With so many mills and back yard breeders about and so much media coverage on the problems experienced by poorly bred dogs many people erroneously believe that all breeders are disreputable. This is simply not true, so many people really breed for the love of dogs and cats and invest countless hours and thousands of dollars in the care of their animals. The breeders and breed representatives I have spoken with at Meet The Breeds are nearly all involved in rescue and are willing to do almost anything to help a dog or cat in need. Good breeders are a wonderful source for owners and I have gotten great advice on my dog's health from reputable breeders over the years. I have had breeders suggest reason's for potential ailments that never occurred to my vet, yet when my vet looked into the ailment, the breeders where correct. The years of experience they have with their chosen breeds makes their knowledge of indispensable value. With Bob and Weasley I know I can call their breeder's any time I need advice on a health or temperament issue. If everyone got their pet's from breeders like those who attend Meet The Breeds then pet and owner matches would be better for all concerned and very few dogs would wind up in shelters.
Here are some pictures from this year's event (warning prepare for photo overload and it was difficult to get good shots with the crowds).
|The tables all had great breed information like this time line display at the Boston Terrier table. I loved reading all of the information since this is a breed I want to own someday.|
|We met this sweet little smooth Brussels Griffon girl at last year's event she made us think fondly of our late Dr. Zira|
|The English Toy Spaniels are some of my favorites and not regularly seen. I think they may be one of the most ideal, and overlooked, apartment dogs.|
|I had to visit the pug table of course. I signed up to be on the Pug Club's mailing list.|
|This beautiful Irish Wolf Hound was so friendly. The breed representative had 14! Wolf Hounds.|
My favorite display of all belonged to the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel group. I love how sweet and affectionate these guys are and there were three beautiful dogs there and they had them on a display that looked like a bed to highlight the breed's cuddly lap dog temperament.
We had such a terrific time. I can't wait to attend next year and if you can get to the New York area I strongly recommend that all dog and cat lovers check out this great yearly event.