The Other Coast by Adrian Raeside

The Other Coast

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  1. Pacopuddy

    Pacopuddy said, over 3 years ago

    . . . and he is dumped unceremoniously by the people he thought cared for him, and whom he loved more than life itself.


  2. rush.diana

    rush.diana said, over 3 years ago

    Very sad but true. When a breed becomes very popular and suddenly in demand, indiscriminate breeding leads to health issues that may never be weeded out. Take my favorite, Dobermans. Very popular in the 70’s and many folks were just trying to cash in on that. Now we have a breed with a pretty short life span

  3. Pacopuddy

    Pacopuddy said, over 3 years ago


    I’ve seen a few adverts recently for ‘rare’ white dobermanns. I don’t know a lot bout the breed, but as I understand it, they are prone to skin cancer, deafness, blindness and neurological problems as well as other health difficulties – and they can be aggressive (I would be aggressive if my eyeballs and nerve-endings hurt all the time, and people came up on me unexpectedly because I couldn’t hear them approach!). People are breeding these banned (for a reason!) colours in order to charge the earth for ‘rare’ puppies.

    Other ones hitting the headlines lately are tricolour bulldogs (not a recognised colour) and ‘silver’ french bulldogs (ditto).

    And don’t get me started on ‘designer’ ‘breeds’.

  4. rush.diana

    rush.diana said, over 3 years ago

    I saw a documentary from BBC about the world of pure bred dogs. They showed pictures of breeds such as the Basset hound and the English bull dog from many years ago. Wow they looked healthier and “normal” ie w/o legs so short they cant walk or faces so pushed it it’s impossible to breath. (they are doing this with Persian cats too). The documentary also revealed how some breeders of Rhodesian Ridgebacks will “destroy” puppies that are not born with the ridge.

  5. rush.diana

    rush.diana said, over 3 years ago


    It is just so sad what you are saying. And I’m certainly not putting down pure bred dogs. Although we dont have a dog we go every year to watch a show in Maine. I love to be able to see and pet the Dobies again. Ours died suddenly at 4 years old of heart failure. This was back in 1984 when little was known about their health issues. I still miss him and have never had another dog,

  6. fishbulb239

    fishbulb239 said, over 3 years ago

    ‘Tis why I consider the AKC to be a vile organization. They perpetuate the notion that a dog’s value lies in superficial qualities such as appearance. This mentality causes such things as overbreeding, in-breeding, breeding for particular traits that cause the dog to have physical discomfort and/or health issues (such as breathing difficulties for short-snouted dogs and hip dysplasia for “well-tapered” German shepherds), physical “modifications” (mutilations such as tail docking and ear cropping) to dogs solely for aesthetic reasons, etc., etc. Their mindset also adds value and appeal to the pure-bred dog, encouraging people to make money from dog breeding. This increases the supply of a “product” for which the supply already far exceeds the demand, increasing the number of dogs that are killed simply because their numbers are too great. Anybody who truly loves dogs (or cats) would never breed them – every dog or cat that’s added to the population is one more dog or cat that is put to sleep. (Even if every one of my dog’s puppies goes to a good home, the odds are that they’ll go to families that would have gotten a dog anyway. If that family doesn’t take my puppy, then they’ll get a dog from some other source. Somewhere down the line, for every puppy that my dog has, there’s some dog somewhere that is not finding a home and is instead put to sleep. Only a scumbag could live with such a notion.)

  7. Keith Churchill

    Keith Churchill said, over 3 years ago

    Harsh… Next it will be drunk driving a stolen car :(

  8. angusdad

    angusdad said, over 3 years ago

    That’s why I prefer mixed breeds. They usually don’t have the problems like there is with purebreds

  9. rush.diana

    rush.diana said, over 3 years ago

    BTW the name of the BBC doc is “Pedigree Dogs Exposed”. It can be watched on youtube in it’s entirety

  10. Pacopuddy

    Pacopuddy said, over 3 years ago


    Thanks rush.diana – I’ll look at that.

    I agree that puppies shouldn’t be destroyed just because they aren’t KC or AKC breed standard, but it is iniquitous to deliberately breed these poor little buggers just so you can con people into paying big money, for what is for many dogs a lifetime of pain.

    I think the breed standard should be revised for those breeds where the standard contributes to health problems, and that the breeding and selling of all dogs should be better regulated.

  11. rush.diana

    rush.diana said, over 3 years ago


    Speaking of German Shepherds, they are such a beautiful dog but what is with the exaggerated “slope” now to their backs? When I was a kid they certainly didn’t look like this!! Why it’s as though they can barely hold themselves up! the rear legs are too bent. This is what is considered a “desirable” trait?

  12. pschearer

    pschearer GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    I remember when cocker spaniels were popular. “See Spot run! Run, Spot, run!”

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