Friday, May 1, 2015

It's National Purebred Dog Day

   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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  1. Anudder dog dat luvs fireworks? I thought I wuz da only one!

    Finley likes em ok, but I luvs em. I'll bark bark bark at everyone at da Fourth of July until da fireworks start. Den I are happy and watchin em.

  2. Beautiful pictures. I have never had a purebred dog, but love them all. We rescued Pip when he was about five and he might have been a pure Yorkie, but we can't be sure. However, his personality didn't fit with some of the typical Yorkie traits so I'm guessing he had a little something else going on as well.

  3. A dog who loved fireworks? That's a great! Oh wait I just saw that Whitley loves it too... so two sensations :o) I hope I will get a gift today... although my momma said, I'm a Weimaraner-Frog-Mole-Cat-Thingy :o)
    easy rider

  4. I have had a mixture of both throughout my life purebreds and mixed breeds. But you know even with purebreds - even though they may physically look the same the temperaments can be vastly different - Reilly and Denny are total opposites

  5. My sisters and I are all purebreds and from good breeders. There is nothing wrong with a purebred if it fits your needs and comes from a good place. Mom loved her shelter dog who was a mutt just as much as she loves us, but right now shelter dogs aren't the right fit for us.

  6. OH Thank you fur Sharing THOSE who Came BEFORE... and your Daughter..

    WE are purebred Dachshunds... BUTT we LOVE Everybuddy... No matter who or WHAT there Pawrents are...
    Our mom always says... those Papers are fur Peeing on... not Bragging about... hehehhe

  7. Fabulous post and you know I love purebred dogs too, obviously!!!! This was so thorough and great! Wanted you to know, I gave your book to my Vet yesterday (Cody had to go in with an allergy flare-up)....he is excited to read it!!! Have a great day! (((hugs))))

  8. Oh, I didn't know that National; Purebred Dog Day was a thing. How cool. A quick look at my blog and you know how I feel about purebreds. Heck, I just spent 30 days writing about them! Your dogs are /were all beautiful. Loved the picture of the shepherds (surprise!).

    Kelley’s Dog Blog

  9. Gotta love the purebreds! And I absolutely love this post too!!!
    I hate when people bash others for buying purebreds rather than rescuing! All pups need love and homes!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  10. We loved Grady... We just didn't know why. Lmao!!

  11. Both mine are purebred... but I adore ALL dogs, of course!

  12. Happy Purebred Day. There's an amazing variety of breeds to fit it with almost any family. I love all the photographs of your dogs.

  13. I really enjoyed your post and photos of all the dogs. Any dog, purebred or not is great and all should be celebrated :) Pierre is also such a cutie!

  14. What beautiful dogs you've had! I love both purebreds and mutts, and there are good reasons for getting either. Tucker was so gorgeous, of course you know I'm biased since he reminds me of our Moses. As usual, I didn't know about this day or would have posted about it too!
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  15. Such sweet memories! Faraday's purebred, but of a different - uh - breed, MOL!

  16. Some of our Angel sisters are pure bred dogs. Mom and dad shifted to us all American dogs to avoid some of the medical issues that pure breeds are prone to.

  17. Jan has never had a purebreed and has never worried about it. Mutts make great - and interesting - pets.

  18. What a beautiful family! Me and Stanley are proud to be purebred Goldendoodles! OK, maybe not totally but you know what we mean!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  19. What beautiful purebred dogs you had, so you bred your shepherd? You know what I'm going through with Glory now. You didn't want to continue to breed?

  20. Wonderful and gorgeous dogss

  21. I love all dogs, regardless of size or breed! Our two current pups are Boxer/Chow Chow mixes, and while I wouldn't buy pure bred dogs from a breeder, I would most definitely consider getting a purebred beauty from a breed specific rescue. There's so many of them!
    I absolutely LOVE that you gave Jake a loving home for his retirement from his police work! I just wrote about combat K9s, and also found out about the great retirement & adoption programs that exist for them.

  22. My girl Phoebe is a mix of a few breeds, my Husky is a purebred Siberian Husky. My husband fell head over heels for the Husky breed & would have no other! I knew how challenging they could be; they have a mind of their own! I made sure my husband & I both knew what to expect by researching Huskies as thoroughly as possible. We love them both to bits! All dogs can be great, just do as much homework as you can so you are prepared for your new BFF.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them


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