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2014/05/18

Internet harm or help.

Twenty plus years ago I had a very small group of dog owner/lover friends we were not exceptionally close but we did know each other. That group grew as I became in involved with the opening of an off leash dog park in my community, then I joined an on line form, Chinese Crested Crush. Through that I started working in Rescue, the online friendships grew as we got to know each other through our beloved Chinese Crested dog. This group was really close as we were looked at by most of the world as strange because our love of hairless dogs seem weird to most. Our beloved companions were called Ugly and won many contest of the same name. We were ask the rudest question about our dogs. I had people shy away as they thought somehow I was an idiot taking a sick dog into public, even many vets had not seen them or touched the hairless dogs, As many of my hairless dog owner friends will attest in the early beginnings of of owning these marvelous dogs we were the exception and thought of as nuts, to put it point blank. Now that these dogs have been exploited by good but mostly bad breeders they are in shelters found wondering the streets and so on. This same thing is now happening to two other hairless breeds as the understanding and love for them grow. We have gone international it is so easy to ship these dogs they are being flown to all the industrial countries and transported through the South America at an alarming rate. So in twenty years I fear the plight of the other two hairless breeds will end up like the CC has.We are just now starting to see the effects of this problem. The internet has splashed these magnificent animal across every form of internet devices used. My friends list grows weekly as the owners of these wonderful animals are looking for others that love them. The folks that do not own them are getting introduced to them on a regular bases. They are not a breed for everyone but their uniqueness puts them on the hit list for every person that has a need to be different and wants one to fill this need.  The other group of just plain not educated dog owners that find they bit off more than they can chew when they get one. There are the folks that just don't care and why they have animals in the first place are beyond my comprehension.
I have no desire to see breeds cross just to see what the puppies will look like. I have no desire to have a hairless Pit Bull, and what the hell is a hairless chi weenie, come on has the world gone nuts. We have enough of the street mutts and irresponsible dogs owners out there to last a Millium. It is one thing to go to the shelters and adopt a dog but we need to find a way to stop filling the shelters. As the laws in the Northern cities about loose pets filter to the South and small country areas we are starting to see a small dent in the numbers of street dogs. But the breeding, I can not turn my computer on with out seeing the next litter of pups. I don't know all these people and will not stand in judgement of them. I just hope folks will think long and hard about the pups they are bring into this world and who they sell to. Not everyone that has money should have a dog. Everyone must think and be responsible. And yes they all tell me the same thing, I have heard it all. I have had folks jump down my throat in defense of  what they do.   I am seen as the enemy because I am in rescue. OK I get it everyone has their passions and will fight for them. I am not saying stop I am saying think. Don't just look at the process of them being adopted out of your home but how long will they be in the home your adopting to.  I know some very fine folks that buy a dog for there kids to help them learn responsibility then when the kids leave the home they dump the aging dog as it has served it purpose, in my eyes that just cancelled out the responsibility you were trying to teach them. Now said dog had a great life till the kids left and now they get rid of the dog, and who wants an old dog, not many. The dogs only crime was to end his usefulness.  Now yes in rescue we have this happen to us also. But we are not bringing them into this world we are just trying to save their lives and do what we can to ensure they don't get dumped again. All I am trying to say is Think, go beyond the money and try to help the problem. Educate, don't just walk away saying it is not my problem because this is every human on Earths problem. We are the ones that was given a conscience and the ability to reason.

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