... it's driving me absolutely up the wall lately!
I don't even have a poodle yet, but I don't get why anyone would go to a breeder and spend thousands of dollars for a mutt. Here in SoCal, it's the latest "in" thing, and everywhere I go I keep hearing multiple times a day about someone either buying the latest doodle mix, or how "adorable," "hypoallergenic" and "smart" they are.
My best friend bought a cockapoo from a "breeder" over a year ago, and when she first told me about it back then, I kept encouraging her to check out the shelters/rescue organizations if she wants a poodle mix. She just stopped talking to me about it and showed up at my place with her cockapoo a couple of weeks later.
That dog's had every behavioral issue in the book since the very beginning, and she's constantly asking me for guidance. It's anxious, aggressive, shy, possessive of its toys and food, bites (yes BITES) other dogs (including mine on multiple occasions)... still pees in her house over a year later -- this is after she's worked with behaviorists and taken it to puppy classes, she's really tried to correct these issues.
Now here's what inspired me to even start this thread -- I needed to vent because I'm fuming right now, after she just emailed me this:
"OMG I am getting a miniture goldendoodle!!! Here is the site they will have them soon!!! Super excited!!!! :-D http://prairiegoldendoodles.tripod.com/miniature-goldendoodles.html"
Really?!? Come on, I don't even know how to respond to that!
I feel angry for so many reasons, not the least of which is the fact that these horrible "breeders" with horrific practices are being supported by people like her!! I mean, they're actually willing to sell ANY of their dogs for breeding purposes, too... this is pure insanity!!
And how do I even deal with this friend?! She's a great girl and we've known each other for a good decade now, but I just don't even know how to talk to her anymore. Just so upsetting!!