Originally Posted by Skywalkers Mom
I was on another site for GSD owners. They seemed so snotty. Someone recomended this one. It doesnt seem alot better. Too many are willing to do horrible things to their dogs so they will look "perfect". Look in the mirror and realize your not.
Propping a dog's ears for a week or so is "horrible" ??
Actually, a dog with ears standing upright eliminates so many ear problems down the road. I wonder if you have ever owned a dog which has had ear infections but perhaps that is a better thing to subject your dog to, rather than a week of propping the ears up...read your post and please explain what part of it is not completely judgmental as well as "snotty".
I also will challenge you with a few thoughts...a GSD's ears are meant to be erect...and not for the simple reason of aesthetics. Watch the movement of a GSD's ears and how it uses the ears as one of it's keen senses...a downed ear reduces a dog's sense of hearing to a degree...so using the same standard...do you think it is "horrible" to put braces on a child's teeth ??? Do we solely do this for the child's aesthetic value or do we do this to prevent future dental problems? I could come up with many an example if this one doesn't suffice.
However, where I do agree with you wholeheartedly, if in fact this is your point...if a particular breed of dog, whose ears are meant to be erect, end up not being as such....does that take away from the essence of the dog and how we care and love for it? If a person answers "yes", then I agree with your premise....if a person answers "no" then I think you are barking up the wrong tree...pun intended.
I really am curious and would hope you might reply...are aesthetics important to many dog owners??...of course but at the end of the day a dog is no less loved for it's superficial faults.
You paint with a broad brush suggesting this forum is "snotty". Owners just take pride in their dog companions just as a parent would in their children...I think you have, for some reason, an axe to grind regarding the vanity humans exhibit. I am long since past that "wrestling match" and just sit back and get a chuckle out of it at times.