PETA and Westminster

Posted by dwallace on February 17, 2010 in PETA, rescue dog, Westminster |

Yesterday’s Westminster Dog Show erupted in chaos. No, Spuds McKinzee wasn’t defiling the pure-bred bitches—although he is a pure-bred himself. It was much worse. Two well dressed ladies entered the Westminster ring, walked up to the podium where the Best of Show winner would later be announced, and held up their signs that said, “Mutts Rule,” and “Breeders Kill Shelter Dogs’ Chances.”

The media is saying it was part of PETA’s way of raising awareness for shelter dogs. PETA denies being part of the act, but they do condone the act.

As far as the Westminster goes, I have to say that I’m guilty of watching way more hours of that show than a straight man should admit to. I really only like the sporting dogs, the working dogs and the hound group—which might be part of the sporting dogs, I don’t remember. The point is, I can’t believe that a dog show has become so big. Fifteen thousand people attended the show and millions more watched it on TV. Although I didn’t see it because I was too busy watching the Olympics, which was just as gay as watching the dog show—men’s ice skating was on last night.

“Breeders Kill Shelter Dogs’ Chances.”

Here’s the straight- poop on getting a cheap pure-bred dog. Go to and look around. You can get any kind pure-bred dog you want as long as you’re willing to drive a little bit. Your new dog will be from a rescue, so you can feel good about that. The rescuers will have worked with the dogs trying to make sure they are potty trained and that they don’t have worms or heart disease. Another good thing about rescues is that most are honest and will tell you exactly what is wrong with the dog before you agree to take it. This is because they don’t want to have to take the dog back and start the whole process over again.

You might not be able to get any breed of puppy you want from a rescue, but believe me, puppies are overrated. If you want to get up twice in the middle of the night to let your dog out to pee, then get a puppy. If you want your shoes and furniture tore up, then get a puppy. If you have tons of energy and want to take your dog for two or three, thirty minute walks a day, then get a puppy. If you don’t want to do all this, then get an adult rescue dog.

We got my dog Harley, an Italian Mastiff, from a rescue. He’s a brindle and from the side looks like a tiger. To get a “flashy brindle”—a breeder’s words not mine, an Italian Mastiff would cost you $1500-$2500. We had to pay a $200 adoption fee and drive about 75 miles to pick him up. I can honestly say he’s the best dog I’ve ever had and I’ve had about ten dogs growing up. So, “Yes, Mutts Rule,” but “Breeder’s Don’t Kill Shelter Dogs Chances,” it just gives cheap-asses like me more options.

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