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knew this would happen...

So I was getting a haircut and told the woman that I was getting a dog, I'm so excited, etc etc. She asked me what kind and I started telling her all about how great the Havanese breed is, and she said, "What!? You're not rescuing a dog??" I expect to encounter questions like this sometimes... Have any of you ever encountered this? What do you say? I simply told her: "They're amazing dogs, and I've waited all my life for one, so I found the perfect dog for us."
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I got some of that in the beginning too... even from my brother, who got a rescue at about the same time I got Kodi. It never comes up now that he's an adult, so you have the comfort of knowing it won't last that long.

I had the very good excuse (and true) that with my allergies, I couldn't take a chance on the lineage of a shelter dog. I had to know that it was truly from a low-allergy breed. If I'd had more guts, I would have told them that I bought my puppy from a reputable breeder to support those who are doing it right. A good breeder's dogs will never be found in a shelter!


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I like that answer Karen (the last part)...even if people ask, I wouldn't take it to heart. Each person makes a personal decision about rescue or not. And you should not feel guilt about your choice. Kipling was my first dog. It was enough to learn about dogs let alone the potential nuances involved in rescuing. For me, it was the right choice to not go with a rescue.

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Oh that's a good point-- I also needed to find a hypoallergenic dog for my husband, too. And yeah, I did tell her that I did a lot of research on finding reputable breeders and didn't just go to a pet store... I don't feel ANY guilt whatsoever, and I just want to politely assert myself if anyone gives me grief about not rescuing. Yes it is a personal choice that does require a lot of thought and homework. I love the Havanese and I'm thankful for the caring, responsible breeders out there!
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I think your answer was perfect. I can't stand it when people ask questions designed to make you explain yourself. Ridiculous.

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I once made the error of mentioning on another forum that my mom bred her cat and her kittens arrived. I adore the other forum but wasn't expecting the violent reaction I got. The thread I posted to show the cute kitten pictures was slammed by a hundred "how dare you breed a cat when you know there are millions of cats in shelters?" It was very upsetting, especially since my mom is the unofficial pet matchmaker in her town. She has helped place several furbabies.

Even though I explain that Siberians were good for people with allergies, that there was a spay/neuter contract and we only planned for 2-3 litters, the comments were vicious. I asked the forum controllers to remove the thread.

Unless I know the person or they are genuinely interested in the breed, I simply that we were lucky enough to adopt Jack from someone who had some puppies in NH. They don't need to know more than that.

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I think you all know that I am a "rescue" person. I did rescue Sir Winston and cannot believe how fortunate I have been with him, he is as perfect as if I designed him..seriously. I have heard good and bad stories about rescues. It is never good to make a definite statement where these little treasures are concerned..they come at you and all of a sudden they are yours. However I did not feel any qualms at all about purchasing my little Lowchen. Yes the "correct" thing to do now is rescue..but I see these rescues coming from some well known breeders too. It is a personal decision and I find it best not to argue with "rescue" vs. "pure bred" vs. "designer dogs".
Just seems to me that in my life anyway.....the right dog seems to find me!! LOL..
And when you see what some of the breeds charge for their "rescues"...you realize that even RESCUE can be very expensive to "adopt" which is really purchase...is it not?
So you are purchasing either from a rescue or from a breeder... My take! ( Not the same as picking up a dog from the side of the road, or from the vet's "kill" shelter..that I see as rescue..other than that is seems to be a purchase.)

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Sorry to hear that, Pam. It's a touchy subject for a lot of people, and understandably, since there are irresponsible people out there. Too bad some people make blanket judgements.

Anyway... it for sure does not detract one bit from my utter excitement! Just a few more weeks!! yaaaaaaay
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My sister gets upset when people don't rescue. Then I remind her that she got not one, not two, but three persian cats from a breeder! People need to mind their own business. You don't have to explain.

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Except that I'm PROUD that I have a beautiful, well-bred, purebred dog. I don't want to have pretend that I adopted him somewhere. I spent a lot of money on him! And the same is true for your Mom's gorgeous Siberians.

We have neighbors who let their cute, but "mutt" cats breed indiscriminately. There's always a new litter. I guess it's a good thing that we also have a strong population of Coyotes in the area. THAT is irresponsible, IMO.

People who choose to breed a specific breed of cat in a serious way, and take responsibility for properly placing those kittens has every right to enjoy their chosen breed. I like to go to the Pet Expo down in Providence in the winter, and there is always a cat show held in conjunction. I love to go in there and see all the gorgeous cats, and their owners who take their showing and breeding every bit as seriously as good dog breeders do. Those aren't the people who are causing the cat overpopulation problem. It's the irresponsible people who don't neuter their stray pets. (plus the fact that cats are SO successful at living feral, even in urban environments)

You and your Mom should be proud of your beautiful kitties!


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