I got this on another forum and I knew I had to share it. It's from AARP's magazine: The May-June issue of AARP-The Magazine, included an article entitled "Putting the Fun in Refund". The author of the article suggested that, rather then getting a "free" puppy at an animal shelter, readers should use their income tax refund to purchase a registered, pedigreed puppy. By so doing, they would know for sure what kind of dog they were getting and they could later breed the dog for stud fees or sell the puppies for a nice financial reward. How do ya'll feel about this? E-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org
The actual article is here http://www.aarpmagazine.org/money/Articles/a2004-04-16-mag-refund.html Is that pathetic or what? The people on show sites I frequent are basically bombarding the AARP for this blunder, I can't believe they actually posted something like this without expecting a reaction. How stupid. The sad thing is 50 years ago, this would have been totally acceptable.
Thanks for getting hte article for the post. It's horrible. And to think there are really people out there who will take this advice and people who use their dogs as an investment and income, not a pet.
did you guys know that AARP auidence is more of elderly people? so maybe this person was writing more towards them. and wouldn't you guyz say that he/she is right? you all have said basically the same thing....if you want specific characteristics then you should go to a breeder, but if you don't care to much then a shelter or rescue would be best. i understand why it's upsetting, but i don't think that if you really think about it, like how an elderly person might not want a dog they don't know the background of...and he/she was just telling them that a breeder might be better for them. i think though, he/she should have tried to word it better so not to get so many people upset.
here's part of the article to show that MAYBE he/she isn't talking about BYB's........ "Now's a great time to buy, as many breeders time their litters to arrive in the spring, says breeder Linda Ciocci of New Haven, Connecticut. Also, it's easier to train a puppy with lots of warm weather ahead. While at the breeder's, spend time with the pup's parents (the mother, at least) and siblings to see how the breed behaves, advises Gail Miller, a spokesperson for the American Kennel Club in New York City." i'm just trying to point out that maybe you guyz are getting upset to easily. honestly i did too, but after talking to my dad, and after he pointed out that maybe it wasn't the genral public that the reporter was talking too, i calmed down and started writing this and the other post.
What you're missing is that the person says that adoption is basically bad. And they also say that they should use their dogs as an investment. It's an article about making money and they list dogs. I have no problem with Breeders or buying, that's why I left the forum on petfinder.com. I am buying this Friday from a breeder (I should have the pup in a few weeks now!!)
yeah people aren't protesting the fact that they want people to get purebred dogs (although it does sound like they don't want people getting adoptees from humane society). They're protesting the AARP suggesting people use their dogs to breed for extra cash.
I got some negative feedback on another forum, but I still think it's kinda wrong. It's not fair to encourage people to sell out their dogs "services". I see it from both points of view. But I stand by what I said earlier. The reason being that there are plenty of people using their dogs to breed and if you don't know what goes into it, you shouldn't get involved. I just don't agree with dogs being an investment unless the only benefit is emotional.
when i sent my email i told them the part i didn't like was telling people to use their dogs to make money. i said that breeding isn't a moneymaking proposition and it would be harder for an older person with maybe limited means. i listed what a breeder needs to do. also, older people get taken advantage of a lot easier than others, so this leaves them open in yet another way to being scammed by unscrupulous people.
I said the same thing in different words. I can understand everything but that they encourage people to use their dogs for stud services. I kinda see what they meant about not adopting, but I don't think it should be encouraged. But that's the part eating at me. Anyway, this is a topic I put up just for discussion. I was hoping that there would be a lot of debate. I wondered whether people thought it was a bad article or not. I know that for anti-breeding folks it's a terrible thing, but I knew on here everyone was more open.
I am actually a bit suprised that atleast one person hasn't posted on this thread for breeder rights and the right to the personnal choice of breeding or not. I was sure one person was going to defend this issue...oh, well I guess I will leave my boxing gloves in the drawer.