In case you don’t know Will got Kate a new puppy for her birthday. While I don’t think that puppies or kittens should be birthday presents I also think that the decision was one that the entire family had a say in including Will’s grandmother the Queen. Basically I don’t think this was a hasty decision and I don’t think that people should blame them for getting a dog in a breed that has been Kate’s family favorite for a long time. I am sure that they will have all the help they need grooming the dog and caring for it when they have to be away on official business. I don’t see why they can’t add a dog to their family without people accusing them of starting a run on their breed of choice. Its not like someone paid them to take the dog out and about a few times so that people would see them with the dog and want one of their own. I know that people might see the puppy and want one and without thinking about the consequences go out and get one. But how is that Will and Kate’s fault? They didn’t get the puppy to publicize it they got a puppy because it was the right decision for them as a family.
When they decide to have a baby will they be blamed for the birth of babies around the world? People need to realize that puppies are living breathing beings and require specialized care not a fashion accessory to imitate and after a season get rid of. Let’s face it the Queen has had dogs since she was a little girl and so has her sister. Will had a dog when he was younger. Heck the royal family has always been dog lovers. Not because they want to start a trend but probably they give them time away to just be normal they don’t have to be on display and can have a bad day around the dogs or break down and cry or get upset. The dogs will just be there to love them and be their companion.
As for the state of Kansas there is currently a bill being considered that would name the Cairn Terrier – the same breed of dog that the original Toto was in The Wizard of Oz as the official state dog. First I think this is only a big deal because it is being associated with the movie and that naming the dog as the official state dog is more of a marketing decision to get people to visit the state to see Toto from the Wizard of Oz and has nothing to do with wanting anyone to get a dog or even really caring what kind of animal is it. As a dog lover I had no idea that there are currently 11 States that have an official state dog and 3 others including Kansas that are considering introducing a state dog. I guess I figured Boston has the Boston Terrier and thought that Georgia has the English Bulldog but apparently they would like the Golden Retriever as their official dog. Then there is Pennsylvania with the Great Dane or South Carolina with the Boykin Spaniel. Most people even living in the state have probably never even heard of the Boykin Spaniel. No one is passing a law that in order to live in the state you need to own a Cairn Terrier or offering a tax break to those who do. It is just something fun to say there is a state dog. In fact Kansas has laws on the books that allow them to prosecute anyone who is determined to be running a shoddy dog operation including puppy mills or breeders who do not properly care for their dogs can be prosecuted. Maybe by having a state dog even more will be done to ensure the proper care of dogs in their state.
There are groups trying to push for the law to be withdrawn from consideration because they say it will have a hugely detrimental effect on dogs in the state. They feel that puppy mills will just start producing an abundance of the breed and they will wind up in kill shelters dead. Not because of the state law or the introduction of a state dog that has been associated with the state since The Wizard of Oz was first seen on home television sets in full color but because there are people who don’t think and just go out and impulse shop. By dogs having a bit of celebrity status in the State maybe more will be done to deal with animal abuse and more attention paid to animal care education and possibly more funds from the state to help off set the cost of spay / neuter for low income families in the state.
What are your opinions on these two dog news stories? Do you think there could be something good that comes out of these two news stories or do you feel the consideration of the law should be thrown out?
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