OK well, i dont PLAN on getting rid of her if she becomes a challenge, or I NEVER would have got an UNTRAINED teen!
From your previous post:
And if it DID come down to it, and she was MORE than I could $$ handle, I would place her in a home that would be MORE suited to her special needs, and would also love her.
When I say "if she becomes a challenge," I do not mean a behavioral challenge. Not that that may not be somewhat of a concern, but I do
think that years as a pet owner count for at least something in terms of whether you can train a new dog, and I know nothing about your capabilities there. All the experience and good intentions in the world are just not substitutes for proper health care. Please believe, I have no doubt at all that your intentions are entirely good. I really admire your through-thick-and-thin attitude toward your family, and I do not mean any of this as a personal attack. That said - not everyone is the right fit for every dog, and this sounds like a disaster waiting to happen.
But MOST avarage ppl, have a financial limit,somthing other people, fortunatly for them, dont understand.......
And on the contrary - I am a college student with zero family support. I was raised dirt poor. I'm not now, nor have I ever been, wealthy. There is very much a financial limit. However, I believe strongly that pets are a luxury, not a right, and they did not ask to be brought into a situation where they may end up having an emergency or serious illness and their caretaker had no plan for that. Do I think that every dog needs ultra-plush kennels, beds, the best of the best food? No. It'd be nice, but I agree with you that a warm, loving home is more important than that. Where we differ is that I believe that having a dog - any dog, but in particular a breed prone to myriad health issues - who may bloat, who may be vWD affected and be seriously hurt by a cut that may not be serious for another dog, have an internal blockage, the list goes on...and end up suffering, euthanized, or ripped from that warm, loving home because their owner was unprepared for that situation, is wrong. It isn't fair. The dog doesn't get a say in where it lives...it's up to us to not take on something that we are not prepared to be fully responsible for.
But I DO appriciate the passion you BIG breeders have for your breed. Thing is, MOST of us these days are from a NOT so fancy or privaledged life. But we manage to keep bills paid, and pantry stocked, even if we cant affoard a motor home, for "show weekends", or dont have thousands in the bank, ( if anything at all), but we can keep our pets healthy, loved, and they are our family, as much as yours are. I know USUALLY, wen i see a Dobie, Pit or Rottie in a yard, they are YARD dogs, not sleeping on thier owners beds every nite, like mine do. And the owners are AWAY working LONG hours, to have the expensive cars, homes, horses and DOGS, that they glance at on the way in and out the door. Even if they call the vet for every flea they find, are they TRULY a better home? A better pack for thier pets? As far as I know, a dog and most living creatures would rather have a full belly, and be family, IN the house, than a thousand trips to the vet, and a nice big cage with air conditioning in someones "million dollar" kennel. .............
You make a great case for why it's fine to own a dog without a "million dollar" home, but absolutely none for why you should be breeding. Would you want your doctor to say "Well, I don't have any particular training and I've never demonstrated that I know how to do this well, but why shouldn't I perform surgery on you?" It boggles my mind that in one post you are thanking "dedicated" breeders and breeding a dog that has met absolutely no criteria that would make him acceptable to breed. Breeding dogs reputably is work
. It is an incredible amount of responsibility to bring lives into this world and know that your knowledge of and accountability for everything - in health, temperament, and confirmation - will directly relate to their quality of life for the next decade and a half. It takes a great deal of preparedness to be willing and able
to take back into your home each and every life you create in the event that their new owner should be unable to keep them. Breeding reputably is about so unbelievably much more than confirmation. People devote their lives to improving, preserving, and bettering their breeds, and it is incredibly insulting to them to say that anyone who loves their dog should be breeding it.