On a less lighter note, I was very disappointed with CTV's Live at 5 yesterday. The media is pretty influential; can, and in my opinion does, manipulate popular opinions and actions. You'd think they'd feel somewhat of a responsibility to report stuff that helps their viewers, and sometimes they do, but not yesterday when they profiled Pets Unlimited in Sidney and all the wonderful exotic pets people can buy there before Christmas.
Very, very disappointing that CTV hasn't clued in yet that getting a pet - any pet - as a Christmas gift is not a good idea, especially from a place - any place - that mass produces and mass sells living beings; a place that is 100% commerce driven and doesn't give a rat's tail what they sell and to whom.
Animal welfare might not be on CTV's agenda, but the thing is that an animal acquired on a whim and without diligent investigation where it came from and how it was cared for, causes heartache for people as well, when the gullible new pet owners realize after the holidays that they might have gotten more than they can handle and have to tell their kids that the lizard, bunny, puppy or kitten has to go.
My wish for 2010? Get on the bandwagon and help spread the word:
Get a pet only from a dedicated and caring breeder, or adopt a pet from a humane society or rescue group!
I am a dog behavior consultant and published writer with more than 15 years experience, and since 2007, almost exclusively focus on private, in-home consultation.
My mission is to mainstream pain and force free handling, training, and dealing with behavioral problems, because almost all problem behaviors are rooted in pressure, fear and anxieties that are created or perpetuated by people.
It is the ethical thing to do, and it is effective. When the dog feels better, s/he will behave better.
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