I’ve never met a dog that I didn’t like. I’m not a purebred snob, I love mixed breeds too. We have always had purebred dogs because we needed breeds that would be best suited for our family. For the most part, it has worked for us. Choosing a purebred dog allows you to know what characteristics to expect, the adult size, and its working/training capabilities. You can also be more informed on certain diseases or problems that are inherent to certain breeds.
Susi Szeremy, who writes the blog DogKnobIt, established National Purebred Dog Day. She felt with all of the holidays celebrating the diversity of dogs, that there should be a day to honor the heritage of our purebred pups. On March 10th, the Colorado House and Senate passed a resolution making it the first state to designate May 1st as National Purebred Dog Day.
My husband and I have shared our home with three cats and eight dogs since we’ve been married. The breeds have been so different, but every one of them has left indelible memories.
If you decide to bring a purebred dog into your home, do the homework. Know the activity level, the temperament, the grooming needs, and the size before selecting the breed for your family. NEVER buy a puppy from a pet store or flea market. These dogs are more than likely from a puppy mill. Check out the breeder that you are considering dealing with and don’t be swayed by the cute puppies. Cute puppies with hereditary problems often end up in shelters. Many shelters offer purebred puppies and dogs for adoption. You can also find breed specific rescues in most states.
In honor National Purebred Dog Day, I’d like to share the dogs that have captured our love through the years.
|Jake, Madison, and Jessica loved each other.|
Madison was and continues to be the smartest dog that we have known. She is joined in the picture with Jake and our daughter Jessica. Jake was a retired police K-9 and was an amazing fellow.
|Madison's puppies Morgan and Lindsay.|
Lindsay and Morgan were Madison’s puppies. They were rambunctious and fun. We bred her with another show dog to have a litter. Even though our Jake was neutered, the pups sure did look like him.
|I would bite the hand that fed me.|
Grady was our Miniature Schnauzer. He was the only dog that we’ve ever had that LOVED fireworks. Seriously loved them. Do not let his smile fool you. He was "red-flagged" at every groomer in town!
|Tucker always made me smile.|
Tucker, my Golden Retriever was what our kids liked to call “the Golden Child.” They gave him to me as a Mother’s Day present. He was always smiling, had a heart of gold, and was our “back pocket dog.” That means he was never any further away from us than our back pockets. Just like all of our pets that have left this world too soon, I miss Tucker every single day.
|These two have made our blogging a blast!|
Y’all know Bentley and Pierre . You can read Bentley’s story here. Pierre is a White West Highland Terrier and is our daughter’s boy. He is living with us for now and we couldn’t love him more.
Like I said in the beginning, I love all dogs and a piece of paper won’t make a difference in my opinion. It doesn’t matter if that paper is an AKC registration or an adoption paper, all that matters is you have a terrific dog on life’s journey.
♥ Happy National Purebred Dog Day♥
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