I was a foster home for a very aggressive dog rescue group for years... I loved it. At the time I was a student and didn't have the stability to commit to the whole life span of a dog. It enabled me to have dogs in my life, even if it was only on a temporary basis.
Today I have two "pure bred" dogs and two "designer dogs"
I don't see anything wrong with a person having whatever dogs they wish, so long as they are committed to the whole life of the dog. If people would honestly weigh their ability and stability to be able to commit to 10-15 years of care to each dog they own, including all expenses, then rescues would only have run aways. The problem isn't byb's. The problem is people taking on a commitment they're not ready for. Regardless if the dog is pedigreed or designer or junkyard mutt,,, if you don't commit to the time to train and/or have the financial resources to care for the dog, the odds are stacked against the dog to have a "forever home"
I think the public as a whole needs to be educated as to what is truly expected of a dog owner to be successful. The culture of "disposable" temporary dogs amongst certain folks needs to be phased out through education. If a person can't reasonably predict where they'll be in five to ten years, and predict that they'll have the time, space and money for a dog, they need to maturely pass on that cute puppy.
My baby boy: Yoschi vom Herzbach, winner of my heart
Sire: V1-Gildo vom Herzbach SchH3, IPO3, FH, KKL1"a"
Dam: V-Fenja vom Herzbach SchH3, FH, KKL1"a"
Last edited by Yoschi's_Pet_Human; 01-10-2013 at 10:36 AM.