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Congrats on your new family member! I have taken quite a bit of grief over the years because I rescue dogs. Ppl...including family, can get snarky. Especially when I rescued an abused Akita.
My response has always been...."This is the dog God sent to me"
That tends to shut them up

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You are lucky you can delete the e-mails you can hang up the phone and you can walk away from those that are doubting you. I had this trouble with myself. I am a die hard rescue person but I wanted a dog that I could compete in hunt with. Yes I could have went with a spayed/neuterd rescue but I wanted to buy a dog from a breeder that produced what I was looking for. My mind said one things my heart said another. I debated with myself for along time. I wondered what my mom would have thought of me doing this she did rescue her whole life. Oh man I still wonder if she would be happy for me. I still wonder if I did the right thing.
So if you are happy that is all that matters.
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Originally Posted by Beanie View Post
You know to be truely fair many of my friends are very happy for me. There are just always a select few that just always think they know better. It just irritates me I guess. I struggle to know the right comeback remark....any good ones out there I can use? :-)
Thank them nicely. And let it go.

No need for comebacks.

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Megora - you are right and that is what I will do. But in your mind sometimes you just want that comeback so at least you can say it to yourself. LOL

General V - if you did the right thing and made sure your pup came from a reputable place then I'm sure your Mom is happy. I too wrestled with getting a rescue last time as my dogs before were all rescues. But after many health issues with my rescue Golden I wanted one that I knew had a good background to start him off. Besides in my part of the country Goldens last about 60 seconds at a rescue as I did try!


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I must say I have to agree with the posters...if you are happy that's what matters. Congrats on your puppy...may you enjoy many many many years of good health and happy times with the little bugger....
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Originally Posted by hvgoldens4 View Post
A dog is the only family member that you truly get to chose. If you are happy with your choice, that is all that matters!!

I agree - I pick what I like. You pick what you like and I dont complain and it will be a life committment to my own golden
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Originally Posted by Bentleysmom View Post
"This is the dog God sent to me"
Perfect! And so very true!

OP there are know it alls everywhere. Just shrug it off ! I do!

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You need to do what is right for you. I come from a long, long line of rescues - usually GSD dogs or crosses. You know when a dog dies, you go to the local shelter or pound and offer a new dog a home.

Then I went to goldens. First from pet stores, then from breeders and 2 of my current goldens were returned to their breeder (Towhee & Brady). Are they rescues? Are they rehomes? In the end, it doesn't matter. They are the dogs in my life and they are the dogs choosen for me by a power who really doesn't make mistakes and they are dogs that I love.

I really get tired of people who say 'Have you considered rescue?' or in other ways trying to inject their values into my life. You have chosen your dog (or your dog has been chosen for you) and you will do your very best for that dog

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When picking out a puppy, it is a lot like picking out a wife/husband. Everybody sees something different and special in the person or puppy they have chosen. As long as you are happy, that is all that matters.

I do know when I brought Brady home, I did go through a long bout of guilt that I did not rescue. I was almost embarrassed to bring him out in public because he was so beautiful and perfect.

I have rescued in the past and even after Brady, but I have also bought from breeders. I realize now that every situation is different, and rescuing isn't always the right choice for every situation.

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The only time I feel somewhat embarrassed is when people look at Bertie and then ask me how much I spent for him.

Considering Bertie was a show pick puppy, has full registration, and has a stacked pedigree (every single dog behind him is a champion)... it's a miracle that he was only $1200. The first time I was talking on the phone with the breeder I was tensing up as she was talking up the litter. To put this in context, Jacks breeder was offering $1300 puppies for "pet bred" puppies and I'd been seriously dwelling on going back to the same breeder since Jacks was so easy to raise...

But when you talk to people who have never spent more than $200, if that, on a dog, it can be very uncomfortable or difficult explaining why you spent that much on a dog.

This when you'd never be expected to explain why you spent nearly $3000 on a computer gaming system. Or something useless and stupid like that.

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