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  •  I don't know where you are PragmaticDem, (0+ / 0-)

    but you sound exactly like the breeders we got our Sheltie, Mac, from.  Health and soundness were their goals as well as temperament.  It meant that they had quite a few "culls" which are always "culled" because they are too large for breed standard.  They have a long, long waiting list of people wanting one of the "culls" for a pet because they are such good, healthy dogs.  Our Mac is about 50 pounds-way too big for a show ring, but he is such a great dog for a pet!  Our breeder had all the same rules too: neuter the animal, do not show or breed him, bring him back to her if we couldn't keep him, and do not take him to a shelter.  He was born in a family home (in the kitchen) and has lived his whole life that way.

    I know the shelters are full of puppies looking for homes.  My son has autism, though, and we couldn't count on getting just any dog.  We were specifically looking for the dedication, steadiness, attentiveness, and responsiveness that this line of Shelties have.  

    I think we have every reason to be suspicious of the NRA, but as a pet owner, I am even more suspicious of PETA and its agenda.  These laws it sponsors or backs are notoriously riddled with unintended consequences and opposing them makes you sound like some monster.  But just as opposing "pro-life" legislation doesn't make one "pro-baby-killing," neither does opposing PETA make one "pro-animal abuse" either.        

    Metaphors be with you.

    by koosah on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 11:06:57 AM PST

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    •  Hey Koosah (0+ / 0-)

      We are in North Carolina. We have placed many dogs and keep in touch with the new owners, who usually send us cards and emails updating us in how much their new family additions have added to their lives.

      You make a great point about PETA-in my mind they are an evil institution who on the surface have a reasonable agenda, but in fact they are awful. Their goal is to shut down all breeders, and in fact don't even accept pet ownership as legitimate.

      I'm glad you got a Sheltie-they are terrific pets, very smart, and wonderful companions. They are often used for therapy as most are very affectionate and friendly.

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