Lol, Joanne, we can stay at a grown up, mature level of discussion. Calling me names is not a kind, nor an intelligent response. I'm a skeptic, not a snob. I am most approachable, kind, outgoing, friendly, loving person you might ever meet, but, i am verrrrrrrrry skeptical about breeders, (and dog food manufacturers, too!!)
doesn't make me a snob. Our opinions just do not match. that is all. doesn't make you a better person, that you think another way than i do.
but, if it makes you feel better to call ppl who have another viewpoint names ala "grade-school style", have at it. I'm big enough, but, i think it is better to attack an idea, or a fact, than to attack the person.
I am glad if you have been able to locate one those 5% of breeders (i have thread up on this in chit chat, which explains what that 5% do prior to cranking out more litters into this world). YAY!! I mention in my whole other thread, the exact type of breeder who is breeding SPECIFICALLY to weed out deformities. NOt sure if you've seen that thread yet, in chit-chat.
I have not googled this person, but, a vet's thumbs up, (after so many vets pushing "Science Diet" onto us) does not quite carry the weight with me that it once did, in years gone by.
I respect their education, oh i do, but, i do not take a vet (or a human doctor) word without also researching it out for my own self.
And i just can not bring myself to ignore the six million dogs out there, being killed each and every day, cuz ppl prefer to "buy" their dogs, to me, that is $upporting the BULK of these backyard breeders, with my wallet, amidst a SEVERE dog overpopulation CRISIS.
Makes no sense to me. I just prefer to know, for my own heart, that *i* am not supporting them myself, with my wallet. YOu can do what you see fit with your wallet.
and yes, Sara, and JOanne, too, i SO agree, there IS a place in the world for "RESPONSIBLE" breeders, WE CAN ALL AGREE ON THAT ONE TOGETHER!!!
but, factually, these wonderful breeders make up less than 15% of breeders.
that is just the sad truth.
But KUDOS TO THOSE FEW WHO ARE WORKING TO REDUCE THE PUREBRED HEALTH PROBLEMS!!!