Yes, I leave her to go on runs. But she welcomes me back with a waggin' tongue for my sweaty, stinky legs. And I only have to shower from the knees up. We're cohesive as a unit, minus the giant stink eye she gives when it's bath time. Or as we call it, the Battan Bath Match.
But I'm out this afternoon, doing a walk when I get asked...
Person: "Yo, is that a female?"
Person: "That's an English bulldog, right?"
Me: "Yes, she's our rescue."
Person: "You know you can make a lotta money breedin' those."
Me: "Yes, I know."
Person: "Like $1,200 a dog."
Me: "I know."
Person: "So why don't you breed her?"
[Deer in headlights.]
I had nothing. Obviously calling me out with "Yo!" categorized this person with not the highest level of education. Most people who live around our neighborhood love that she's a rescue, even though her behavior around other dogs is in training (Barkfest, U.S.A.), and admire us for our efforts.
Me: "It's just not for us."
But this guy...it boggled his mind that I didn't want to use an animal to benefit my bank account. I think he had the same effect...crickets when he looked at me. Yes, everyone is entitled to their opinion. I just found his repulsive, and he probably thought that I was a fool. I am...for Costco-sold vodka over ice, with diet tonic, and a lemon wedge.
But I guess I didn't have a pre-planned nice way of saying, "Listen assclown, do you know why there are so many bulldogs dumped onto rescue groups? They're costly as a mutha-trucker. They're a pain in the ass to maintain. They can have behavior or aggression issues (hello!). And most butt puppets don't realize this when they buy it. So instead of contributing to the rollover effect in that puppies are sold and abandoned to shelters, I'll keep her legs closed and let her enjoy life."
Bulldogs are the #1 most-expensive dog to maintain. You can have a perfectly cheap Bulldog with only routine annual shots, or they could have a multitude of issues requiring frequent vet trips, surgeries, medication, and therapy. And those costs don't include owner therapy of alcohol, mixers, and garnishes. This is one reason why we went rescue. Puppies don't come with warnings for their future issues...although Miss Sweet Pea is one of those lucky dogs with aggression issues. Too bad she's not aggressive to morons who ask questions about pumping Bulldog sperm into her uterus. That would have be awesome.
I feel that any soapbox measure would have gone in one ear and out the other. I wish I wouldn't have froze like that...but when's the last time I had to stand for my rescue? If I'm accosted about plastic bag use, you better believe I will fire and brimstone your ass to death about photo-composition. But here...I froze.
Well I guess I'll take that frozen brain and put it to good use. Margaritas, anyone?