Ok, so I've been doing dog rescue for a good while now. It's my big thing I guess. I just can't get past the fact that we kill 3-4 million pets a year because there aren't homes for them, but some Joe Blow wants to toss together a couple similar looking dogs in his back yard so he can make a buck off them, with no thought of the consequnces.
Anyway, everyone at work knows I do rescue. I've been lucky enough to adopt out a couple dogs through work. Right now the only thing I have is a beagle / basset mix. After hubby's last heart attack we but way back - had to give up chickens and the horses and everything. Trying to simplify his life.
Anyway, a co-worker calls me just a minute ago and asks what kind of dogs I have. I wasn't sure if he meant for adoption or that I personally own. So I started going through the list of dogs I own; rottweilers (my first love), rat terrier, cocker spaniels, chihuahuas, and an beagle / basset mix available for adoption.
He says good because his son owned a little chihuahua poodle mix for the last couple years that was really a great little dog, but his son was leaving the house this morning and backed over him, killing him instantly. They're heart broken because they'd planned to breed him.
Ok, so already I'm irritated. Don't get me wrong - dogs get out. Running it over could have totally been an accident that wasn't preventable. I know ours have slipped past us occasionally. But I have a feeling it's an outdoor dog. And I know plenty people have outdoor dogs and it's not an issue with them. For me, personally, it is.
But when he said they were going to breed it.........
Lovely. That's exactly what this country needs. Another litter of mixed breed chihuahuas. Because we certainly don't have nearly enough of those sitting in shelters and rescues in this area, do we? Uh, yeh - over 100 in the Nashville area, including it's suburbs, alone. So yeh, we really need Billy Bob to toss his in the back yard with the first small breed female that comes along in heat.
I tried to explain to him that all of my dogs and cats are spayed and neutered and that until we stop killing 3-4 million a year I would never think of breeding. I also mentioned that if his son was interested in another dog there were plenty chi mixes in Nashville waiting for a home, hoping they don't wind up on the losing end of that needle. He said he wanted one that would be like his. :roll:
Good grief. You can't make a new one. It's not a paper figurine. It's a gamble. It's not just genetics that make the dog turn out that way. You can't breed one and come out with a clone. Heck, even if you could clone it, there's no guarantee that it will be anything like your dog, let alone even similar in temperment. There's more than just genetics to it.
Needless to say, he was not interested in my request and hopped off the phone because he knew someone that he thinks still has a little female dog that might be interested. *sigh* What can you do??