Dogs in our society

I have wanted to write about this for quite some time. As most of you know, I am an animal lover. When I was young I wanted to become a Marine Biologist. Somewhere along the way I changed the gears to computers and the rest is history. As a kid I had ant farms and just loved to interact with the animal kingdom. I am telling you all of this just to give you a background of where this post is coming from.

Pets in Latin American countries (as I am sure a lot of places in the world) are not at the same level as pets are here in the United States. Pets in the US are not only considered part of the family but to some people they are the only family they have. Many people love their pets as much as they would love a child, in some cases, I would venture to say even more.

At first I thought that putting pets at that level was somewhat crazy. But when I thought about it and rationalized it, I came to the conclusion that follows: If, We as humans, want to take an animal out of their natural habitat, we acquire a responsibility to care for them on every level. I respect everyone’s positions on this argument, I am just stating mine.

I am going to center my post around dogs because there is a problem that I am trying to address or better yet inform people that are not aware of it. Due to the level that pets take in this society, unscrupulous individuals start trying to make a buck of off these poor little creatures. (Enter “Puppy Mills.”) If you search the Internet, you will see plenty of articles about “Puppy Mills. ” It is best defined as a place, it could even be a backyard, where people over-breed animals, and keep them in an unsafe, inhumane area. A lot of these backyard breeders are the primary suppliers to your nearby pet stores. These puppies can usually be found at a dirt-cheap price, and are likely suffering from congenital problems due to the lack or quality bloodlines.

So where should you get a puppy from then? If you want to bring a bundle of joy into your family, the first thing you should do is some homework. See what dog breed will not only fit your environment but also your family lifestyle. The right dog can bring a lot of happiness into your life, but the wrong dog can definitely turn into a problem for both you and the puppy.

Once you have found the breed that fits you, find a reputable breeder within your area. In your research, you might have found a message board of e-mail listings for this specific dog breed. Use that and ask lots of questions. These people have a lot of experience with this breed and would likely be all too happy to provide you with vast array of answers. They may even be able to direct you to a reputable breeder.

13 Responses to Dogs in our society

  1. The best and first dog that we ever had (who just died in 2002) was a mutt adopted from the Humane Society. Buying a puppy from a pet store is nice, but there are so many animals that are euthanized every day because no one wants them. The Humane Society would never allow a dog with any kind of problem to be adopted, and dogs that have never known any kind of love usually take to the attention better than most. :)

  2. i just got a dog that passed away a few months ago too.. she was the best golden retriever ever. and i agree, sometimes people do business for mercenary reasons.. and people can get dogs at a cheaper price or even for free at animal shelters and such because no one wants these kinds of dogs.. but if you’re an animal lover, one can teach a dog to love and in return it’ll be just as happy.

    an interesting post, logtar. :)

  3. Removed due to Authors request :)

  4. Crap I had a whole great entry and it didn’t “take”…anyway here goes again.

    First off I am biaysed I work for http://www.nearr.com – a dog rescue. And have also had ties to http://www.saveadog.com. Two examples of reputable rescue and adoption organizations for dogs in my area. I agree with Alyssa, I think the best place to get a dog is a reputable resuce like the Humane Society or other rescue. Most of these places have firm policies about only adopting out “adoptable” (read safe) dogs and even goign a step further to trya nd match the right dof (energy level/size/habits etc.) with the right family. The organization I work for has a 1 year follow up policy and also an “if for any reason you cannot keep the dog you promise to return it to us policy”. In the three years I have worked for them we have had 1 dog returned due to allergies.

    Puppy Mills are a sad part of our society and the best way to elimiate them is to ONLY get your dog through a reputable resuce or humane society or reputable breeder. Personally I can’t understand why someone would want to pay hunderds plus for a pure breed when there are so many great dogs looking for homes already. Some folks feel like “know what they are getting” when they go through a breeder versus adopting from a resuce or humane society. Sadly that is not always so. Even the best breeders cannot control temperment 100%. Again this is my opinion but I sort of feel like people who HAVE to have dog from a breeder are looking to purchase something “name brand”. Not my style but I respect all reesponsible animal owners so to each their own.

    As for the emotional component that pets bring to our lives it is undeniable. The absolutely can fill a void or further enhance our lives. But it is our responsbility as humans to make sure we have a pet for the right reasons and treat a pet with the respect that a loyal pet always gives to us. The best book I have read on the topic lately is: The New Work of Dogs: Tending to Life, Love, and Family
    by JON KATZ

  5. Huh I think my comment was too long to be posted here. So check it out at http://www.lifeandthensome.com

  6. Hey, I found a site http://www.saynotoanimalsinpetshops.com. It’s relating to what Alyssa had said and puppy mills. Do sign the petition to ban the sales of animals in pet stores. It’s cruel enough to treat these cute adorable creatures that way but to have them euthanized just because no one wants them is just heart breaking.

  7. Primero, ah carajo adoro a Perseo mi perrito labrador/vigle (se escribe así?) que ya tiene su 13 años.
    Segundo, ya estoy tratando de mandarle el video, pero se demora un poco en adjuntarlo, no sé si alcanze hoy. Así que ¿Ud no tiene messenger para que mejor se lo mande por ahí?

  8. BTW, I am totally for adoption of Dogs instead of buying a puppy :) but I will talk about that in a future post :)

  9. You have seen that episode of Seinfeld where George tells a woman he’s a marine biologist, right?

  10. the only reason i don’t have a dog is because it’s hard to find an apartment in Chicago within my budget that allows dogs.

    i want to comment, however, on your point about how, what we consider companion animals, aren’t on the same level in other countries.

    when i was in the Philippines years ago, there were 2 stray kittens hanging around my grandmother’s driveway. i felt so bad and wanted to take them to a local shelter. little did i know that these are non-existent there. i thought about taking them to a local vet, but was told that i’d be laughed at. even the maids (very common in the PI) thought i was nuts for feeding the cats. people there considered cats the way we might consider pigeons–rats with wings. if i could have, i would have brought them back with me.

    i still can’t get over the shock.

    just my 2 cents.

  11. Hi Logtar, interesting post. I hope to get a puppy for my children soon. I plan to adopt one from North Shore Animal League. Puppy Mills are just horrible.

  12. Yay Logtar! Research is never ever ever a bad idea!

    I’m an advocate of mutts myself. I worked for three years at an animal shelter, and I’ve seen all sorts of dogs, and most of the kinds of congenital disorders that purebreds are prone to. Whatever you decide, make sure you get a healthy animal, for yours and the animal’s sake!

    During those years at the animal shelter I actually helped ‘take down’ a local puppy mill. They were lhasa apso puppies and a bunch of them had been so starved for affection and attention that it took forever to win them over. They were in these tiny little cages all stacked on each other and I swear they’d never been cleaned of crap and carcasses. (Yeah, you read that right. They didn’t bother to remove the dead ones) Seven of them didn’t make it because they were so sick. Luckily they all found homes, three of them with my boss =).

  13. I love dogs. My first one who is almost 15 years old was from a pet store. I was young and foolish back then. Since then I’ve adopted 3 from shelters, rescued 4 strays, and bought one from a farmer who was going to put her on the wrong side of a shotgun if she wasn’t adopted out. Two of the strays I readopted out, getting them to the local vet to find them a home. I think I”m a rescue-aholic.

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