To that end, I have decided to highlight ten of the most insane things extremists believe to be true as posted on various dog breeding pages.
Unfortunately all of these screen captures are of real comments that I have come across on Facebook:
1. They shoot service dogs, don't they?
In the midst of a debate about the importance of breeding, this bright little bulb stepped out of the box to shed light on the fact that natural selection is obviously no longer working.
|This is my service dog. I have no plans to shoot him.|
2. Dog breeders don't love dogs.
|I personally decided to work with dogs all day because I don't like them.|
I don't particularly understand this aspect of human nature because, last I checked, compassion isn't a competition. Given that most of the dog breeders I know are heavily involved in dog rescue I haven't quite figured out how these people delude themselves into thinking one is only a dog lover if they do not breed dogs.
3. 5000 supporters can't be wrong.
|Yes they can.|
Odds are if you have to justify what you're doing by pointing out that everyone else is also doing it, it isn't okay.
4. Sex is bad. Dog sex is worse.
Around the time that school lets out every day our page is inundated with messages like the one above.
One consistent theme I notice in this particular brand of brilliance is a sheer hatred of reproduction. This, of course, is really very silly since none of them would be here if their parents held the same view.
As I discussed in the previous post, The P Word, dog breeders rarely make a profit and when they do it usually doesn't pay the bills. But if I were this determined to hate somebody I would also reject all logic and suggest that somebody have kids so they can run a prostitution ring instead of raising healthy and well-adjusted puppies.
5. It is always the dog breeders' fault.
There is always a lot of back patting after somebody blindsides us with this insanity. Other than selling t-shirts, anti-dog breeding pages seem to promote this message the most.
Since dog breeders claim to always take back their dogs if one of those dogs ends up in a shelter it is obviously all their fault!
Or, since discretely setting up webcams in puppy buyer's homes is strongly discouraged, dog breeders have to rely on communicating with their puppy buyers to ensure that the dogs they sold stay in one home. Breeders typically do this by including a clause in their contract that restricts resale of the puppy and guarantees the breeder will take back the dog if it ends up needing a place to go. This, I might add, is the exact same thing rescues do. Why anyone thinks this is only reliable when a rescue does it is beyond me.
6. Dogs are better off dead.
So they love dogs more than breeders- but they also believe dogs should be extinct? If you aren't already aware of PETA's stance on animal ownership please stop reading this blog and go Google it. People for the Ethical Treatment of (Dead) Animals believes that all animals should be set free to roam the fields from whence they came.
I blame Disney for this one. Usually being a wild animal doesn't involve harmonizing giraffes, elephants, and hornbills but precious few people seem to accept this.
You see, while animal abuse and neglect is horrible and while it does happen, the vast majority of animal owners treat their animals better than most people treat their children.
And if you think a dog would rather be doing this:
|Photo by Saphira Oppedal|
Then please get one of these instead:
7. There is no need for selective breeding.
As an avid supporter of working Border Collies I found this particular comment most exasperating. Unfortunately this little lie is not limited to extremists.
The reason hunting dogs hunt and herding dogs herd is because of the innate behavior we call "instinct". Instinct is the same thing that makes your dog spin in a circle six times before he lays down. This helped his ancestors for so many years that nature decided it would probably be a good idea to make all dogs do it. Obviously we apply the same concept to hunting. Dog has to eat. Dog hunts and kills animal. Dog eats animal.
"But nature didn't make dogs herd!"
No, thousands of years of selective breeding did that. Nobody is completely positive but herding is thought to be a modified version of hunting. The earliest dogs figured out that if they drove a prey toward people, the people would do the dirty work and kill the prey. The dogs were then rewarded for their behavior when the people threw them leftovers.
|Or, you know, something like that.|
So no, Fifi isn't going to just "figure out" how to manage a flock of 1500 sheep. We need breeders for that!
8. We should stop dog breeding so shelters can empty. In the meantime we will freeze doggy eggs and doggy sperm until we are ready to start breeding. Then we can cook them up in a pan, add a little paprika, and commence responsible pet ownership.
This message was too long to post in its entirety but you can understand the gist of it from this excerpt.
For a moment, let's pretend that this isn't the most bat shit crazy idea:
This person is actually suggesting that we freeze gamete cells from every single breed for a few years until we are all ready to start breeding again.
Never mind that there are over 300 dog breeds in the world and we would need that many viable eggs plus more (because if everyone is complaining about inbreeding now, just wait until we have only one specimen of each dog breed available for breeding).
Never mind the fact that some of the dogs reproduced using this method will likely be sterile. There goes hundreds of years of hard work.
Never mind the BILLIONS of dollars this would cost (and since we don't have all those hefty dog breeder profits to finance such an endeavor this is just silly!).
There are too many other problems with this idea to write about. Leave them in the comments if you have oodles of free time like me.
9. Surgically removing reproductive organs is just dandy but DON'T TOUCH THE TAIL!
Approximately 80% of dogs in the United States have been neutered. This means the dog was forcibly anesthetized and underwent an invasive surgical procedure to be prevented from reproducing.
This concept is socially acceptable whilst tail docking is considered controversial. Tail docking involves removing a portion of a puppy's tail when it is a neonate. Docking is done for cosmetic and safety reasons. Some kennel clubs require docked tails in their breed standard, which is important if one wishes to compete in conformation. Many working breeders dock their dog's tails to prevent the animal from being injured while on the job.
Regardless of your opinion on tail docking, please also consider the dangers of neutering before you color only one of these procedures as "inhumane".
For more information on the risks of altering please check out the NAIA's list of Pros and Cons for neutering your dog: http://www.naiaonline.org/pdfs/LongTermHealthEffectsOfSpayNeuterInDogs.pdf
10. Compassion need only be extended to animals.
Wagging tails to you all!