Originally Posted by MammaB21
Guess what, I don't really know who you are trying to convince here. I think I have explained myself over and over again. If I had a yard, and a DH and DD who weren't allergic I would have had more choices. I don't call my dog a Shihpoo because I think it is its own breed. In fact, I usually say he is part Shih Tzu part toy poodle. Because he is. Shihpoo is just easier to say, and deffinately easier to type. I know you have some issues with this, and obviously me and my dog, and my choice in getting him, but I would appreciate it if you kept those opinions to yourself from now on unless you plan on being alittle more considerate of other peoples feelings. Remember that we are online, and what you type can be greatly missunderstood.
It wasn't actually any of your posts which I was replying to. I don't have issues with you or your dog. I have issues with people intentionally breeding mutts, giving them made up names, and selling them for profit. I have the exact same issues with people breeding purebred dogs the same way. I have issues with people preying upon others' lack of education.
These practices victimize humans and dogs alike.
In a perfect world, every person who is considering a dog will spend hours and hours researching dogs before even coming close to a choice. That world is unlikely to ever happen. My partner gets huffy when I criticize the huge amount of ignorance possessed by my landlord, and the obvious problems that it is causing for her dogs (and her neighbors), and tells me that until being around me he would have been exactly like them- gotten a dog with about the amount of consideration that you would put into getting a piece of furniture. Then maybe train it a little (because that's what people do- teach it to sit or so forth), but mainly let it run rampant. ETA: this is not the way that I view you. But it is the 'norm' unfortunately.
But the people who are producing dogs have a huge amount of responsibility on their shoulders. The ones who don't feel this way are the problems. It is up to them to lead the members of the public toward education, and to provide only the best possible animals both structurally and temperamentally (correct for the breed in question).
That is my issue. It is nothing against you nor your dog. The breeder of your dog, yes. Your dog is here, he is alive, he deserves the very best treatment, training, diet, and it sounds as if you plan to provide those things.
I do feel strongly about people like your dog's breeder. That is what you are picking up on. I would love it if everyone understood why what they are doing is so bad. That won't happen, but I can't just shrug my shoulders and walk away.
If you think that's bad, you should hear what I have to say about the people who are responsible for my (amazing) puppy's life. His parents were found wandering, abandoned in the remote, unpopulated desert mountains of Nevada. They were emaciated. The rescue people didn't even know that she was pregnant, and she dropped 8 huge puppies less than a week after the parents were found.
My dog is wonderful. I am very happy that he is part of my life. But am I glad that he was created? No. Am I happy about the way that he came to be? Of course not. Those two dogs suffered for weeks (or years, who knows how they were treated by the former owner) and no dog should have to go through that. Especially while pregnant.
Hopefully that clears things up a little. Truly, I have no issues with you.