Why should I feel guilty? Why should I be judged?
I lost my constant companion. My friend and helper. My Dane loved me as much as I loved him. When he got sick, I took care of him. When it became obvious that he was suffering, I loved him even more. I said good bye.
A year latter I was ready to begin my search for another friend. After researching several breeds, I applied for a purebreed dog but I didn't stop looking.
Every week I went to the pound. Every week, I left with tears in my eyed.. I wanted to take all of the sweet puppies home.
But I can't. I need the one...
I made yet another trip to the shelter. I honestly didn't expect to find the dog. But I kept coming back to one wiggle butt. She was too old. Too small. Too energetic. But I just couldn't leave her there.
In less than a week she learned how to walk on a leash. She learned the many commands I needed her to learn faster than any dog I have ever trained. She was so smart but I never connected to her.
Her prey drive is so strong that training will not solve her one major problem. She wants to eat Dragon's cat and our pet bunny. She doesn't bark and growl. Oh no. Silently, she stalks them and attacks. She is a hunter. This is something I could not have known when I found her in the shelter.
Finally, the decision was made to find her a new home. One without cats or bunnies. I tried my friends on Facebook first. Within three days she had a new home. She is going to a disabled man who will benefit from her many skills.
I still need to teach her a few more skills. Fetch the phone, get help and pick up dropped items. She will go to her new home just in time for Christmas.
Now what do I have? An acquaintance shaming me for buying a high dollar pure bred dog.
What do I have to say to that?
BACK OFF BITCH!
You don't know me. If you did, you would know that my family has fostered over 180 dogs and cats. All of them with problems. I lost count at 180. I kept most of them until they were adopted.
How dare you lecture me on the over crowded shelters, homeless animals, puppy mills and irresponsible pet owners.
I have 4 dogs in my home right now. 3 of them are rescues. I had to purchase a dog in Germany. They didn't let Americans adopt. 3 of them are seniors. The one dog under a year old is now being trained to do a very important job for a disabled man I love very much.
Even the cat is a rescue.
So get off your high horse.
The dog I am buying comes from a proven blood line. I know about how tall she will get. I know she will be strong. I know she will be calm and alloof. I will have support from the breeder I know she will be independent and stubborn.
Everything I know about this mastiff is an unknown in a shelter dog.
Do I feel guilty? Hell no.