I wanted to revisit Sunday's post a little. After hearing from all of you, I thought some more about the point I was trying to make, and wondered if it needed some clarification and maybe a little tempering.
At heart, I am simply hoping to help create more awareness for the shelter pets out there who are just as deserving of a good home as any purebred. I know that there are people out there with purebreds who truly love their dogs, and simply gravitate toward a certain breed for a variety of reasons. They may be the dogs they grew up with, they may have allergies, or they may have a lifestyle which calls for specific characteristics found in a breed. What I would hope for these people is that they would also find value in a shelter dog, and perhaps, at some point in their life, consider adopting instead of, or in addition to buying their pet.
I love all dogs. Be it a purebred Great Dane or a mangy little mutt, they are all creatures deserving of love. What I witnessed on Sunday was what appeared to be individuals seeking attention and praise simply for the fact that they had purebred, expensive, designer dogs on the end of the leash. They seemed to be there solely to "see and be seen". These are individuals who would probably never consider a dog from a shelter or even a purebred rescue group--and that's what had me fired up.
As a proud "mutt mommy" I like to think of myself as an ambassador for shelter pets when I'm out with my dogs. I apologize if the brush I used to paint the picture of purebred owners was a bit too broad. I know there are good ones out there who also care for shelter pets, like one of my blog readers who kindly shared her POV with me.
It's a complicated issue with a lot of emotions involved on both sides. I appreciate all of your feedback. Now go give those pups of yours a big hug!