and there's def a breeder clique here. and...
lol let me shut up while I'm ahead)))))
Well, I hope this is not true. If it is, I can honestly say what a shame that may be. To be honest, after some of the threads I've read and some of the ways breeders responded, it totally turned me off. As mentioned, I am a marketing/sales manager for a large industrial hydraulic supplier. We deal with many accounts, some of them large OEM's, some of them are just small one man show repair centers. Regardless, they are all current/potential customers. I do not treat the small shop any different than the OEM (well besides pricing maybe lol). Now, I know this isn't the greatest comparison because in no way am I saying that every person here is a sales person. But what I will say is this: I don't care if you have the best dog with the best lines with the most titles in the whole wide world. If you are a jerk, I will go elsewhere. Also, word of mouth is a powerful force. If you are difficult to deal with, overly opinionated, or consider yourself superior, good luck in life. That might work for a while, but it always fails at some point. I, on the other hand, would like to establish relationships not just with pet owners, but with all types of people. Why limit yourself to only one certain type of person? I feel that being close minded in this way only allows you to see through the scope you have constructed, not the one that actually exists. I think we all have things to learn from one another. I work in a business where everyone thinks they should be the final authority on everything. If I had a dollar everytime I heard the phrase, "Well, I've been doing this for (insert your supposed years here)", I would be a millionaire 3 times over. But going off topic here, the fact is I think that having connections with people in different aspects of pet ownership is amazing. It gives you an insight on the diversity of any breed, and allows for great discussions. Hopefully I'll see a shin dig that's for everyone whether you are sport, pet owner, or breeder!