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Thursday, November 06, 2008

Just a Few More Days....

Ok, I know I often talk about my brother, I live with him, I'm pretty close with him, but he has a tendency to drive me bonkers, that's what brother's do after all....problem is, he's 17, four years younger than me, but he often acts more like he's 7. And it's not that he has issues with long car rides, we've both done much longer car rides than a mere three and a half hours each way...but this time, for the first time, it's just the two of us, without my mother in the car. The good thing though is that since I'll be driving for the most part (he hates driving my car, but I'm hoping he'll take over some as well) there are parts where I will have to say, don't bother me I have to concentrate,and I know he WILL shut up then. That, and I went out and bought some things to keep him entertained. CDs, a movie, maybe even a book....whatever, anything that will keep his mouth shut. Maybe I should get duct tape too, just in case.....nah, I'm kidding, though I think during the trip I might be tempted.
I've been asked, why do we go to a breeder to get our dog, why not a shelter? We have several reasons not to get from a shelter, or a puppy store. Often times, pups that are in shelters came from something called a "puppymill" meaning that there was no pedigree involved, there is a good chance that later on the dog will develop problems, and get sick. By that point of course, the owner is too attached to the dog to bring it back and will spend thousands of dollars on vet bills. Secondly, with dogs in a shelter, you can't tell what their temperment will be like when you bring them home. Will they get along with the cats, will they be scared of everything they see, will they be aggresive towards everything and everyone, and those are not questions the people working at the shelters can answer. With a reliable breeder, they bring the puppies up by hand, make sure they're used to ppl and will get along with the family, they can pick out the pp most likely to get along with our family lifestyle, the pups are less likely to develop problems later on bec they have been bred from good lines with healthy bones. A reliable breeder will keep in touch with you, and you can always call them up to ask questions. Yes, it's a bit more money, but in my opinion it is totally worth it.
I think this answers a couple of questions, yes? If not, feel free to ask away, I'll answer the best that I can. Anyways, I got to go study for my test today, wish me luck!
FINAL NOTE: The last and probably biggest reason, *I* am not the one making the decision, not am I the one dishing out the money. My mother is. You have issues, take it to her, she'd be more than happy to explain why she'd rather go to a breeder than to a shelter.

12 comments:

Child Ish Behavior said...

Good luck on your test.

As for the puppy issue. You do realize that the decision you are making is based on selfish reasons? If all you wanted to do was help a dog that is in need of a home, you wouldn't care about the pedigree. But hey, you got to live with the dog being around for a long time so I guess your making the right choice, who needs the reject dogs anyway?

Anonymous said...

Fuck you for calling her selfish.

A dog is a member of the family, you do want it to be healthy.

Bastard.

Mikeinmidwood said...

anonymous

Now thats out of the blue.

Mikeinmidwood said...

Oh! and good luck on your test Mak.

Anonymous said...

fuck you too.

Jessica said...

If you get a puppy young enough from a shelter, you don't have to worry about the temperament any more than you would with a dog from a breeder.
One of your reasons for not wanting a dog from a pet store (because of the puppy mill thing) was that you don't know what health problems can develop in the future... if you really want to avoid that, it's actually better to get a puppy from the shelter who is a mutt and not go for the pure-bread puppy with papers. Pure-bread puppies not only have a shorter life expectancy, they also tend to have more health problems (because of the inbreeding...). No matter what your choice though, good luck in finding a puppy!

The fucker of all fuckers said...

and fuck u2

Jessica said...

anon - no thanks, I have a husband who takes care of that. ;-)

Mikeinmidwood said...

Mak

I think you have a troll.

hater of all things named mike said...

and fuck you mike

Mikeinmidwood said...

Thanks dude.

Mikeinmidwood said...

And how about you bring this to my site and leave Mak alone.