As some of you may very well know, my interests are diverse. This one happens to be on the radar because I grew up travelling to dog shows. Wouldn’t trade the time and experience for the world. No, I’m not an AKC snob. (Though there was a time.) I’m in favor of landrace breeds. And of rescue. But I like the point she makes:
There is something far worse than a family acquiring a dog from a conscientious breeder, and that’s a family rescuing a dog that turns out to be fundamentally unstable or just plain unsuited to life with a family.
Childhood dogs shape attitudes toward animals for life; they can make kids lifelong advocates for animal welfare or create in them an ineluctable fear. A family that adopts a dog that incorrigibly nips children’s hands, eats expensive furniture or lunges at other animals might at best end up investing in an expensive trainer. At worst, the dog ends up back in the shelter or on the street, leaving a family forever wary of canines.
Indiscriminate ownership (and indiscriminate breeding) go hand in hand. Just sayin’. Read the full article here: The Obama Family Dog Saga.