just happens to be a rescue. Neither really has a tail. One injured his in the track, the other is a herder. The Corgi tail is docked to prevent injury in the instance the dog is used to herd cattle. Cows like to bite the dog’s tails. And our breeder docks them early, prior to choosing a home.
So, the next time you see a dog owner with purebreds think first. Don’t praise them for rescuing one and then ignore the other dog. That’s discrimination. Both of my dogs are fixed and the places we attained them from are responsible. We love our fur babies and wouldn’t trade them for the world!
(P.S. This is in no way intended to knock mixed breeds. I’ve owned two of them myself and loved the stew out of them! And those can be in the same boat: bred vs. rescued.)
Have a good one!