It is funny how so many do not want to pay up front for the breeding and everything that goes into breeding a quality litter. But they will buy, buy, buy, buy, buy every foul stupid item under the sun that no dog needs, and probably shouldn't have. DNA, six or seven generation pedigrees, raincoats, and so much more.
I get pet supply catalogs for the business and I'm always astounded at the products I see... dresses for dogs, strollers for dogs, designer beds for dogs, and yes, even little caskets and urns for dogs.
It shouldn't really bother me, but I think about the starving children in third world countries, and the fact that the amount one person will spend on stupid stuff their dog doesn't need, could feed an entire village for a year.
Oh, and the factory workers in China putting in 100 hours a week making this stuff.
But aside from that... Truth be told, some of a dog's favorite things are not gourmet dog biscuits with frosting, designer clothes, or fancy handbags to be carried about in. A stick is just as good a toy as anything you could buy. Cat poop is the most delectable morsel they can imagine. Rather than designer doggie perfume, they prefer the alluring scent of rotting dead frogs. So it's pretty silly to think you have to spend a lot of money to keep your dog happy.
But then, I guess it was never about the DOG.
I wish people would invest in their dog, invest in training their dog, feed sensibly, vet care when needed, and treat the dog like a dog.
Hear hear. I really can't fault people for spending money on their dogs, but I do wish they'd spend more TIME with them, or invest their money in the important things like training, socializing, grooming, etc. Feeding good food, not "designer" food, vetting sensibly. So many times I hear people complain about how expensive dog training is, while their dog is wearing a designer leather collar... priorities, people!