I never realised adoption was such a grey term.
I thought it meant you took something/someone when it was unwanted.
But browsing around the dogblog world, as you do when you have a dog with a blog, I have become increasingly puzzled by the use of the word ‘adopted’.
There seem to be an awful lot of dogs out there whose birthdays are known, who go to live in their ‘furever’ home with their new mummy and daddy, six or eight weeks after they are born, and live happily ever after.
That doesn’t sound to me like ‘adoption,’ it sounds like mummy and daddy have bought a dog.
I accept that you can get pups from rescue centres. Our first (rescue) dog was a pup although I certainly can’t remember his birthday. The second one was somewhat older, and we may have been given his birthday because the previous owners had handed him in. They’d had a baby, and although he was good with children – they’d still got rid of him. Yeah. That rings true doesn’t it? (He never did like children.)
My small gripe is, that if you have bought a pedigree dog and forked out hundreds, or maybe thousands, of notes for it, you should say so. I may not agree with your decision to buy a dog when there are so many on death row needing homes, but I am sure you have good reasons (no sarcasm intended).
Surely you should be able to stand up for whatever principles you have and not mind saying that you have bought a dog? And at least I will know not to offend you with one of my occasional rants about people who buy a
designer life pedigree dog.
Because there are no two ways about saying ‘I am a rescue dog,’ ‘I was rescued,’ etc etc etc., that is pretty clear. ‘I was unwanted, kicked out and then someone rescued me’. Adopted sounds so …. vague. Especially when it doesn’t say where the adoption was from.
So there we go. A plea to all dogbloggers. Either say ‘I was extremely expensive and come from an amazing pedigree stock,’ or ‘I am a total cross-breed that no-one wanted, and I was so pleased to find a home in the end.’
Not difficult is it? But none of this ‘I was adopted’ fudge.
Thank you. Have a good weekend. Especially if you are a rescue dog.