This is all very interesting to me as my trainer brought up a view point that I had never ever taken.
First, let me back track by saying that Jill Tess has absolutely blossomed into such a beautiful girl thanks to you. And, I think it's wonderful how all of our dogs have their "story" of how they came to be with us.
So, at agility class this week we started talking about CPE (Canine Performance Events) vs. AKC agility trials. I'm going to try and stay on topic here, so I won't go on and on...but basically my trainer really likes the CPE because it is open to all dogs, including the rescue dogs that come in with mixed breeds without having to get any breed specific paperwork (photos, fees, etc) done like in AKC and the trials are easier for beginners to qualify. She pointed to a mixed breed rescue dog and said "so they are very open to girls like Shani."
For some reason, this conversation went to rescuing a dog vs. getting a dog from a responsible breeder. At this time I going to admit that I have never rescued a dog from a group, but I have rescued two kitties who were absolutely wonderful and I have donated my time and money to local rescues. Before getting Posh I really wanted our next dog to come from a rescue. I am like Tritia and do a lot of rescue surfing and basically was one of those kids who brought home every stray animal, including a baby woodchuck I tried to "save."
Again I digress.
My trainer says to me that she has very mixed feelings about getting a dog from a rescue and supporting the rescues even as someone who absolutely loves dogs. Why? I asked. She said that she feels it propagates the whole idea of "Oh I don't need to keep this dog, I can give it to a shelter or rescue and some one else will take care of my "problem." So basically, she's making the point that we are a throw away society, including, our pets, and by coming to the rescue of these people we are adding fuel to the fire of this problem.
Now, this woman has a heart of gold and absolutely LOVES animals so I hardly doubt she would able to resist saving a puppy from being drowned or beaten. I guess I just had NEVER looked at it from this angle before.
I don't truly in my heart agree with my trainer. And I will continue to give my time and money to rescue because I can't give them a place in my home at this time. I will also try and "educate" as many people as I can without being an ass hole, to the problems of getting your pup at a puppy store, or even from a backyard breeder who has ads in the paper. I will encourage all of these puppy/dog owners to TAKE THEIR DOG TO CLASSES!
No matter where they have purchased their dog, as I really feel that a well trained dog is a well loved dog and a happy dog!
Meanwhile, I do feel like a person should have to earn a dog license to be able to own a dog. We should all have to go through classes, take a test, pay money for that test fee, and be able to prove to ourselves and our responsible breeder that is not something we have decided on a whim.