Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Bergen County NJ
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Why I don't feel the least bit guilty about buying my dog from a breeder
I just wanted to quickly share an experience I had with a neighbor.
She has a daughter the same age as my boys and since they were playing in my front lawn, she saw Hanna and we struck up a conversation about dogs. She used to be a dog walker and now that her daughter is going to KG, she is starting up her own dog walking business. Of course she was curious about my dog's coat and I was telling her that I used to be a groomer and bought her to practice show grooming on. She then told me that she wasn't into dog shows and she got her dog from a shelter, a Thai dog. Apparently, she had to get rid of her dog because her dog never got used to the baby. I don't know exactly what her opinion is of buying from a breeder, but my other reason for going through a breeder is because I wanted a dog that I was fairly confident would be SAFE for my family, that I wouldn't have to return. I did detect a hint of looking down on me for not getting a shelter dog, but I don't know. What I do know is there are people out there who think all breeders are bad and that breeding should be illegal. I'm glad people can make a choice for whatever they feel is right for them. I support shelter and shelter dogs, but also the right to choose. I have absolutely no regrets, my dog is very good with my boys as well as the neighborhood kids. Every dog is an individual, even within breeds, but people buying from good breeders have a good idea of what temperament their dog will most likely have, and there is little guarantee of that with a rescue. My shepherd rescue was awesome, but other people aren't so lucky.