For months now I have been reading articles upon articles that slander purebred dogs, breeders of purebred dogs and show dogs.
I have been reading all the negative statements and comments.
I have been taking it all in, but more importantly, I have been keeping my mouth shut. For anyone who knows me, and knows me well, keeping my mouth shut is a chore, especially when it has to do with something that I am passionate about.
I have written many posts in response to some of these extreme animal rights groups but then never hit publish because I didn’t want to stoop to their level and let them know that they got to me, because that is exactly what they want me to do. They want me to get so pissed off that I get confused and forget what I stand for. They want me to say that I don’t agree with what happened at Crufts and that if given the chance I would never show there. They want us to boycott that show, that’s admitting we are guilty. I’m not doing that, ever.
I know that certain breeds are facing health issues and so do breeders and breed clubs. No dog is perfect. No dog is ever going to be perfect.
I see what these extreme animals rights groups are doing, they have already divided dog owners with the same tactics.
Purebred vs Mixes.
Breeders vs Shelters
Adopt don’t shop.
Now they are trying to divide the purebred dog owners.
There once was a time when owning a purebred dog was a good thing, but then a certain animal rights group let its name and power go to its head, and began distorting the truth and people believed them. They say that owners just like me are ruining purebred dogs and killing dogs in shelters. They say that I am hiding what really goes on in the world of purebred dogs and they are going to call me out on it. .
Well let me tell you something, I am not hiding anything and I am not about to be wiped out.
Do you want the truth about me? Can you handle the truth about me?
I have to warn you, you may be horrified.
1. I own 3 purebred dogs. Oh dear lord, I am a horrible person. I am a dog owner, just like you, but of purebred dogs. Eck!
2. I purchased my purebred dogs from a breeder. I did not adopt them from a shelter.
I did not rescue them.
I bought them.
From a breeder.
Even though there are millions of dogs in a shelter waiting to be adopted.
I bought a dog from a breeder.
I got a dog that I wanted. A dog that I knew what health issues they would face in the future, and because of that I am able to do health screenings on them and take preventative measures to keep them healthy.
I am a horrible dog person. Call PETA and tell them to take me out.
3. My dogs are show dogs. This is the worst thing ever these days and I am guilty of it. Lock me up and throw away the key. I take my dogs to dog shows and they are judged against their breed standards. I put my dogs out there and let someone judge them because I have complete confidence that they are a great example of the breed. A breed that has standards. At shows, I educate people about the Newfoundland breed and I let them meet and greet the dogs. I am horrible.
4. My dogs are available stud dogs, which means that they can and have been used to produce a litter. If you think you are going to have a heart attack now, stop reading and call the ambulance immediately. How can I do something so horrible? No dogs should ever be bred as long as there are dogs in shelters looking for homes. Who cares if I have taken the appropriate steps to have their health clearances done? It doesn’t matter that my dogs DNA is being used as we speak to help with health issues that face Newfoundland dogs and dogs in general. It is a horrible thing to assist in scientific research to better a dogs health.
5. My dogs are intact males. They have not been neutered, nor will they be unless it is medically necessary. If you are wondering why they are intact, refer to 3 and 4 above. I am fully aware of what it means when a dog is intact and the risks that may be involved. You do not have to lecture me. Now go and grab the oxygen machine because I am sure you are appalled to the point of passing out.
If you think I am being a little over dramatic, think again. Purebred dogs, show dogs and breeders are all being thrown under the bus. We are all grouped together as “horrible dog people,” who don’t care about the welfare of their dogs. You know……….. the dogs that we all work so hard to preserve and protect. We are the people that are pulling the wool over unsuspecting people’s eyes. We are hiding what really happens with purebred dogs.
Yeah, and that’s why I have a blog with my purebred dogs and their show careers splattered all across the world, because I am hiding something.
Oh dear, say it isn’t so!
I am reminded of a saying from one of my favorite movies here,
“Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who’s gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinburg? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago, and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That Santiago’s death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to. ” -Col. Jessup(A Few Good Men)
A little extreme? Yes. But replace some of those words with this situation and this is what you get:
Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by breeders with purebred dogs. Who’s gonna do it? You? You, PETA? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for dogs in shelters, and you curse breeders. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of blinding people from the truth. That the over population of dogs in shelters and the health issues facing certain breeds, while tragic, is not my fault. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want breeders to keep breeding, you need purebred dog breeders to keep breeding. We use words like breeding, genetics, health screenings. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent protecting something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a group who uses my research and statistics for scientific studies that breeders provide, and then questions the manner in which they provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you get a grip, and do something worthwhile. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think about me or my purebred dogs. -The Purebred Dog Owner, The Purebred Dog Breeder, The Purebred Show Dog Owner.
You are not going to divide us, you are only going to make us stronger.