By Deborah Taylor-French
A dog can win your heart. A person can win your heart, but a dog must keep it. Dogs’ lives depend on us. They need us for shelter, food, fun and healthy exercise.
Dog lovers come in at least two camps
One camp treats dogs like objects, dogs exist to be bred, shown, work for people, perform tricks, and learn and demonstrate model behavior.
One camp thinks dogs like people should be loved, cared for and praised for themselves. This humane group believes dogs need us as much as we need them.
Should Dogs Be Bred for Beauty?
Praising adorable purebred puppies and dogs puts them into a Miss or Mr. Universe dog show pitting ideal standards. This kind of cultural dog show thinking causes over-breeding and inbreeding. Several popular dog breeds require all puppies being delivered under surgery at veterinarian hospitals. I think this practice is harmful to dogs.
Many purebred puppies die in their first few weeks because of inbreed weaknesses.
Mutt Lovers Unite
This Photo Friday looks at dogs as being unique, never to be repeated individuals.
In praise of mutts, please send your mutt photographs. I want a big collection to publish in the next few months. Comment on this post about where you found your mutt and tell me what you love about your dog’s personality.
Do You Have a Mutt Full of Personality?
Do you have one?
I took these photographs of my friend’s adopted little guy, Toby. Of course, Toby has a high opinion of himself and a huge personality.
Toby seems to love everybody in the neighborhood, man or beast. Well, except for cats.
I hope to post a video or two of Toby on my YouTube channel soon.
Please tell me your favorite mutt’s name, what makes him or her special and why your mutt should win a basket of healthy goodies from Dog Leader Mysteries.
Thanks for reading and sharing.
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