Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Sometimes when I'm not talking to good friends or people at dog shows and they ask what kind of dogs I have, I don't indicate in any way that my dogs are all purebred. And really why would I bring that up anyway unless asked? But there are a lot of people who frown on purebreds, thinking that I should have gotten a rescue. Don't get me wrong, I have had rescues in the past. I think getting a dog from a shelter is a wonderful thing (my best friend currently has two) and I've considered getting another as a companion for my current dogs. However, I'm going to stop apologizing for choosing the dogs that I wanted.
Showing dogs is my hobby and it's something I love. And my dogs love it too. Also, I did my research, I looked at what kind of personality I would be getting, what kind of health issues they may have, what kind of care and grooming they would need. I researched breeders and made sure they did all the proper testing and health screening on the parents and had references from other reputable breeders. I knew in my heart that I found the right dogs for me and because of that, my dogs would never end up in the pound. I know, should something ever happen to me, that the people that bred my dogs would take them back. They feel responsible for the dogs they've bred. I know because I asked that question when choosing my breeder and I keep in contact with her even though she's 600 miles away. And really does it need to be either rescue or purebred? Why not just find the dog that you need, the one that makes you happy? How about one of each? And so, when I read this article, I thought it was a good time for a mid-week blog.
Veterinarian Speaks Out on PETA and Westminster
On January 8, 2009; Libbye Miller, DVM posted the following comment on the "L.A. Unleashed" Blog:
"No one ever seems to mention the millions of dollars that AKC and the Canine Health foundation have invested in medical research that benefits ALL dogs as well as humans.
"Adorable mixed breeds" get cancer, epilepsy, allergies, heart disease, and orthopedic problems just like purebreds. I see it every day in my veterinary practice but mixed breed dogs aren't tracked like the purebreds so they have a reputation as "healthier" that is actually undeserved in many cases.
I am so tired of PETA and their bogus war on the dedicated breeders who strive to breed healthy dogs, place puppies in appropriate homes, and feel responsible for their puppies for life.
I wish someone would do a exposť on PETA but the media seems really afraid of them."
In response, Debz Fiedler posted the following comment:
Thank you Libbye Miller DVM for stating:
"'Adorable mixed breeds' get cancer, epilepsy, allergies, heart disease, and orthopedic problems just like purebreds. I see it every day in my veterinary practice but mixed breed dogs aren't tracked like the purebreds so they have a reputation as "healthier" that is actually undeserved in many cases."
It is so sad that a lot of folks, including young veterinarians these days, buy into the "hybrid vigor" baloney. The vet schools have been infiltrated by the Animal Rights Extremists, who are teaching them this junk science in order to push their agenda.
All animals have a certain amount of genetic load, which is to say there is absolutely no animal without some genetic problem of some sort of another. Know anyone who wears glasses? Has allergies? Thyroid problems? Weak knees? Flat feet? A skin condition? Arthritis? A gap between their front teeth? These are all genetic imperfections.
No human is genetically "clean." Neither is any individual of any species on earth. So this idea that dogs should not be bred because they might have a genetic problem, and that breeders are somehow "evil" for breeding them, is ridiculous. Every single individual of every single species has at least a few genetic conditions.
To use PeTA's logic, all breeding of all kinds (including having human babies) should halt immediately. And to be honest, Ingrid Newkirk (the woman who founded PeTA) does believe exactly that. She thinks that humans should become extinct, along with dogs, cats, etc. This ridiculous scenario is precisely what she would like to see happen.
So folks, if that is what you want...if you agree with Ingrid Newkirk's whacky views, send your hard earned money to PeTA. They will help to ensure you are not able to own a dog or cat or hamster or any other pet in the future. They will see to it that you can't eat meat or fish or eggs or any type of animal-based nutrition. They will work to shut down places like Sea World, the zoos, etc. so you cannot observe the many wonderful animals on the Earth. Eventually, once they accomplish these things, they may turn their efforts to making it illegal for humans to procreate.
If you don't agree with their extremist views, wise up and start supporting those who truly do love, care for and enjoy interaction with other species here on our little blue planet.
The fanciers of the breeds, those you see exhibiting their dogs at Westminster and other dog shows, work very hard to eliminate serious genetic conditions. They screen their breeding stock with every available test. They research pedigrees before breeding into other lines, to check for similar clearances in those animals. They contribute money to research organizations to further the work being done to track down genetic problems. They contribute blood, cell samples, etc. from their own animals to help with DNA and genome studies. They have made great progress so far, and they continue to work hard at it.
