Is It OK to Get a Dog from a Breeder, Not a Shelter?

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    Aug 14, 2016 3:57 PM GMT
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    NYT: By Name Withheld, I got my wonderful, loving dog from a reputable breeder about eight years ago, but sometimes I feel guilty that I didn’t adopt a shelter dog instead. When I consider that her life span is already more than half over, I suspect that I will eventually get another dog. When I do, I’m sure I will go to a breeder again. (I won’t get into the reasons for this, although there are many.) Is this ethical? Is it relevant that I have taken in strays in the past and given them a loving home for the rest of their lives? Is it relevant that I have never abandoned or failed to neuter or spay a pet? Is it relevant that, given a choice between a shelter dog and no dog, I would choose no dog at all? What if I give money to shelters for neutering stray dogs? What if I give money for education to prevent people from adopting puppies without properly training or socializing them, thus preventing those dogs from ending up in shelters? How much money must I give to justify getting a dog from a breeder? Or should breeders donate a certain amount for each puppy sold either to shelters or to education programs? Is such a trade-off ethical?

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/15/magazine/is-it-ok-to-get-a-dog-from-a-breeder-not-a-shelter.html?
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    Aug 14, 2016 7:48 PM GMT
    another NYTimes article regurgitate.
    pick the best of both; go to a breed specific rescue and get an old dog that needs your home.
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    Aug 14, 2016 7:55 PM GMT
    I plan on buying a black lab from a breeder in Oct. because I need a dog with a fresh start who I can properly train to be around my cat
  • mybud

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    Aug 14, 2016 7:56 PM GMT
    Buying a dog from a str8 person is more than alright.....
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    Aug 14, 2016 8:00 PM GMT
    mybud said Buying a dog from a str8 person is more than alright.....
    Lmao
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    Aug 14, 2016 8:18 PM GMT
    mybud said
    Buying a dog from a str8 person is more than alright.....

    What does THAT mean?
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    Aug 14, 2016 8:24 PM GMT
    My mother bought a dog from a dog breeder. We went there, saw the conditions, decided it was reputable and the puppy well cared for. Not through a pet store.

    I also bought a doxie myself from a private dog breeder. Likewise seeing the conditions first. I'd rather do that, than go blindly from a pet store.

    I've also gotten a dog from a rescue shelter. As well as an injured kitten I found along the Interstate. From its injuries it was evidently thrown from a car. She recovered, after care from a vet, and became a great pet. I named her Binx, after the cat in the Bette Midler movie "Hocus Pocus".

    I got another another dog from an animal rescue shelter. So whatever UMayNeverKnow says about "libtards", which he's called me, I do care about animals. And I think most Liberals are better in this regard than Right Wingers.
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    Aug 14, 2016 8:24 PM GMT
    Art: He said BREEDER! icon_biggrin.gif
  • buddycat

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    Aug 14, 2016 9:55 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    mybud said
    Buying a dog from a str8 person is more than alright.....

    What does THAT mean?


    I get it, he meant getting a dog from a "breeder" also known as a straight person is OK. I am guilty of calling them that when they piss me off.
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    Aug 15, 2016 1:21 AM GMT
    I always get a shelter dog, but i admit that that is my preference, you have to do what it right for you.
  • ANTiSociaLiNJ...

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    Aug 15, 2016 10:46 PM GMT
    Do what makes you feel best. Don't ever let anyone guilt you into doing something you won't ultimately be happy with. If you love a certain breed of dog then go and find it. If it makes you feel better try giving a donation to your local animal shelter. You can even volunteer at one from time to time.
  • Apparition

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    Aug 17, 2016 3:54 AM GMT
    it is okay to do whatever the hell you want, it is your money.
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    Aug 18, 2016 11:17 AM GMT
    buddycat said
    Art_Deco said
    mybud said
    Buying a dog from a str8 person is more than alright.....

    What does THAT mean?


    I get it, he meant getting a dog from a "breeder" also known as a straight person is OK. I am guilty of calling them that when they piss me off.


    Bobbie is a breeder; lmfao.