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Friday, February 14, 2014

What? You have pure breed dogs? But you're an animal rescuer?!?!

Belle, my precocious Beagle!
Yes, I do have 2 pure breed dogs and no I do not classify myself as an animal rescuer. I just happen to be an animal lover that does the best I can with the resources that I have. 

Anyway, in recent times, there have been alot of people that have suddenly became animal activist of sorts. They are big into rescuing and re-homing and feeding the strays etc, which is really great in my opinion.  However, as a result of this "awakening", i.e. compassion for the strays and mixed breeds, there has also been a birth of people that are anti-pure breeds. 

Cleo, my gentle and sweet natured Labrador
While I am whole heartedly against the purchase of animals from pet shops and unethical breeders, I am not anti-pure breeds. I think alot of people have forgotten that there are breeders that are ethical and truly concerned about the well-being and happiness of their dogs and their off-spring.

Mishka and Teddy - my two demanding cats!
People also seem to have forgotten that pure bred dogs were bred for specific purposes, and have many traits that can fit specific needs of people and their families. For example, Labradors make one of the best service dogs due to their calm and gentle nature, and their ability to work long hours. Beagles are tough, sturdy dogs that come in a smaller package. They are great with elderly people (and children) that need a companion but are unable to care for a larger dog. 

Lucky - my most challenging dog ever...
I would always recommend adopting a dog or cat to those who are looking for or considering getting a pet. There are alot of pure breed dogs as there are mixed breed dogs that are available for adoption. If you purchase a dog or cat, it means that there is one less home for a rescued animal.

Rascal - the best guard dog you could ever ask for!
However, before deciding on a particular breed, regardless of whether your are adopting a dog/cat or buying one, it is important to ensure that you research the breed so that you know what you are getting yourself into. Each breed has been bred for a specific purpose, and you will need to know whether or not your lifestyle (and finances!) will be able to cater to the needs of that particular breed. Don't get a dog or cat purely because it is cute or beautiful, only to abandon it when you decide that it is too much trouble to look after it.  Please make sure that you are in for the long haul as getting an animal is at least a 10-15 year commitment.

Brownie - a sweet old lady that loves cuddles...
So this is just a gentle reminder to everyone to take a step back and stop being haters of pure breeds. Instead, start making a difference for all dogs regardless of breed, by not buying any animals from pet shops and unethical breeders. You can also improve animal welfare by educating your friends and family about unethical breeders and by promoting responsible pet ownership.

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Natasha Fernz is a proud "mom" to a Labrador, a Beagle, 3 mixed breed dogs and 2 local cats
~all of which were either adopted or rescued 

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