posted on Aug, 7 2011 @ 11:05 AM
Hi, Star and Flag for you, excellent question. Heres my take and a bit of information.
We all know that pets over the last 10 to 15 years have become literally members of the family. Heck some people even buy health insurance for them,
and the pet product market is a huge percentage of peoples outlay of cash. That being said I wasnt raised that way.
I have cats and dogs. The cats are house pets simply for the joy of sharing your life with an animal, we dont have mice so they really dont have a job
unless you count the one that catches flies-shes a fly decimating machine.
The dogs on the other hand are a whole different story, I raise black german shepherd/Malinois security dogs. They have a job, and are bred and
trained to do that job. Thier job is to bark a warning, and bite intruders, and protect my family, and they do it very well. We raise these dogs to
be your personal body guard, to respond to your commands, and unlike a guard dog they have the training, and the good sense to attack without command
if they feel you are threatened.
Would I give up my dogs-no, they are a part of my arsenal, and make me some money (no I am not a puppy mill, we only breed for pups when we have
atleast 8 orders waiting, so that we dont have excess pups, and a spay/nueter clause is part of the contract, and we check to make sure its done if we
dont do it before the pups leave our property.)
As far as hunting to survive, my dogs hunt with me thats part of thier training. They are taught to bring down big game, like deer,and if asked,
bear, providing food for my family, and in turn themselves. In a sense my dogs are a tool, and a tool that I would not want to lose, they would help
me to survive. So no I wouldnt part with my dogs, but they are a tool, not just a pet. For others thats not the case
No as far as people getting rid of thier pets because they have no shelter, food etc. I have to ask where have you been? I my central US area every
other ad on craigslist to give away a pet notes that the current owner cant afford the animal, or are parting with it because they have to move. This
is already taking place in my area, already we are hunting packs of dumped dogs,and this will only get worse as time goes on. I deal in alot of farm
animals so I have been watching animal ads for several years, the instances of people getting rid of thier pets for financial reasons, or moving is
happening at the rate of about 10 times what it was a year ago.