Brandy, Val and I are so excited that the Westminster Dog Show starts today. It’s a great event for showcasing all types of dogs. If you are contemplating getting a done, the commentators do a great job talking about each breed’s personalities and “maintenance” levels, enabling the uninitiated dog person to better make a decision on a selecting one that would be a best fit for the family. Take note: all dogs aren’t alike!
As much as we enjoy the pomp and circumstance surrounding the Show, we are very disappointed with the AKC (American Kennel Club) decision to break its’ relationship with Pedigree on the grounds that their ads promoting adoption of shelter dogs, many of whom are mixed-breed, are not in line with the AKC’s mission of “celebrating” happy dogs especially of the pedigree variety. This is sad and misguided as we believe both worlds can and MUST co-exist at the show . At Brandy and Val, we have long been advocates of adopting shelter/rescue dogs and we have also noted on numerous occasions that almost every breed sports a rescue of its’ own for pedigree pooches who have also been abused, abandoned or given away. Pedigree’s campaign brought awareness to the crisis of animal abuse and abandonment in this country and helped raise funds to support adoption programs. Money and support is desperately needed to help these animals. A recent NEW YORKT TIMES article and graph on charitable giving showed that in 2010 ONLY 2% of donations went towards animal rights and environmental issues. (to see graph click on link in Multimedia area).
No living creature should be left to suffer. Helpless animals need all of our support of love, money or both. Brandy and Val are two real rescue dogs and it is through the sales of their books and toys that they help animal shelters and sanctuaries throughout the U.S. Visit BrandyandVal.com to learn more about us.