Thursday, April 04, 2013
Ok, so I had a mini fall off the wagon. My little workout buddy has bailed on me and as a result I'd kind of gotten semi crazy with my eating. I feel great knowing that even falling off the wagon, I was still somewhat conscious of what I'm eating. The blip on the scale isn't as big as I'd expected. Yay! So, I'm back on track.
The news.... I have a new puppy. This is good news, but not without complications. Let me start by saying I've spent a few years volunteering for great dane rescue organizations. I've seen first hand the damage irresponsible breeders can do. I have had rescue danes, and I have bought one from a responsible breeder who did extensive health testing, and has taken great care to make sure the puppies she helps bring in to the world have a permanent loving caring homes. So, that being said my dane girl is getting up there in years. I had been making inquiries. I had pretty much decided finances are such that showing is no longer an option, but I will train for obedience and agility so a pure bred pup is desirable. I was interested in a particular litter, but there were not enough boys to allow for us to get one, and no one else we knew would be having a litter with what I wanted. Felix came to me with an ad from the money saver. As someone who has worked rescue... this is exactly where the disaster starts. He talked me in to going and at least looking. The parents were on site so at least I could sort of get a guess as to what to expect. He was excited. I was, and at the same time apprehensive. The sire, at first glance, looked more mastiff than anything. The bitch didn't look bad. Structurally they were both sound, angles and proportions were right, aside from daddy's ugly head they weren't too scary. Felix thinks I'm a snob... my concern is this... structure means a lot. It means future health issues, future pain etc. I love my dogs, and I will do anything I can to save them pain and discomfort. That being said, I looked the puppies over and chose the one who seemed the soundest, and moved best. We brought him home and started immediately giving him the best start I can. I haven't really told anyone from the group that shows. I'm pretty sure it will be frowned upon. I feel bad because I feel like by purchasing a puppy from an uneducated breeder, I'm contributing to them breeding, and encouraging them to do it again. Felix's stand is this, is he any less deserving of love because he doesn't have the background my girl does. That answer is simple. I'm just having a hard time that I've encouraged these people to do it again.
So, I have a new baby who is smart, fun, adorable, precocious, and I love him bunches.