Pyrmom, It is exactly how Acey describes it that hurts my feelings. I think it was in the way the tone was intended. Like she described her crabby uncle saying "get this MUTT away from me". Not endearing at all. I don't have a problem knowing Toby IS a mutt. My Dad calls him a "rat dog" but it is said with affection. Not sounding mean. That is what hurt my feelings, not the actual word, but the way it sounded so harsh, I guess.
The point is-crossbreeding is not done by professionals who are trying to "create" a new breed, they are just out to make a buck and suckering people out of money and contributing to the overpopulation of dogs. BYB of purebreeds are just as bad. If you don't know what you're doing you shouldn't be doing it! I can't see why dizzy doesn't see that.
That's why I said earlier, we SHOULD take exception with the intent and tone, but NOT the word. Sorry you felt hurt. None of us are superior to another (2 legs or 4). We're all here because we love our "fur kids" and need to think about that once in a while when someone else manages to "push our buttons".
I can't help but feel she was doing this and sitting back laughing at everyone. I don't know. Regardless, she should seek some help. If it is even a she....who knows. My take on the mutt word is that it is used harshly sometimes on here. Like it is meant to be degrading. It usually seems to be the owners of purebreds too. I love my dogs for who they are, not what they are. I lovingly refer to them as mutts all the time but I for sure don't think they are mongrels in the true sense of the word. Sheesh..they are only words. I can call someone a "wench" but when reading it one may take it as "You silly wench" haha or another may take it as a real insult. You know what I mean?? All in perception I guess.
Once again, I guess I could be classified with the "high faluttin" group..I own purebreds. One of our 2 black labs was pretty much from the "Who's who" in the Lab world. They all needed to be housebroken, all chewed on things and had "potty" accidents. The "pound puppies" and "mutts" we've had along the way ate pretty much the same. Had to be trained pretty much the same, dug, barked and loved us pretty much the same. They all loved s and we loved them. Once again, it's NOT Dizzy's stance on here I take exception to. It's the same lambasting he/she gave in the totally oppositie direction in an earlier thread! I guess my problem is in name calling, belittling and criticizing one another when we've all come here for comradrie and support because we ALL love our pets.
yeah i think some phrases like "only a mutt" get some people offended, and i think "if only this 'only a mutt' person knew what they were missing out on, mutts are treasures as are all dogs...." it's the intended usage, not the word, in this case.
i guess i'm schizoid because i have both purebreds and a mutt. i don't know, i don't see a lot of "hi-falutin attitudes" by the people who have purebreds or show or do field trials. i think some people just take it that way in their own mind and can't see what people are really saying.
Quick funny sotry about Bilbo Baggins, commonly called Buffalo Butt (cause his rear was higher than the front). Bilbo could talk (could say "momma" "hi" and a couple of other words as well), he cured his h/w by stripping several (VERY angry) turtles of partial shells (he had them when we got him and the vet sid he could NOT be treated as it would kill him) and he actually "died", he went out to "potty" and keeled over in the yard, stiff as a board, eyes open, tongue lolling out, no breathing..nothing...we were in hysterics brought him in the house and covered him until my hubby could get hime and give him a proper burial. About 3 hours later, hole dug, bilbo placed carefully on his bed in the hole, first shovelfull of dirt hits and he shook himself off and looked up as if to say, "Hey, what the @#** are you DOING to me"! and we pulled him up and out. Took him to the vet who said he had NO idea of what the heck happpened, but he was right as rain! He was one VERY special dog! and a "purebred" mutt to the core!
Wow, What a story, Bilbo the resurrected dog! I think lots of times on here when it is a designer breeds thread, people use the word mutt, which again, is a word that doesn't bother me, because they are speaking of the high prices that some breeders charge for theirs, and it illustrates the point that they are overcharging because typically a mutt is a free or inexpensive dog. I guess we could just as easily say cross bred or mixed breed or another politically correct word. But sometimes keeping it simple makes a point easier to see. Then again, I am sure there are others that are rude deliberately, in the way that Acey's crabby uncle is. Being rude, and not the use of the word mutt, is what is more bothersome to me. I would say the vast majority of people here do not want to belittle anybody or their dog(s). Lots of us have owned or currently own and love MUTTS. we love dogs, which is why we come to a dog forum.
Okay, now I am confused too... Because in this other thread, Dizzy, you referred to mixed breeds as mutts lots of times, under your Frostygirl name. Here is just one of your mutt posts: FrostyGirl Senior Member joined: 3/10/2004 posts:2040 msg #71 10:12:44 PM 7/23/2004 You may be new or maybe you haven't taken the time to get to know us, but almost all of the regular posters on here are very, VERY well taught in the area of dogs. And I am so sick of repeating this, but the difference between the mix and the purebred mix is that purebreds were created over hundreds of years and have been in existence long enough that the breeds are actually being perfected. Mixes, mutts, etc. are two dogs (NOT of the same breed as is the purebred) put together and the results vary widely from dog to dog, breeder to breeder. There are several more in the same thread. Now I have enjoyed many of your posts, and have enjoyed talking with you on Yahoo, but what is the meaning of this new thread today? Did you just feel like scolding people?