We all accept we live in a disposable society. Bic razors, ball point pens, plastic bags and ring pull cans, all very useful.
In recent years we have advanced even further, disposable printers, computers, TVís, we can even trade in our old cars for new ones.
Sadly it also seems that a lot of society have adopted this attitude to life as well, your friends disagree with you so you dump em and get new ones, you donít like your jobÖ. dump it and get a new one, your cat reaches 10 years old and starts to have health issues, dump it and get a new oneÖ oh Iím sorry, you said you canít give it the time you used to, that makes sense, I mean you have had it for ten years, just like that 10 year old car, it requires a bit more care, that makes sense, youíd trade the car in, why not the cat.
Then of course you have the untrained dog in the yard, you know, the one you tell everyone about, well heck, it got out the other night and bit the neighbors dog, hmmmm, this could cost you some money to fix, awwww heck, just dump it and get a new one, if you play your cards right, you can save a life in the process, and if your really lucky the dog may even come with some extras, like training, what a deal, you didnít get that with the last one. The problem is the old one you want to trash, what are you going to do with it?
Well lets look at the options, take it to the vet and put it to sleep hmmmm Ö nah canít do that, first it would cost money, and second it would take courage, one you canít afford, the other you havenít got.
Ok so that option is not open. I know, take it to the pound, hmmmm, nah canít do that, thatís where your going to get the new one, it may give them the wrong idea, darn they may even think you a lousy dog owner and not let you have a new one, whatís worse is, they may put the old one to sleep and YOU canít bare to think about that, after all you love this dog, you fed it, you got itís shots, you even let it live in your yardÖ. nope thatís not going to work.
Now what? hmmm, let me think for a second, I got it, take the collar off, and go for a drive in the country, dump the dog in a nice rural area and go home, someone is bound to pick it up, and who could not love this dog? (You do, otherwise you wouldnít be going to all this trouble.) The one that has no manners and has no training, and has lived out in a back yard all of itís life. Yep that is definitively the answer, because even if the worst come to the worst, and the dog turns nasty or becomes a lost cause, you wonít have to face your failure or your responsibilities, the person that picks the dogs up will do that.
Yep, thatís the answer, hey you may even get a new dog that matches the new car, wouldnít that be a big bonus.
After all, everyone accepts that we live in a disposable society
That post was published in a rescue mag I write for a while back, it is laced with sarcasim, I was basically sick and tired of picking up other ppls injured dogs, that had been dumped. I am beyond sick of ppl who think animals are disposable.
Children are also disposable in todays society. You just don't see them on the streets and their aren't millions of them-- but they are there. In every city, in every State.
Children lingering in the system, unwanted, unadopted, and unloved with no family of their own.
As a dog breeder-- I don't feel that RESPONSIBLE breeders are the issue. We don't take dogs to the pound-- that is irresponsible dog OWNERS. My dogs/puppies that I raise are always welcome back no matter what.
I hear ya Flip. My mom works out in the middle of nowhere for a hay distributor. Every week there are new dogs in the yard that people have dumped. We've rescued a couple, Ender and Coco. Ender was the sweetest little lady ever, full of personality. I don't see how anyone could have dumped her. It is sick.
alicat you aren't kidding about the disposable children. See it everyday. It's sad. One of my all time favorite(?) one is the folks who put a 6 week old baby in daycare, then when it's time for a vacation, get all upset because they don't want to put their dog in a kennel or vet's for boarding while they're gone.....
one of my students is a beautiful Latino girl about 17. Has CP . in a wheelcahir but she can walk good enough to board the bus unassisted. She has told me and my aide that her mother loves her brothers more than her and this poor girl thinks it's because she's in a wheelchair. This girl is a joy to have on the bus, smart,sweet, everything a mother could want in a daughter. Mom tosses her cause she's in a chair. That REALLY sux
***Edited By: schoolbus gal on 9/9/2006 3:25:41 PM*** Reason: add con
I have worked in rescue one way or another for almost 37 years.
I do recognise that there is a human problem too, however the entire point of this piece was to highlight the dumping of animals, and i don't want the point missed by the thread being hyjacked into a discussion about children... this is an animal based board and I do not put children on the same level as animals.
Also could you define your understanding of responsible breeder, have to admit, in my line of business , it like trying to find bigfoot or nessy
***Edited By: flip195 on 9/10/2006 12:43:09 AM*** Reason: script
You know, thankfully this board is pretty much 'moderate' and in the middle on the breeder/rescue issue. I don't think fanatics from either side last long. The majority of people on here realize that there is a population problem, but they also respect people breeding dogs responsibly.
People should be allowed to have a choice between purchasing a purebred or going to a rescue.
[quote]You know, thankfully this board is pretty much 'moderate' and in the middle on the breeder/rescue issue. I don't think fanatics from either side last long. The majority of people on here realize that there is a population problem, but they also respect people breeding dogs responsibly.
People should be allowed to have a choice between purchasing a purebred or going to a rescue. [/quote]
Wow thanks for letting me know how moderate the board is... always good to know where the lines are drawn. Just as well, I am a balanced, fair minded, even keel type a gal!!! I could really step on some toes if I was one of those far left PETA types. :)
WileyBlaze- Mine aren't in shelters, or I would be so P.O'ed if I ever found out that I would probably go to jail for beating the crap out of some one. Mine are micro-chipped, I screen my families, and ALWAYS take the puppy/dog back.
If one of my puppies did for what ever reason end up in a shelter, I am registered as the primary contact for the chips. If some one didn't get a hold of me, is that my fault? I am AVAILABLE and I do take responsiblity for the lives I create.
People need to quit blaming ALL people who breed dogs and maybe take a long hard look at the people who really 'throw away' the dogs.
I will admit there are a lot of bad breeders out there, but for every bad breeder there are 10 bad owners that take the puppies and don't keep them for life, and don't bother to make any efforts what so ever to rehome thier pet.
It is just so sad when my neighbor pays 700.00 bucks for a hunting dog, when if they would have looked in the shelter there was one waiting there.
i dont see that as sad ....... unless your neighbor was looking for a pet, a dog who does not or cannot hunt. if he/she was looking for a hunting dog that he/she could take out and hunt with ... or participate in field trials and hunt tests, then it makes perfect sense for him/her to go and buy a puppy from a breeder who breeds hunting stock. there is no guarantee that a coonhound or pointer in the shelter has any clue what to do out in the field. sooo many breeds have been bred with their original purposes diluted to the point they cannot perform them. and your typical shelter personnel is not equipped with the knowledge on how to test for specific breeds qualities , or lack thereof.
then you come across some rescue extremists who will flat out refuse to adopt a rescue out if it is going to be used for what the breed was designed to do. a pyr rescuer comes to mind who would only adopt out pyrs to be couch pillows and not to anyone who wanted to use them for livestock guarding.