are people really this clueless that they would think otherwise ?
Yes, Scout, I'm pretty sure some are. People tend to justify things they do anyway, especially with kids and animals. So often I have seen people on this very board that unknowingly bought from a pet store (and by this I mean that they didn't know about the conditions the pet store dogs come from or that they shouldn't support it) and after they learn the truth about puppymills and such, they will continue to promote buying from pet stores. I think that maybe some feel that if they speak out against it, they would be somehow belittling their dog, whom, of course, they love. So they say they "rescued" it from the pet store.
It makes people feel better when they "adopt" a dog as opposed to buying one. Of course, there are a lot of breeders out there who just breed for money, if the pups are not bought they are put in the pound, so in a way I guess you could be adopting them...
Scout, I say adopt, not trying to hide that I bought him just I refer to him as my baby and it seems barbaric to say bought! Although when you think about it the people who do adopt from shelters pay as much or more for their dog as I did for mine. Technically none of us will really be adopting until we go through the courts and get birth certificates!
"the people who do adopt from shelters pay as much or more for their dog as I did for mine"
Thlynda who was your breeder? I would like to get a dog from her too. I got my dog for $80 from the shelter. She is a purebred shih tzu and she was fixed and got her rabies shot for that price. They also checked her for heartworms.
If someone buys a dog simply because it says "adopt", people have got bigger problems than that. Who cares how it is worded? People who buy a dog for that reason, chances are they are not going to look into the other important aspects of buying a pet.
sorry should have said rescues, banging head into keyboard now!
Yep got it from a lady local to me, paid $300.00
BTW, as I've said before, I attempted to "adopt" from a rescue here, there are several in my breed, they never returned my very many persistant emails or calls. finally gave up and purchased. Love him to death.
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I've noticed "adopt" is often, though not always, used by breeders selling toy, "tiny toy," and "tea cup" dogs. I think they do so partially because of the push to adopt dogs from shelters and rescue groups. But I think it is also to promote the idea that you're getting a substitute child or a "baby" who will "understand you" rather than, you know, a dog. This perception is dangerous because it leads people to think they don't need to learn about dogs, and then you end up with dog owners who think their puppy is spiteful because he pees on the carpet and chews on the furniture.
Acknowledging that your dog is in fact a dog doesn't devalue your relationship with your dog but rather, enhances it because it will motivate to learn something about the species that is hanging out on your living room floor. I think the use of the word "adopt" signifies what I see as a growing cultural problem that involves getting furry "babies" instead of puppies.
Okay, I'm done ranting now.
ROFL about the "Bible verse." Don't forget the sermon about the evils of the microchip. :)
We have had a rash of people that will write inquiring about a puppy, and they will ask what our 'adoption fee' is, that always threw me off. I will write them back with their answers and refer to the price we are asking for them, but deter from using the word 'adopt' unless it is a rescue we have taken in and are 'adopting' out for a nominal fee to cover part of our costs. Even the ones inquiring about a quality purebred and not asking about a rescue have mentioned an 'adoption fee'. Huh, got me.
Selling things produces a whole legal bag of tricks I don't want to open. Basicly, if I refuse to sell to you and don't have a valid reason, you can sue me. And not likeing you isen't a valid enough reason.
If you walked into Sears and went to get a mower and they said "No" and you had cash in hand and the price is listed, you can sue them.
Similar if you came into my hand to buy a puppy.
It is not paranoia, sadly its happened to people, so I try to watch what I say when it comes to my puppies leaving my home.
And to add: I don't considering buying dogs barbaric. It is not. They are dogs, not humans. The more people fall for this 'pet guardian' crap and remove pets from being animals and make them people the faster we loose having companion animals and having simple rights like euth for agressive dogs, and chosing what to feed. No thanks I will fight that one.
Ownership is all encompasing. I own my tv. If I smash my tv into the floor, thats fine, its mine. If I sell my tv to a pawn shop its okay. Ownership is just that, owning something.
Guardianship is the legal privilige to take care of something. You can be the guardian for your neice or newphew but you do not own them.
Basicly, when you are guardian of something, you do not have full rights over it. If you are guardian of my property, decide to sell it and squander all the money, you can be held legaly liable for your bad decision.
To move guardianship to pets, it removes them from the owner/pet and pets begain to have what we consider human rights.
I love my dogs, but they are dogs. I adore them, but I don't concider them my children or furry people. They are not furry people, they are dogs. They are intellegent to a point, and self aware to a point, but they are DOGS or CATS or horses.
Guardianship of a Cow? So now you can't breed her to milk her if she dosen't approve of the stud. Its just a toughy subject, but ti sounds so soft and wonderful that its easy to fall for until suddenly your rights with your pets are ripped away becuase they aer not your pets anymore.
Then more laws have to be created just to govern the companion animal and what legal rights they have as dogs, and it goes crazy from there.