PROVIDING INFORMATION AND ANALYSES OF ANIMAL ISSUES IN LOS ANGELES
From Madeline Bernstein re Obama's Broken Promise
SpcaLA is dismayed by the decision of the White House to obtain a purebred dog. They cite “the hypo allergenic” quality of the Portuguese Water Dog to break their promise of adopting a shelter dog i.e. “a mutt like me” (President Obama).
There is no such thing as a hypo allergenic dog. There are numerous dogs, poodles, terriers etc. that are as less aggravating to allergies as the Water Dog. There are millions of such dogs in shelters throughout the country! There was no need to go to a purebred.
Choosing a shelter dog would have saved lives. Americans tend to follow the examples of their leaders whether in fashion, music or planting a vegetable garden. Adopting a shelter dog would have inspired millions of people to do the same which would have provided homes and saved the lives of dogs already in existence rather than encouraging breeders to make more.
This choice will also mark the end of the Portuguese Water Dog for generations to come as unscrupulous breeders and profiteers will indiscriminately breed the dog for a quick, tax free dollar. One need only to look at Collies, Dalmatians, Sheep Dogs showcased in movies and television shows to see the effects of this “copy cat syndrome.” Hoards of genetically deranged and sick puppies flooded the market until the breeds were stigmatized.
Humans are not shocked and can speak out when a politician breaks a promise. Shelter animals across the country will continue to wait for hope and weep in silence.
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