Part One in Whose to Blame When a Dog Ends Up In a Shelter?
Join us as we take a look at why playing the blame game where there is a run on a certain breed of dog is singling out the wrong people.
Julianna Hough with her two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
While the paparazzi are in dog heaven taking picture after picture of the fluffy little puppy being paraded around town by their celebrity of the day critics and shelters go crazy. Yes fans of the celebrities go out and instead of buying the newest outfit or the new purse they just saw their favorite celebrity wearing they buy the new puppy. We all know stars like Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears and Paris Hilton carry around little dog everywhere. In fact Paris Hilton has a mansion overrun with dogs she picks up on her travels. A-list celebs have enough money coming in that even if they might not be the best pet parents possible they have a staff off people who can make sure the dog is walked and fed and taken to the vet for proper care and lets face it the celebrities do seem to love their new dog and enjoy its company. Why then are they blamed when other people look at their new pets as a fashion accessory and have to go out and buy one too? Is it because these people who go and and get one as a fashion accessory can’t really afford to spend the time, energy, or money on their new pet and think its the same as buying a stuffed animal? Is it because unscrupulous people see the new trend and breed the breed of the day in order to make lots and lots of money? The celebrities never told anyone to go out and buy a puppy and they certainly aren’t breeding them for sale themselves.
Whether or not it is the celebrities fault for walking around with the cute little dogs and taking them with them everywhere they go they are blamed when others without thinking go out and get the same type of dog just to be cool like the celebrities. As if owning the same kind of dog as a celebrity makes you something other then you were before the purchase. The celebrities have now been criticized so much and so often that they are leaving their companions home or hiding them on the road when they do bring them so there aren’t as many pictures of cute little dogs circulating. The result is that those people who bought their new dogs as a fashion statement because they wanted to be like their favorite celebrity no longer see the celeb and dog together and are dumping them out with the bath water. If we didn’t think it was bad enough having entire California Shelters overrun with Chihuahua’s now all the small toy dogs are winding up in shelters across the country. Its the dogs who are suffering once again because their owners who bought them as a fashion statement no longer see their favorite celebrity running around town with their dogs and so they think dogs are no longer cool to own realize they cost money to feed and keep healthy and take a lot of time to care for.
Is it now the celebrities fault for leaving their dogs home due to all the pressure from critics in the first place that is filling up shelters with toy breed dogs under 2 years old?