Get a Grip, 1913
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.... According to Embrace, pet insurance for purebred Scottish Deerhounds costs more than for mixed-breed dogs. That’s because Scottish Deerhounds are much more likely than mixed-breed dogs to have hereditary conditions that are expensive to treat. For instance, a dog like Hickory has a high incidence of bone cancer, usually found in one of the legs. Veterinary expenses for bone cancer treatment, including leg amputation and chemotherapy, can exceed $8,000.
Absolutely nothing to do with me. Wonder who, though? Patrick, they've used your "Darwin's Nightmare" image.
They lifted the Darwin's Nightmare bit AND the picture of Nick Griffin wearing a rosette, AND the picture of the blonds with the Afghans.
My only complaint is that they missed actually getting in the real history of dogs and the Nazis and Leon F. Whitney.
If anyone asks, I would be glad to give an interview ;-) Might as well REALLY piss the KC off, as I know the history and it's not quite as pure as driven snow is it?
No, the KC did not make the Nazis (or vice versa), but it's the same roots to rotten thinking... and the same solutions in the end -- sterilization, gas chambers, and not a drop of foreign blood!
Today, most of the world has renounced the idea that people are better or worse based on skin color.
No thinking person salutes sterilization or infanticide as a way to improve the human race, nor do they honor the notion that we should have centralized control of breeding in order to achieve racial purity.
"Fitter family" contests have gone the way of the buggy whip. The "one drop of foreign blood" test of racial identity has faded into obscurity.
Even on our farms cattle, chickens and sheep are more likely to be hybrids than not.
Everywhere, except in the world of dogs.
In the world of dogs, The Kennel Club and the AKC still hold "breed purity" as the be-all and end-all of their existence.
Here coat color and texture still matter more than physical health or performance in the field.
If some of the puppies in your litter are not quite up to show quality, sterilization is the answer. A "spay-neuter contract” is the term of art in the Kennel Club.
Change "the standard" of some breeds to get rid of dapple or merle coats associated with congenital deafness?
Outcross to improve health?
Coat color matters. Breed purity matters. Sterilization and euthanasia are the solution.
And if anyone asks about the history of all this, express outrage.
The Kennel Club did not invade the Sudetenland!