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Below is an article published by AARP about what you can do with your tax refund. I'm wondering if they even thought about the message that they are sending here? Basically it's: Don't adopt from a shelter, make money on your dog (yeah, we need MORE BYB's) and they don't even mention pure-bred rescue groups.

What do you all think??

Bring Home a Best Friend

A puppy's floppy ears and oversized paws won't just tug at your heartstrings. A pooch can provide companionship and encourage you to exercise.

You could get a pup free at the animal shelter, but you won't be sure if you'll have Toto or Marmaduke when the dog matures. If you want specific characteristics, consider a thoroughbred. You'll pay $750 to $1,500 or more for a pure-bred dog. Spring for one with great bloodlines and champion ancestors, and he may even earn a few bucks occasionally; stud fees range from $250 to $750.

Now's a great time to buy, as many breeders time their litters to arrive in the spring, says breeder Linda Ciocci of New Haven, Connecticut. Also, it's easier to train a puppy with lots of warm weather ahead.

While at the breeder's, spend time with the pup's parents (the mother, at least) and siblings to see how the breed behaves, advises Gail Miller, a spokesperson for the American Kennel Club in New York City.

Three gentle, easy-to-train breeds: the Portuguese water dog (active and won't shed), the Yorkshire terrier (small and intelligent), and the greyhound (mellow and large). See dogbreedinfo.com or the American Kennel Club's website for more information.
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Just what we need, more people getting into breeding as a moneymaking proposition, rather than for temperament & quality.

And if people don't take the time to thoroughly investigate their potential puppy's purebred background to determine that it does come from a responsible breeder & not just a front family for a puppy mill, they're helping to fund & perpetuate the ghastly misery of puppy mills.
(The news that puppy mills employ "front" people & not just pet stores was a surprise to me - just read about that in "the other end of the leash" - great book, BTW.)

My 3 mutts are the best dogs, and people are perpetually asking what kind of dog they are & where they can find one like mine -I just tell them to take a trip to the shelter!
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It sounds like it was written by someone who knows nothing about companion animals. I think most senior citizens would do just fine adopting an adult animal be it cat or dog. Size is determined at that point, and the personality can be ascertained to some degree, especially if it is at a responsible shelter. If I make it to my 80's, I'm not sure that I would really want a pair of kittens playing hockey with my hearing aids, having to house-train a puppy, or taking a dog to obedience school!
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::censor::censor::censor:: I really hope the author of that article gets lambasted for the statements about shelter animals. Wonderful advice to give to a 70-year-old with osteoporosis or heart trouble - go get yourself a rambunctious kitten or puppy (has anybody here ever had one that wasn't?) from a breeder, instead of a sedater, older pet from a shelter that has less of a chance of outliving you.
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