Today I felt compelled to write this post for some random reason. I'm not looking for people to rant...I'm not looking for people to feel like I made the wrong decision...I'm just looking for people to get what I'm trying to say. I feel like this is a very important message. Just because my dog isn't a rescue dog doesn't mean you should judge Chris and I for it.
Let me tell you what I mean...
Let me tell you what I mean...
First off, let me tell you...I support animal rescue. I get to know dogs and cats at local pet rescues. I discuss the joys of rescuing to friends and family and whoever else would like to hear about it. I wear tee shirts that make it clear I'm all for rescue, and I'm all for helping unfortunately abused, neglected, and homeless animals. I love the Pit Bull breed, educate people about Pit Bulls, and I wear a necklace every day that reads "end breed specific legislation". What I'm trying to say is I'm one of those people (even though I'm only 13) that you can tell is a huge advocate for rescue and will urge you to rescue (or not "purchase" as they say) your next dog.
There's just one thing though that might make people feel a bit differently about my advocacy for rescue pets...my dog isn't a rescue dog. He is from a reputable breeder, and he is a show dog. (You can click here to visit another article I wrote about reputable breeders versus shelters and rescues!) Let me just clarify...dogs have this uncanny ability to find the humans that need them most, and for me, that dog is a 14 pound Dachshund named Christmas.
Chris is my best friend, my baby, my buddy, and my companion. He's my soul mate, my brother, my heart dog, and my sidekick. In short, we're meant for each other, and all the other dogs in the world almost seem not important when I'm with Chris. I don't mean that in a bad way, I just mean I love all dogs, but Chris is something special.
Christmas is a show dog, and that's what I was looking for in a dog when I took the nearly 2 year old wriggly sausage dog home after our very first dog show in mid October. If I wasn't looking for a show dog, I'd definitely have a rescue dog. Whether that means a mixed breed or a purebred pup, it would be a rescue. I would have probably adopted a shelter dog, probably a dog nobody would want because I would be the last hope for the dog.
Along with the rescue advocacy, I am a huge supporter of spaying and neutering your pet, yet Chris isn't neutered. When his show career ends, however, I will get him neutered. I make sure to monitor him closely around other dogs (females that aren't spayed if you will) and give him great care and a great diet to avoid any health problems. He is fairly reliable off leash, but for safety reasons I never let him off leash. If he picked up the scent of a female dog who wasn't spayed, he would find that dog, nobody how long it would take.
Once I was taking a walk in the early evening with Christmas, like I do every day. A person walking by with a sweet mixed breed terrier (obviously a rescue...thumbs up for rescue!) was petting Chris, and Chris was overjoyed by all the head scratches. The person asked me if he was a rescue pet, and when I replied no, she seemed a little less fond of Chris. Not that she maybe she thought he would hurt her, but maybe she thought he wasn't worth petting because he wasn't a rescue dog. Christmas went to sniff a nearby mailbox post (which he happily lifted his leg on a moment later) and the person asked if we would get him neutered when she saw him from the back. I said that he was a show dog so he couldn't be neutered, but after his show career we would neuter him. The person seemed to have no interest in innocent little Christmas and walked on.
I am a huge rescue advocate, and that hasn't change one bit, even though I have a dog that's from a reputable breeder and isn't spayed or neutered. I know a few people in Blogville with dogs who are from great breeders and I'm sure they can relate to and understand what I mean. Chris loves the show ring, but when I decide to retire him from it, he'll be neutered like all his neighborhood canine friends. However, I can never change the fact that he is not a rescue, but that doesn't have to be a bad thing.
This might not be the face of a rescue dog, but this is the face of a beloved family member.