I hate the 'I just want a pet,' mentality.
(My family breeds a certain breed of pony and we often get 'why does it cost so much? It's a pony! from people)
Being 'just a pet' is often the highest calling a dog can have.
People by and far ask so much of their 'pets':
Pets are running buddies, couch companions, playing with the kids, curling up in bed with them at night. Members of the family.
Being 'just a pet' there is often so much more expected of a dog because they are welcomed into lives and families and asked to be well-tempered and loving, sharing space and living with them day in and day out.
I feel like people don't understand the demands that they make on dogs - take for granted they are bred to be companions.
Until they have a badly bred one. Whose temperament is unsound and bites a their child. Or who gets horribly sick and dies far too young.
So well said! Worth repeating.
Abby, I will sticky this in the Breeders section. Thanks for the suggestion.
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