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Old 03-23-2012, 03:51 PM   #1
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Default Too precious to take out for walks.

Well apparently she is, what do you think?

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‘She’s far too precious to take out for walks,’ explains Margaret, a 59-year-old retired social worker. ‘That’s not to say she is kept indoors all the time — she has to be kept fit and healthy. She can run around in the back garden for exercise.’
Crufts' biggest diva eats sirloin steak, has twice-weekly blow-drys and pedicures... and is FAR too posh for walkies | Mail Online
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I read the entire article. I am speechless. Now that is a first, mind you. I don't want to offend anyone who shows their dogs, so I'll just say give me a smelly, dirty mutt that can romp around in by back yard (garden) with me, anyday. I will take that sirloin steak, though.

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What a snob! Sorry yes it might have excersise in the back garden which may be large compared to say most peoples gardens! The dog needs to mix with other dogs and enjoy new smells on different walks and generaly be a dog!! I will have the steak for me and share a little with my Nip
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Dee I too was wondering when that doggy ever got to be a real doggy. Well I guess real royalty like in England (no offense anyone ) rarely get to act like real people either!
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Ugh, if people want to show their dogs that's fine, but let them be dogs too.
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I just think that the winner of a dog show should be a dog...I mean I know this isn't a working breed, but there are breeders who own dual purpose dogs, there are dogs who show at this level, and they are still dogs, but the winner turned out to be one who may live a life of luxery, but fails to have the basic 'luxeries' of most dogs, and I think seven is too old for a first litter. I also don't think that it sends out a good message, I mean show dogs are meant to be a cut above other dogs, their meant to have good breeding, and be in great condition, what is it saying when a dog who only seems to leave the home to go to dog shows is in such great condition that its able to win the most famous dog show in the uk? I mean crufts have been great this year, stopping five breeds from gaining CC's because they fail health tests, but I don't think it can be healthy for a dog to miss out on everyday mental and phyiscal stimulation, for no other reason then her coat may get a bit dirty. I also find it disturbing that when talking about the risk of her getting hurt if left out of the crate, the owner seems more concerned about the risk to her show career, over her welfare.
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Chaz, well said. Exactly what I was thinking, but didn't want to say. I mean, putting a dog through 4 hours of grooming? Can you just imagine the cost every year for this dog? Probably more than the average person makes. To each his own I suppose. I'm with Bigboy... throw me the steak and I'll gladly share it with my dogs.

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Might the owner have been happier with a Barbie hair styling head toy rather than a living breathing pooch? Sure show dogs and cats are something special, but they're still dogs and cats and should be allowed to be such...maybe this lady has like unresolved codependency issues...living through that poor creature...jeez
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That's very sad to read. Poor dog! The owner had better be darned good and nervous when she breeds that tiny seven year old dog for the first time.

As far as actual monetary value goes, the dog isn't worth any more than any other dog. Not unless someone had more money than they knew what to with, and was willing to pay a huge amount just for bragging rights. Even if she magically managed to produce 10 litters they couldn't recoup even one tenth of what they put into her during her show career.

For anyone that might be wondering if all show dogs are treated like that; this is extremely over the top, even for a long coated toy dog!
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That's very sad to read. Poor dog! The owner had better be darned good and nervous when she breeds that tiny seven year old dog for the first time.

As far as actual monetary value goes, the dog isn't worth any more than any other dog. Not unless someone had more money than they knew what to with, and was willing to pay a huge amount just for bragging rights. Even if she magically managed to produce 10 litters they couldn't recoup even one tenth of what they put into her during her show career.

For anyone that might be wondering if all show dogs are treated like that; this is extremely over the top, even for a long coated toy dog!
I used to own a cattery back in the 70's. I had great show cats. Some were Grand Champions.... one day, with time permitting, I will share with the forum what it was like at the top... I am sure some of you will not be surprised...

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