Wow, how frustrating!!! Thanks for the good ideas on how to respond to people and inform them about puppies that don't find homes.
Since having my standard poodle male pup, I have already been approached several times about breeding him with other people's dogs and he is only four months old! One friend commented that it was a shame he wasn't a female, as she wants to breed her male foxoodle with a purebred poodle! Why? He will be desexed a bit later due to him doing some shows and having semen preserved, but he will not be sowing any wild oats in the meantime. I was surprised that this woman didn't ask me what did I think? I did launch into a spiel about it all, but not sure if it sunk in. Our two rottie x GSD pups are a perfect example of the many, many puppies that are thoughtlessly produced and discarded. They would have died of malnutrition, disease and exposure after they were dumped in the bush with their sick mother.
And the amount of time and effort on top of the cost, to raise a puppy that will be functional is a rude shock to lots of well-meaning people too, I'd imagine. Add to that the dedication required to find a suitable home for each pup and it is probably beyond what most people want to do. That's why I take my hat off to all you guys on here who foster and help to rehome dogs.
There is one guy in my neighbourhood who has about 7 maltese crosses. Every time I bump into him he ALWAYS asks if he can breed his male maltese with my westie. He keeps on asking this question even though I've told him a thousand times that my westie is spayed and was spayed ages ago. He either has something wrong with him mentally or he has a terrible memory.
Last edited by Lillypilly; 07-20-2010 at 10:33 PM.
I foster a BYB rescued chihuahua at home at the moment. She's a bit of a mess psychologically meaning she knows nothing and is learning how to actually be a dog and live in a social group, so I know she's gonna need that "very special someone". Because of all the stress she went through she's not desexed as yet although I will not let her leave my home to another person until she is. One day we had some people over and when I said how we're going to do it another time she screamed: "Oh no, no, no!!! Please I'd like her puppy. I'd take her, but she's too old and too much to handle!" Yeah right! The look I gave her shut her up immediately. Bitch!
Respect and you shall be respected. Animal is always right.
Hey, it's weird how strangers start these conversations anyway! I was at my dog park (thankfully found a huge one nearby and the mid-week during the day group are great) today - different crowd on the weekend. Within a minute of me being there, I was asked how old my poodle was, what size and sex. I replied four months and then was asked had I had him 'fixed up' yet. I said not at four months as he was going to some puppy shows with his breeder and I assumed he meant desexing. He then showed me his two poodle crosses and started going on about his female poodle cross at home and how my male would 'love' her. I just said, "Why would I keep him entire if he is going to be a pet and I already own three puppies that nobody wanted, so why bring even more into the world?". He and his friends went satisfyingly quiet after that....... aghhhh!!!!!
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