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Guess I’m going to be the crotchety bad-karma guy today. I have no problem with mutts, but I am starting to resent the attitude some people have that because there are lots of irresponsible douche-bag pet owners who either a) can’t manage their pets, or b) don’t get them fixed, or c) abandon them as soon as owning them is slightly inconvenient, it is my moral responsibility to clean up after their mess and get a pot-luck dog I don’t want. My family always owned pure-bred dogs from field-champion bloodlines, not because my dad is some elitist dog owner, but because he did a lot of bird hunting, and getting those kinds of dogs gave him the best chance of getting an excellent work dog.
When I bought my dog, I knew exactly what breed I wanted and got exactly what I wanted. That should be the end of the story–the dog is awesome, fits my lifestyle, and I don’t presume to tell others what kind of dog fits theirs. I used to enjoy chatting to other dog owners I’d meet on walks, no matter what kind they had. But it seems now I can’t take the dog out without some jackass striking up a conversation about the dog and then immediately asking if I “rescued” him (a few years ago you just “got him from the pound”…now it sounds like it’s some kind of heroic undertaking or something–apparently it even counts as “rescuing” if you just get a puppy from your neighbor, since otherwise it could have ended up at the pound). They, of course, “rescued” their pit-labrachow, and, rather than some matter-of-fact statement, it’s always said like they expect everyone they announce this to to break out in a hymn of praise to their selflessness and moral superiority. I’m just waiting for one of these progressive community-minded guys to introduce me to the girlfriend he “rescued” from the battered women’s shelter.
| Cappy | December 6th, 2009 at 2:35 pm
Aresen, you would be quite surprised how quickly these pets adapt to their environment.
I’m going to have to call selection bias on you. The ones that adapt do survive, but usually have a lifelong distrust of humans as a result.
The majority, however, do not survive and either starve or are killed by predators. How do I know this? My dad was a vet. I saw the stats and I saw the horrible results for the majority that don’t make it.
If you can’t keep a pet and can’t find a good home for it, put it down. It is vastly kinder than abandoning it.
My Skootercat died last month suddenly. Had a bad heart and was gone in a few days by congestive failure. I have had about six cats in the last fifty years, all from the pound or given to me and a heartbreak to the family when gone. Heartbroken and saying “not again” to getting another cat but it was not in my cards to be without.
The other day my girlfriend and I were going to dinner and when driving through the country we found a 5-6 week old kitten abandoned on the side of the road. No other cats, no momma around, just this little baby on the side of the road. It was starving, infested and dumped off. She has been with us since and brings much happiness. I guess this was a real “rescue” but anything private shelterers do is praiseworthy whether from the side of the road or a shelter. Keep up the good work. Another’s trash is a treasure when helping forgotten animals.
Aresen, as a former veterinary technician and animal control officer, I can attest to the number of dogs that have gone “feral” and have survived on the streets.
The distrust of humans is irrelevant. It’s the fact they survive. It’s no different than a wild animal, they certainly don’t trust humans, yet they continue to survive. The instinct to survive will trigger in any animal when placed in a survival situation, whether it be from wariness to taking prey animals.
As a caveat, we can look at certain breeds of dogs and their survivability. Odds are a shih tzu or a pekingnese won’t survive for long as they aren’t adapted to it. Put a chow, pit, husky, hunting dog in the same situation I would say they would have a better than average chance of survival.
Lastly, I do agree with you on the last. If you can’t or won’t care for you animal, then you should at least attempt to find it a home or put a bullet in it’s head. Don’t take it to the shelter, it only promotes their fallacious claim that owners are irresponsible.
“Lastly, I do agree with you on the last. If you can’t or won’t care for you animal, then you should at least attempt to find it a home or put a bullet in it’s head.”
also, don’t dump it in the country and expect someone else to do this for you. i don’t know how many “wild” dogs i have killed over the years because they were chasing livestock. i have never relished it and i personally despise so called “big hearted” people who are too chickenshit to take care of the animal themselves…
Johnny Longtorso |
December 6th, 2009 at 6:43 pm
This website is a MASSIVE resource hog.
Johnny Longtorso |
December 6th, 2009 at 8:14 pm
BTW, it takes you to petfinder.com, which is much easier on your computer.
Can’t beat a shelter dog, get exactly what you want, they are cheap and if you go mutt, you’re more than likely avoid the genetic weaknesses of some pure breds…you may respect the .380 in the nightstand, you fear the Shep/Doberman mix sitting at my front door…and it really cuts down on the kids selling crap door to door.
Philly Girl |
December 8th, 2009 at 11:02 pm
What many people don’t realize is that up to 40% of shelter dogs are purebreds, some even get dropped off with papers. I volunteer for a rare breed rescue and we pull many purebreds from shelters every year.