I just wanted to send out a plea to people NOT to use pets as Christmas presents. Sure it looks cute when a fuzzy puppy is wrapped in a bow, but many times people don't also take into account the size of the full-grown animal, the time and effort to raise it properly, and the cost of health care, food, supplies, etc. Humane societies have said they receive a surplus of babies (kittens, puppies, etc) after the Christmas season. People don't think through what it really means to have a pet. If you really want a pet, take the time to figure out all the costs that go along with it - both monetary and time-wise. Ask yourself if you're ready for the commitment. You don't want to be responsible for an unwanted pet that ends up in a pound, do you? Also, instead of encouraging the people who are currently over-charging for purebred animals because they 'make great Christmas presents!', go to the pound to find your new friend. There are many animals waiting to be adopted, and they will probably be very happy with you for rescuing them! So please, think carefully about your decision so you don't add to the number of unwanted animals - take away from that number if you can! Thank you!
I know that it's kind of naughty of me because I didn't get my dogs from the pound - but I'm annoyed at the ads I'm seeing in the paper that are charging way more than normal and going on about how the puppies would make a great christmas present.
let me know what you think. I haven't sent it yet.
***Edited By: mydoxiesrmybabies on 12/8/2004 12:56:33 PM*** Reason: had to add a 'g' to charging.
I think it is excellent. A good breeder of any type of dog, purebred or mixed, should not use Christmas as a reason to by their puppies, but it is not a surprise. Some people will do anything for money. :(
Sounds great too me too!!!! How would you feel about all of us submitting "your" letter to our hometown newspaper in your name ? That way we can all spread it around for you .If not I too will write one , althoght im not too good on that stuff.
I think you should also add, that Christmas is not a good time to get a pet even if you know all about having a pet. REASON BEING: It is a very hectic, busy time with alot of commotion, people coming and going, traveling and excitement. Not the best conditions for bringing home a new pet. They should wait until the hustle and bustle of the holidays are over. (My opinion)
Wendy - that's a good point but I sent it off already! Oh well.
I don't care if anyone uses what I said. I asked them to publish me anonymously so it's not like I'm trying to put my name on it. And then you can add what Wendy said about the craziness of the time! :)
You know, in reading these posts, one has to consider that most people (yes, I do mean MOST), don't see dogs as anything other than a breathing possession. MOST people don't do any research when they decide to get a dog. MOST people only look at what a dog looks like. MOST people aren't willing to pay big $$$ for a quality dog, and the dogs one can get from a shelter, who knows what's going on with them, really. MOST people do not treat dogs as their children (especially if they already have kids...;-)).
I know one of the reasons we're here is to educate people...but I despair of reaching the majority of people who consider a dog a thing they own.
When I was a child, all I knew was that I wanted a dog. I didn't care what kind, what temperament, and I most certainly didn't care where the heck it came from. Just, GIVE ME A DOG NOW, PLEASE, was my thought. I'm older now and wiser (I hope). However, MOST people (grown and not grown), I think, have the same outlook as I did as a child, they just want a dog and have no worries...just go pick one out at the local pet store, Human Society, shelter, etc.
Even if a dog is hastily chosen as a Christmas present and then brought back because he/she didn't work out for the family, at least the dog had a "vacation," so to speak, from the shelter or wherever. Who can say whether that "vacation" makes a good/bad impression on that particular dog. And even if it's a bad experience for the dog, maybe it makes the dog try that much harder to be accepted the next time. Maybe the dog is forever grateful... As far as I'm concerned, a dog's top deal is to love and be loved. If it's only for a few days/weeks, at least the dog has had that much.
If one requires every person wanting a dog to do the research and wait to get a dog, one will see a dramatic drop in adoption...people are inherently lazy and will only do what they WANT to do, not, necessarily, what they should do.
So, let's give the Christmas people a break, huh? I don't believe that someone who definitely doesn't want a dog will get one. Perhaps the fit won't be quite right, but, I'll tell ya what, I've had dogs that didn't really fit my lifestyle, but I did my best for them and kept them, and kept the dog happy. I just didn't go for that particular type of dog again.
