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Pet awareness

February 14, 2009

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To the editor:

The article “Economic woes take a bite out of Westminster dog show” blamed the dog show’s low attendance on the poor economy. It is possible that the real reason for the decline is increased awareness. Americans are starting to wise up to how dog breeding, even by reputable breeders, unnecessarily increases the dog population, which eventually increases suffering to dogs in general. True dog lovers don’t demonstrate their love by prancing around with a hoity-toity, high-dollar breed; they support dog shelters.

Shelby Lanius,
Lawrence

Comments

triplegoddess13 5 years, 10 months ago

True dog lovers support all dogs and don't discriminate against any of them. Even if they are forced to look all gussied up and prance around in a ring to entertain humans. Poor little poochies!

1wetwilly 5 years, 10 months ago

It's all a matter of perspective. Many cultures outside the United States also love their dogs...stewed, steamed, fried and barbequed...

number3of5 5 years, 10 months ago

Okay, we have people who take pot shots at beauty pageants, hunting, eating meat and anything related to animals, wearing furs and feathers, and just about anything that one does in life. Now it is dog shows. I love dogs, but I support the ones I have, not shelters where they put them to death if they can't adopt them out. I watch dog shows on television because I like to see the beauty of the top standards of the breeds, the money involved has nothing to do with it. We spend as much paying players to hit a baseball, catch a football, and kick a soccer ball. Are we supposed to just lay down and do nothing with our leisure time? But then, maybe some people just have to gripe about other people.

Clint Church 5 years, 10 months ago

I love dogs, but I support the ones I have, not shelters where they put them to death if they can't adopt them out.

Number3of5 you are an idiot. The only reason shelters have to put dogs and other animals down is because some people think they have to buy a so-called pure breed dog instead of getting a wonderful mixed breed from the shelter. If all of the pure-breed buyers would instead adopt a dog or cat from the shelter or even from a rescue there wouldn't be near as many or maybe no animals put down. I find it interesting that there are no mixed breeds in the dog shows. That right there should tell you that these people are indeed "hoity toity" and think that only certain dogs are good enough to be in the show.

sourpuss 5 years, 10 months ago

Some breeds would completely disappear if not for breeders. Yes, there are unreputable people in dog breeding, but you could probably say that about any activity from Bridge to stock trading. Animals are animals, and it is not a dog's fault if he was born in a puppy mill any more than if he were a mutt on the street. Be kind to animals, breed them responsibly (if we fix all our pets, we won't have any more), and recognize that it is pretty neat that animals like us so much as to want to live with us, protect us, and love us. Oh, and watch dog shows and appreciate all the wonderful variety in Man's best friend!

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