Are there unethical breeders? Certainly, there are. Just as in any group of humans, you will find the good and the bad. United States VP Elect Joe Biden, for example, managed to find a not so good one when he got his new German Shepherd puppy. I don't know who did his research for him, but they obviously didn't do their homework if they were looking for a responsible breeder. Joe has the right to get his dog from whomever he wishes, but if he was trying to set an example of purchasing from a responsible hobby breeder he went off the track this time. That's too bad, but it was his choice.
Unfortunately, breeders like that may be a lot easier to find because of their high volume and high profile. If you are looking for a nice family pet from a breeder who will be there for you forever, you need to do due diligence. You won't get that from a pet store. You won't get that from the guy selling dogs out of his pickup truck in the WalMart parking lot. You won't get that support from a high-volume breeder, either. Yes, it takes a little more time and effort to find someone who really cares and does all the work to breed the healthiest, happiest puppies possible and then stands behind those puppies.
This is a living being that will be part of your family, hopefully, for many years. Isn't it worth a bit of effort to find a breeder who will be there for you and that puppy forever?
And guess what? Shows like Westminster are a very valuable resource for finding breeders who do care and who use the best possible practices, as well as for learning more about the various breeds.
Bravo to USA Network for broadcasting the Westminster Kennel Club show all these years. May they enjoy continued success through the ongoing inclusion of such programs. I will be eagerly watching this year's show!
Monday, February 20, 2012
Big sigh. I ate and ate and ate this week. I don't know how I managed to squeak out only a .2 lb gain. I seem to be having a bit of a motivation problem in the last few weeks. I feel like I'm hanging on by my fingertips. If I let go, my weight will shoot up and I will have lost all this nice progress - so I'm not letting go! I'm going to cling to that desire not to gain everything back until my motivation hits an upswing.
Week 4: 262.4
Week 5: 260.4
Week 6: 261.6
Week 7: 261.8
In other news, I slept to my heart's content this weekend - which is one of my favorite weekend activities! It was a quiet, lovely weekend. Until next time Sparkers....
Monday, February 13, 2012
Alright, I was going to whine about gaining a pound this week ...and then I got to work this morning and read a few of my spark friends blogs who were dealing with stuff way more important. So no whining for me today.
Week 2: ?
Week 3: 262.2
Week 4: 262.4
Week 5: 260.4
Week 6: 261.6
I had a nice quiet weekend. I did my payday errands on Friday, a lot of reading and a little bit of dog grooming. (Eliot still looks like a miniature wooly mammoth) After I've pretty much let him go to pot over the winter with only very occasional grooming, I've decided it's time to start getting him into shape. And instead of doing a marathon session on the grooming table, which makes both of us grumpy, I'll do 20-30 minutes at time maybe once/twice a week. Which reminds me....Westminster is tonight! Looking forward to that.
Speaking of errands - I bought a new kind of steak at the grocery store this weekend. I do enjoy a good steak and usually have one about once a week. Usually I buy New Yorks, but a friend convinced me I should try rib-eyes - which I've never had. So I'm excited to see if I can tell the difference! (I know, I'm easily amused!) Steak and roasted brussel sprouts is one of my favorite meals.
Last night I tried roasting my broccoli the way I do my sprouts (I'm trying to expand my vegetable repetoire) and I think I overdid on the olive oil. It has potential though, so I'm going to try again.
Tomorrow I'm taking the day off work - unfortunately it has nothing to do with a romantic Valentines day....just a desire to be home for something I'm having shipped to the house. But I'm sure I will enjoy the day anyway because I'm a total homebody! I hope you all spend your Valentine's day in whatever way makes you happiest!!
Monday, February 06, 2012
I am officially more happy about this last week than I was the week before. And here's why:
Week 2: ?
Week 3: 262.2
Week 4: 262.4
Week 5: 260.4 Yay!
Finally a smidge of progress! And almost under 260.
I had a nice quiet weekend - no superbowl parties for me. I'm someone who actually likes to watch the game, and since I would feel rude not socializing and then telling people to hush so I can hear....I don't go to them! My friends and family all know this about me so it's all good! I also watched the Eukanuba Dog Show on Saturday. I love to see who the judges choose -It's so subjective by the time they get to the end. The group winners were the German Shepherd, Boxer, Cocker Spaniel, Standard Poodle, Harrier, Wire Fox Terrier and the Affenpinscher. The eventual winner was a black standard poodle, however I was rooting for the Cocker of course! Westminster next week! Go Spaniels!
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