I admit there are some dogs I’ve just not qualified to own.
I’m not going to try an ovtcharka of any sort. That’s just way outside my area of expertise.
Ditto on Fila Brasileiros.
I don’t think I would be a good fit for a pet coyote either.
Now, all of those are based upon what I know and what I know I don’t know.
My political views have little to do with it.
Now, the dog world is quite political– about the dogs.
And those politics are often amusing, and if they were ever to stop, I’d run out of material for this blog in very short time!
But I’ve noticed in recent years that the actual human political scene has worked its way into dogs.
Many dog breeders are radical libertarians or paleoconservative. Many dog rescuers are vegan leftists.
I’m actually neither, though I’d be closer to being called a “leftist” than a libertarian.
I left a well-known list on Yahoo! groups because all they did was Tea Party this and Tea Party that and conspiracy theory this and conspiracy theory that.
And no one ever talked about dogs.
But politics aside, most dog people don’t really care who you voted for.
At least I hope not.
It has come to my attention via a reader in the Blog Readers’ Group today that there is one kennel that is denying placing any puppy or adult dog with Obama voters.
This is Oak Hill Catahoulas in Townsend, Georgia. The owner of the kennel is Kyle Duncan.
Judging from what it says on the bottom of his website, he’s not a big fan of Obama. And if you voted for him, you aren’t getting a dog from him!
The page says:
If you voted for Obama, or you are a Registered Democrat I will not sell you a dog, You have proven that you can not take care of an animal, there are no food stamps or Obama care for animals!!! Please do not call or Email me, you are a loser!!!
Well, I did vote for Obama, even though even though almost no one in my state did, and I’ve been a registered Democrat as soon as I was old enough to register to vote.
I think this fellow is also operating under the assumption that the only person who would want a Catahoula, which are very good hunting dogs, would be conservative hunter types.
But not all American hunters are conservative, just as not all white Southerners are.
I can see the idea that you only sell to working homes as a tradition that exists in so many breeds, but why cast the net so small that it gets only the conservatives?
We live in a strange country. And at a very strange time.
Even the effing dogs are caught up in the spectacle.
It’s a shame.
A damn shame.