It Takes All Paws
Hello lovely readers!
I know we like a bit of a joke on this blog but today I want to talk to you about something a little more serious. What I want to talk about can be seen on every street corner; it’s creeped into adverts for our favourite food or toys and it can even make or break people’s careers. I want to talk about Breedism.
My friends and I often attend marches against Breedism because we believe it to be the single greatest threat to our kind (except for maybe our feline foes). Here, I asked the others to share their experiences of Breedism throughout their lives and I share my story too.
“Everyone expects me to be really energetic but actually I just like to have a nice quiet time with my friends. I’m supposed to be an alpha dog but I hate being centre stage and never like to feel like I’m showing off. The problem is, everyone assumes all I want to do is bounce of the walls and bark all day so they don’t take me seriously.”
Rick, Miniature Schnauzer
“So apparently I’m supposed to be the ‘clown’ of Hound society. I don’t think so. I like a joke, but all that slapstick comedy is totally unchic. Also apparently I like to dig holes: ew! Like I want to dirty my paws, especially not in this collar.”
“Hounds act weird about my gang being such a mix of breeds because they think I should be aggressive to other dogs. That’s just not how it is. I’m a friendly guy. I mean, I’m no pushover or anything. If someone deserves a bit of aggression they’ll get it from me. But yeah, anyway, I’m a nice guy.”
Frank, Jack Russell
“As a Whippet, you’re always expected to keep in shape. When you work full time, it’s kind of hard to keep up with that but you have to because for some reason being overweight is seen as worse for a Whippet than for any other breed. We’re also supposed to be timid in new situations so new people find it odd when I try to talk to them. It’s kind of frustrating.”
Cara, Italian Greyhound
“The most common Pug stereotype? ‘You’ve got a deformed face.’ Yeah, good one, I’ve never heard that before. I get the last laugh though. The shape of my face means I have big eyes and the ladies love that.”
Jordan and Cara in a recent photo shoot for the Stop Breedism Now campaign
Ok, so that’s what the rest of the gang are putting up with day-to-day. As for me, apparently I have to be perfectly groomed all the time even though I have curly hair that is extremely difficult to control. Other Hounds expect me to be scared of things and upset if things don’t go my way. As a lawyer, this can have pretty serious consequences at work. I’m pretty sure I’ve been overlooked for promotions in the past just because the partners don’t think a poodle can advance past a certain level.
So yeah, we can all have a bit of a joke about different breed stereotypes but it’s important to remember that these jokes can have grave repercussions in Hounds’ lives. If you take one thing away from this blog post, let it be to think carefully next time you typecast another Hound. If you feel particularly strongly about this issue, maybe see if there’s a march or group you can join in your local community to improve the situation.
As always, Justin sums up my feelings perfectly:
“Can someone tell me how to make a change?
I close my eyes and I can see a better day”
Never say never,