Don't get me wrong. I advocate adopting animals from shelters but it really aggravates me when, for example, I read or hear a story about a rescue dog saving someone's life and people say things like "That's a shelter dog for you! They're so grateful and loyal." It really bothers me. It isn't just rescue dogs that are loyal and a dog's love and devotion for their human has nothing to do with where they came from. Dogs that come from breeders and equally as capable of saving a human life or protecting their household. Also, it really makes me angry when people act like you are going to hell because you paid for a dog when there are dogs in shelters that need homes. I understand animals are killed in shelters because of overcrowding. I hate it when people are not responsible with their animals. In my opinion, I am responsible with my dogs, and my puppies when I choose to breed them, and my other animals, and people should mind their own business about my animals. Does that mean that the only people who should have puppies/kittens are people who will abandon them at a shelter? Why should I be criticized for being responsible and selling puppies to people who will take care of them. It's not like the people I sell puppies to would go to a shelter if I didn't offer one of mine. Also, by that logic, the only people that should have children are people that are going to put them up for adoption or abuse them and have them taken away. I know people that have their tubes tied and opt to just adopt instead of getting pregnant and giving birth. Great for you and your family but don't criticize me because I choose to get pregnant with my children.
I have five working dogs (and one useless basset hound that is just eye candy). Five of them came from breeders and my basset hound I did actually rescue from the street. A few years ago, my two border collies, and my Australian shepherd, which were all bred by breeders, saved my little three year old niece from a pit bull that tried to attack her. The other day, my husband's St. Bernard, who was also from a breeder, killed a cottonmouth snake that tried to bite my husband. They are very protective of my child. Their love for us has nothing to do with where they came from. They are loyal and loving because they are loved and cared for and are treated as members of the family. Yes, shelter dogs make wonderful pets and they are in need of good loving homes and, if we didn't need working dogs, we would probably have more shelter dogs but coming from a shelter doesn't make a dog more loyal or more loving. Any dog that is loved will protect their owners.
If you choose to adopt from shelters then that is great and more power to you but do not criticize those that do not. Just because they come from breeders doesn't make my dogs any less loyal, special, or loved.
Answer by Ballad at 1:03 AM on May. 19, 2013
Answer by Michigan-Mom74 at 1:23 AM on May. 19, 2013
Answer by Michigan-Mom74 at 3:06 AM on May. 19, 2013
Blame the bad breeders who give the good breeders bad reputations.
Answer by JeremysMom at 9:28 AM on May. 19, 2013
Answer by josiesmommy00 at 9:50 AM on May. 19, 2013
Answer by KristiS11384 at 11:27 AM on May. 19, 2013