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Morality of buying expensive things
« on: February 27, 2021, 03:48:18 PM »
Is it considered a sin to spend a lot of money on a certain breed of animal that you think would be the best pet for a family? For example, we would like a puppy for our kids but the shelters mostly have pitbull and mixes which aren’t good family pets and we think the best option is just to buy from a reputable breeder but that costs quite a lot of money.
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Re: Morality of buying expensive things
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2021, 04:31:15 PM »
I think that if it is within your means, than by all means go for the dog. I believe the sin would be if you couldn't afford it but went into debt to get it, when there are more obvious needs for your family. Keep in mind, this is coming from young single guy who has no family responsibility.
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Re: Morality of buying expensive things
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2021, 04:38:51 PM »
I think that if it is within your means, than by all means go for the dog. I believe the sin would be if you couldn't afford it but went into debt to get it, when there are more obvious needs for your family.

This.

We bought a German Shepherd from a breeder, and paid more than the local shelter would have cost. In return, we have exactly the type of dog suited for our family, all the positive characteristics that we were after for our young family. Six years later, I have no regrets, as it was within our means to do so.
 
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Re: Morality of buying expensive things
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2021, 06:49:46 PM »
I would give the pitties a look. We have one and he is the softest, snuggliest, gooeyist ham lover dog we've ever had. Our German Shepherd is a sweetie, but has taken a testy turn lately towards Kipper the Pit Bull. We also have a chihuahua mix. It and the pit play hilariously together.
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Re: Morality of buying expensive things
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2021, 07:07:58 PM »
I’m sure they can be sweet, we just want something around 10 pounds or so and no yippie Chihuahuas lol. I’m pretty dead set against getting any large breed at a shelter when I don’t know the background or history
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Re: Morality of buying expensive things
« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2021, 08:03:15 PM »
I’m sure they can be sweet, we just want something around 10 pounds or so and no yippie Chihuahuas lol. I’m pretty dead set against getting any large breed at a shelter when I don’t know the background or history

I think all small dogs like that are yippie. You should get a Rottweiler.
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Re: Morality of buying expensive things
« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2021, 10:07:40 PM »
I’m sure they can be sweet, we just want something around 10 pounds or so and no yippie Chihuahuas lol. I’m pretty dead set against getting any large breed at a shelter when I don’t know the background or history
I inherited a Chihuahua several years old.  You can't imagine how stressful it is to walk him.  He doesn't yip, he screams and rages at every person, and any living thing he sees.  He hates everything outside so bad his eyes bulge out and he sounds like he might vomit with rage. Yippy, if only.
 

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Re: Morality of buying expensive things
« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2021, 10:30:46 PM »
Dachshunds aren’t yippy. 
 
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Re: Morality of buying expensive things
« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2021, 02:00:02 AM »
Whatever you do, don't get a dog with pit bull ancestry. Despite being a small percentage of the population, pit bulls are responsible for a majority of fatal dog maulings. Frankly, the breed ought to be genocided out of existence. I envision a doggie DNA test as a prerequisite for pet licensing or services at a veterinarian. If genetic markers indicate pit bull, the dog must be immediately seized and destroyed. Has anyone ever noticed the type of people who own pit bulls? They are usually hoodlum or trailer park types. Or white women who have a savior complex.

Dachshunds aren’t yippy. 

But they are nippy. Not exactly family dogs.
 
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Re: Morality of buying expensive things
« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2021, 02:21:22 AM »
I know of people here in SW England who have spent 8000 dollars treating a dog or cat for cancer.

When vets' bills exceed the price of feeding a village in the third world then,vin my view, that is immoral.

For lonely single people 4 figures per year on pets is perhaps justifiable.  Pets are good company and good for mental health. But in a family with lots of children an expensive pet is a luxury.  I think you need to cap the costs, like you would with wine drinking or the cars you drive or what you spend on gambling.

Fatima children said avoid luxury.

