Wednesday, 8 September 1999
Stop impulse buying
It is very disheartening to see that there are already
irresponsible people out there who are selling their wares, i.e.,
Bouvier des Flanders puppies, through the new Warner Brothers
movie, ``A Dog of Flanders'' (``Dog
is great, but poignant movie is wide of its mark'' - Aug. 27).
How can these people live with themselves? This movie is about
a boy and his dreams, not a retail outlet for dogs.
After the movie ``101 Dalmatians'' came out, Dalmatian Rescue
and the Humane Society were overflowing with purebred Dalmatians
bred to make money because of that movie.
Bouvier des Flanders are a working breed. They are not a breed
for everyone and are not the best family dogs. They are very big,
hairy, smelly and take a great deal of time and money to maintain.
They need a great deal of people contact and do not like to be
left alone. They also have many health problems, such as hip
dysplasia, blindness, heart problems, epilepsy, von Willebrand
disease and thyroid problems because of irresponsible breeding.
If you are interested in any breed, check it out thoroughly
before buying. If you buy a puppy on impulse, it will surely end
up in rescue or at the Humane Society.
Mary Alice Bushey