Where did you get your first dog?
I am a part of another forum that is currently harassing someone for getting their first GSD from a BYB. I know that this is the case for many people who don't know what to look for in a reputable breeder, and I was wondering how many people actually knew better at the time that they got their first dog.
I got the majority of my childhood dogs from the local humane society. But I'll be honest, my first PB dog was my Beagle, Freckles, and I think I was about 12 when I picked her out of a BYB's litter. I clearly didn't know any better at that age, and neither did my mother. I bought Freckles with my own money, and she has turned out to be an absolutely fantastic dog.
So how many of us made that mistake the first time? I would never think to bash someone for making that decision, but I would instead, educate the person for the future. I think there are a lot of people out there who are ashamed once they realize that their dog is from a BYB, and don't speak up about it. But the truth is, as long as you have learned from your mistake and you love your dog, what's done is done.
I truly hate when someone is criticized about "supporting" a BYB when they got their first dog, before they were properly educated about what a good breeder really is. It's our job as breed ambassadors to properly educate others about what to look for in a good breeder.
I'm just curious to know if it's happened to as many people as I thought. SOOOO...where was your first dog from?
Feuergarten German Shepherds
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