So 500 on a dog, reasonable.  4000 dollars on a pedigree breed?  That is excessive
 

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Re: Morality of buying expensive things
« Reply #10 on: February 28, 2021, 02:57:31 AM »
Whatever you do, don't get a dog with pit bull ancestry. Despite being a small percentage of the population, pit bulls are responsible for a majority of fatal dog maulings. Frankly, the breed ought to be genocided out of existence. I envision a doggie DNA test as a prerequisite for pet licensing or services at a veterinarian. If genetic markers indicate pit bull, the dog must be immediately seized and destroyed. Has anyone ever noticed the type of people who own pit bulls? They are usually hoodlum or trailer park types. Or white women who have a savior complex.

Dachshunds aren’t yippy. 

But they are nippy. Not exactly family dogs.



For once I agree with you and cannot conceive how anyone with more than one brain cell thinks 'I'll get a pitbull' or anything with a hint of pitbull.  I just wish for once it would be the owner who gets attacked and not the neighbours kid.
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Re: Morality of buying expensive things
« Reply #11 on: February 28, 2021, 06:04:08 AM »
Have you owned a dog before? Are you comfortable around dogs?

If you are inexperienced, the best thing about getting a purebred is that you can choose a dog with good traits that you can easily manage. An inexperienced person should not get a malamute or some other type of strong personality. Corgis are wonderful. Golden Retrievers are wonderful. They love to please their humans. If you go to a shelter, you might get lucky (or you might not).


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Re: Morality of buying expensive things
« Reply #12 on: February 28, 2021, 01:18:55 PM »
Whatever you do, don't get a dog with pit bull ancestry. Despite being a small percentage of the population, pit bulls are responsible for a majority of fatal dog maulings. Frankly, the breed ought to be genocided out of existence. I envision a doggie DNA test as a prerequisite for pet licensing or services at a veterinarian. If genetic markers indicate pit bull, the dog must be immediately seized and destroyed. Has anyone ever noticed the type of people who own pit bulls? They are usually hoodlum or trailer park types. Or white women who have a savior complex.

Dachshunds aren’t yippy. 

But they are nippy. Not exactly family dogs.

What is your experience with pit bulls, Gift(de)? I mentioned I had one. He's about 8 months and 65 pounds of pure muscled cuddle. My middle daughter was a vet tech and reports that pits are the most agreeable and satisfying breed to work with. Do you have these experiences?
OK, so, in full disclosure, Kipper does play rough, but, whatever. A few missing chunks of flesh and machete like scars on my cue ball head add to my already krusty demeanour.

Dackels, on the other hand, are indeed nippy and cantankerous beasts. Schreckliche Hundrasse.
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Re: Morality of buying expensive things
« Reply #13 on: February 28, 2021, 01:43:46 PM »
I’ve also heard pit bulls have great personalities.   Every pit bull I dared to pet was like a happy little child.  Smiling ear to ear slobbering.  Amusing dogs.   I suppose the one’s who attack were beaten by their wife beater owners who thought owning a pit bull made them more manly because the breed looks tough.  That’s my theory.

And dachshunds aren’t nippy, at least mine of ten years has never been nippy.   They do get nervous at first around strangers.  But they’re also great dogs.

When Peanut goes to dog heaven I’m getting either a golden retriever or a german shepherd.  Every man needs a dog.
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Re: Morality of buying expensive things
« Reply #14 on: February 28, 2021, 03:27:14 PM »
I’m sure they can be sweet, we just want something around 10 pounds or so and no yippie Chihuahuas lol. I’m pretty dead set against getting any large breed at a shelter when I don’t know the background or history
I inherited a Chihuahua several years old.  You can't imagine how stressful it is to walk him.  He doesn't yip, he screams and rages at every person, and any living thing he sees.  He hates everything outside so bad his eyes bulge out and he sounds like he might vomit with rage. Yippy, if only.

 :rofl:  Sorry for laughing.  I think chihuahuas are related to chupacabras, aren't they Elizabeth?

TandJ black labs and border collies are two of the most smartest dog breeds.  They both have nice personalities too.  And good around kids.  You might get lucky and find a lab cross or a border collie cross at the pound.  Sometimes mixed breeds can be even more intelligent.
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