[/QUOTE]Originally posted by Nichole@Jan 24 2005, 11:20 AM
Did anyone happen to see the show on Animal Planet last night called "Gone to the Dogs" (I think that is what it was called)? It was a reality based show about the behind the scenes lives of handler and owners of dogs. It certainly was interesting and opened my eyes to how much of a commitment it takes to do that. Some of those handlers were like pageant moms who were obsessed with "the win."
My question is, after watching that show, why do "owners" of dogs turn the dogs over to handlers to show? Why don't the owners do the showing?
At that point, the dog is no longer a pet, but rather property that is just passed around. It seems almost cruel to let the dog get attached to the handler and then the owner has the right to take the dog back.
Is there money to be made in this dog showing world? One lady (and I don't know if this was "the norm") was the owner of a Schnauzer and also owned a car dealership, so she gave the handlers an RV to tote the dog around the country in as well as $3000 a month for expenses! That's $36,000 a year for a DOG!
Hmmm...maybe I am in the wrong field.
[/QUOTE]Originally posted by tlunn@Jan 24 2005, 11:45 AM
I haven't seen that one...I have often wondered about the passing the handling job on to someone else myself though...seems sad to me...
My new favorite show on Animal Planet is "Who gets the dog?"
It is a reality based show where they have a pound dog that needs a home. They screen the applicants and pick three. The dog is taken to their home...they have to perform some tasks/teach the dog some tricks...and the judges evaluate how the dog interacts etc. with the family. The dog must spend one night with the family. They are scored in 3-4 different areas (don't remember the break-down)...and at the end, the dog gets to go home with the family that is the best match! I thought it was a really cute show...a good idea too...to help get some of the pound dogs to good homes.