Sorry this post is so long, but I think we need to have a little sympathy for those of us who are not so knowledgeable about our furry friends.
gbroxon, You have made alot of good points. I don't necessarily agree with one. The one being about if the people were to adopt and then bring it back- the dog had a nice vacation away from the shelter. Yes, he may have, but switching a dog from place to place can very easily make a dog develop "separation anxiety". I have personally dealt with a dog that had this and it's not a pretty sight. This dog literally destroyed my house and jumped out of a two story window. I think in this case, it would have been better for the dog to have been left in one place until it found it's permanent home. (P.S. The dog was okay after jumping.)
Okay, Wendy, I respect your thoughts, But what if your situation were 1 in 10, say? Don't you think it's better that 9 dogs had a nice, albeit short, vacation, and one dog had a bad vacation, then all 10 dogs not having a vacation at all? Although I' not statistically savvy, I'm willing to make a bet that my guess (1:10) is close to the mark.
BTW, thanks for not reaming me a new one. Opinions are opinions, after all, and not worth getting all in a lather about, as I've seen posters on this site do.
Sorry, gbroxon, but I don't buy it. I don't have sympathy for people who don't bother to find out how to care for something they're going to adopt, no matter what it is. I care more about the animal (or child) than the person in these cases. Calling it a 'vacation' to spend a few days away from the pound is ridiculous, imho.
What I say in my letter does not 'require' anyone to do anything - I'm simply asking people to put some thought into their actions. And laziness or lack of knowledge isn't an excuse to go get a dog anyway just because you want one - that's just cruel.
Not seeing a pet as a child doesn't mean you treat it like dirt. You still need to take care of it PROPERLY.
gbroxon, Yes, I guess if the stats were that, it would be better. It was just such a horrible experience I had with this dog. She was a bordie collie mix. She was beautiful and the smartest, sweetest, most loving dog. She could do all kinds of tricks too. BUT...when we would leave her home alone, she turned into a monster. She would freak out. She had been passed around from house to house before we got her. Okay, enough of my ranting. I agree with you that everyone is entitled to their opinion.
Okay, mydoxies, I see your point. But you seem to be missing mine...
You can preach and preach, but you are NOT going to get the majority of people to see that a dog is anything other than a possession. Now, in general, people are careful with their possessions (I mean, after all, they paid $$$ for them, right?). If the possession is a living one, most of them are going to treat it humanely (you won't ever convince me otherwise) and give it what it needs to survive. Contrary to what a lot of TP'ers think, the majority of people buying dogs are NOT going to treat their pets badly. Negligently, perhaps; since most people are not willing, nor do they see the need, to treat a dog as one would treat a human.
Buy it or not, if we want people to have dogs at all, we have to accept that most people see themselves as superior to the canine species and will treat them ALMOST as well as they treat their human counterparts. We cannot insist dogs are on a par equal to humans and deserve the exact same rights and treatment as are afforded humans, it just won't work and, as far as I'm concerned, will never work.
Let's just let people enjoy their pets as pets.
With that said, let me just say that I respect your opinion, and I'm truly not trying to work up a full-fledged argument, and we'll just have to agree to disagree on this subject. Also, I admire your spirit in writing a letter to the editor of your newspaper--if you don't speak, who can listen?
Speaking of missing the point...maybe you should reread what I wrote and see if what you said still pertains. I think you are reading far more into what I wrote. I never said anything about whether or not a pet is equal to a human, nor did I say people have to treat pets like gods. I also did not say you had to be an expert Ph.D. in zoology before getting a pet. I'm just asking people to realize what they're getting into during a particular time when many people DON'T - similar to bunnies and chicks at Easter.
I write a one paragraph letter to the newspaper and it's preaching? You can share your opinion but it sounds like you're trying to discourage me from sharing mine? You think I'm trying to change the majority of people? That makes perfect sense.
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