|Really, dude? Really?|
Each of them, without exception, was walking a small, fluffy, white lap dog.
What the hell happened to people having normal dogs? When I was a kid, if you wanted a dog you went to the RSPCA, picked out the friendliest looking mutt, took it home and that was that! Now days, people seem to spend weeks, if not months, visiting breeders, researching different breeds, and tossing up whether to buy from a puppy farm or a pet shop!
|He's so cute! How could you|
prefer a yappy little white thing!
I've had several friends go through this process, and when I asked them why they didn't just get a rescue dog, they all gave me a similar story.
"Oh, but when you pick the breed you know what it's personality will be like!"
Rubbish, in my opinion! I've never met a mongrel I didn't like, but I've met plenty of those annoying little boutique breed dogs that I'd cheerfully kick (if I wasn't a nice person who would NEVER kick a dog, no matter how annoying it is). I'm sure everyone who has one of these types of dogs is highly offended, but I'm just going by my observations and experiences.
|Utterly adorable, and a bitsa!|
It's the same with cats. My boss is currently in the process of helping his wife pick out a new cat. My first question was, "Oh, which RSPCA are you going to go to?"
Yeah, they're not going to the RSPCA.
Apparently she's taken a liking to ragdolls, so they've been visiting and calling every breeder they could find in the area. Seriously, they're willing to pay up to $1,000 to get a pure bred cat, rather than pay $150 at the local shelter and get one that's desexed, vaccinated and microchipped. I just don't understand it.
I got my feline co-habitator from the RSPCA and she's the best cat you can imagine. She's loving, cuddly, and very sweet. She follows me around the house and sits at my feet wherever I end up settling. Sure she has an unnatural obsession with the shadow on my bathroom wall and she hunts geckos like they're lions on an African safari, but she was honestly the best $150 I ever spent!
|She thinks she's in charge in our |
house, and she kind of is.
I don't think I'll ever understand people who just have to have a designer animal. There are so many animals in shelters right now that need homes! When you get a bitsa, you get the advantage of an animal which will generally have a better personality, fewer health problems, and you'll have the added bonus of knowing you rescued an dog that may have been on death row.
Isn't that worth more than being able to say with equal parts pride and arrogance, "Oh, it's a purebreed" as it yaps mercilessly and snaps at everyone in sight?