I recently ran into a woman who thought she was the be all and end all of dogs. She proceeded to tell me that the CKC was a crock of s**t and that I was an idiot for paying for registered dogs. She went on to tell me that she breeds Bloodhounds and none of them are registered (BYB anyone?). When I asked if she tested for genetic defects she stated that she didn't have to because she's never had a sick animal and she breeds from a superior line. When I asked her if she had ever heard of the APA (Animal Pedigree Act in Canada) she looked at me like I had two heads. When I explained that under the APA it's illegal to sell any animal claimed purebred without registration papers within 6 months of the sale and/or to charge extra for papers, and she could be fined up to $50,000, she told me I was lying. When I told her about our city bylaws requiring that all pets were to be licensed with a maximum of 2 dogs per household unless she was a registered breeder or had an agricultural license, and that technically her animals could be seized (although unlikely unless they were in terrible condition) she again thought I was lying to her.
She then proceeded to attack me for my purchase of my Russian Bolonka, saying that I was an idiot(again) for paying that much money for him when "Russian Bolonka" was a fancy word for mutt. When I explained to her that my dog is registered with the North American Tsvetnaya Bolonka Club as the breed is only recognised in variations in Europe and not recognised by the AKC or CKC she clearly thought I was the one that was full of it. Needless to say, all of this made for a very awkward dinner party LOL!
I was just wondering, has anyone else come across one of these types? I've never met someone so ignorant and just the thought of her is still irking me!
Also I was wondering if America has something like the Animal Pedigree Act? I think it's a great thing for every potential puppy purchaser in Canada to be aware of.
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Answer by More Bored Collie
I've actually never heard of the APA and I am in Canada as well….
Not something I really *needed* to know like that woman, but interesting nonetheless.
I guess the so called "breeder" of my beagle could get charged with that.
I've come across similar people. But more to do with selling mutts…erm…I mean super rare and expensive "Designer Hybrids"
About how AKC is a crap registry and how "Designer Hybrids" are SO much healthier than purebreds and blah blah blah blah.
Add: Shows how awake I am, I completely missed the whole "dinner party" part. If I were in that situation I'd bite my tongue (which believe me, it's a difficult thing to do). This woman clearly wasn't willing to listen to reason and I personally don't see a dinner party as a place to hold such heated conversation.
Oh YOUR dinner party? Well then, yeah every right to lash back at her. I wouldn't tolerate anyone saying that in MY house.
Answer by MamaBas
Under the circumstances, at a social evening, I think I'd have had to smile sweetly, and turn to somebody else, rather than get into it. She obviously has her own views and is too blinkered to take on board anything other than her own views
A pitying smile goes a lot further, with this sort of bigoted individual, than trying to remonstrate with them I'm afraid.
Perhaps, in the cold light of day, she'll make some enquiries about what you said was the law, and find out it is!! At least you'll have done something, but don't hold your breath that she'll not just carry on the way she has up to now. She'll get hers' one way or the other. These people usually do. And yes, I have come across this sort before!!
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