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Shelter Dogs For Sale? – What If You Had To Buy Them?

Shelter dogs for sale? – What if you actually had to pay for one? Money adds value to anything I guess, and even though value is subjective, going around bragging about spending three thousand dollars for an English Bulldog puppy is probably something like wearing Prada or driving a Porsche. It makes you feel important. Don’t misunderstand me. I was one of those who came very close to buying a Bulldog. I just loved them, or thought I did. But I was lucky enough to be introduced to the animal welfare world before making that mistake, and more than lucky to grow up with a very familiar legend that goes back to the 19the century and that every single Greek knows by heart.

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All Greeks know who he is – he even appeared on the 500 drachma bill, and all of us grew up being taught that legend since preschool.

Count Ioannis Antonios Kapodistrias was elected as the first head of state of independent Greece (1827–31). Back then Greece had just awakened after four hundred years of Turkish occupation. Four hundred! Poverty is an understatement when talking about the vast majority of the population. In an effort to raise the living standards of the population, introduced the cultivation of the potato into Greece. According to legend, although Kapodistrias ordered that potatoes be handed out to anyone interested, the population was reluctant at first to take advantage of the offer. People simply didn’t want them. The legend continues, that he then ordered that the whole shipment of potatoes be unloaded on public display on the docks of Nafplion, and placed it under guard to make the people believe that they were valuable. Soon, people would gather to look at the guarded potatoes and some started to steal them. The guards had been ordered in advance to turn a blind eye to such behaviour, and soon the potatoes had all been “stolen” and Kapodistrias’ plan to introduce them to Greece had succeeded.

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The legend definately makes a point It may not be entirely true, but if you think about it, we were more than capable of saying no to potatoes. POTATOES!

Can you make the connection? I did. And since I realized it I can’t stop thinking about it. About what is valuable and what isn’t. About what we perceive as valuable, based on its value for money. What is the value of a King Charles Cavalier puppy compared to a mix breed, black, adult shelter dog? What is the actual value of a beloved pet? Will the King Charles wag its tail better? Will it be more loyal? Will it love you more, or better? Will it love you the King Charles way? Does love have more actual value if you pay a thousand dollars for it? The answer is no. No, to all the above questions.

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One of my dogs, Apollo. I just picked him from the street and brought him home. He cost me nothing but is worth a fortune.

Will a King Charles of a Shar Pei make you feel more important while walking down the street holding a dog that costs a fortune? Maybe. It depends on you perception of things. Because once you come back home, behind closed doors, when no one can see you, the Shar Pei will just be a dog. So will the Frenchie, the German Sheperd and the Maltese. And so will the mix breed you adopted from your local shelter. And when this adopted dog becomes your best friend, you will be just as proud walking him in the park as you would be for any super special rare breed you could have bought.

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I don’t know how much Pointers cost. What I do know is that Tool and Cosette are worth zillions to their mum. They were dumped as trash in Athens Greece, rescued and adopted together in Germany.

Humans invented value. And then they misinterpreted it. When it comes to pets, the value is definitely not in the money you pay for one. You may think it is. When a shelter dog in Greece costs nothing and a purebred costs a fortune, we tend to believe that if you have to pay for it, it must be better. But it isn’t. About two hundred years ago we turned our backs on potatoes (potatoes!), because they were free. Today we turn our backs on shelter and stray dogs because they don’t cost as much. It makes you wonder if people would be interested in adopting the stay of their neighborhood, if it was guarded and treated as something very valuable, like the potatoes back in the 19th century.

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Ten puppies born by a stray mum and rescued by Save a Greek Stray. If we had named them Boxers and put them for sale on craigslist, there would have been too many people interested in them.

I don’t even know if this post made sense. If it did, I’d really want to know what you think about it. I guess it was just another way to say that the dog you simply pick from the street can turn out to be one of your most valuable “possessions”, even if it cost you nothing. Just think about how much money would you ask for, if you were to sell your dog? Because I wouldn’t give away mine even for all the money in the world. I literally picked them from the streets and  to me, they cost a fortune.

Valia Orfanidou

(The information on Kapodistrias and the legend about the potatoes came from Wikipedia)

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9 thoughts on “Shelter Dogs For Sale? – What If You Had To Buy Them?”

  1. personally, i don’t want to see any animal on Craigslist, trolls watch those ads for free and cheap priced animals so they can sell them to evil labs and dog fighters for bait animals. but, i get your point .
    i want to see all pet stores made to sell only shelter pets.
    i want all breeders to have limits set on them if not get rid of them all together

    1. Yeah, getting pet stores have shelter pets in their windows would make a huge difference. One of the problems I think is that rescue dogs are “hidden” in shelters and people don’t have easy access to them. They dont actually see them, except if they decide to visit a shelter.

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  3. Great article! Unfortunately there are people who are snobs and don’t really love dogs but just want to show off with an expensive breed. Just like an old man with a “trophy” young woman on his arm!
    These people will never see the beauty and importance of a stray or a shelter dog. I just pray that they decrease in number with time, and that people like us become the majority.

  4. This video was inspiring and I so agree most people value what they pay for. I believe and know if and when we have the love of Jesus then and only then can we view people as priceless and all creation especially helpless animals as priceless. They also were put here for a purpose. Some may not understand why. I know that animals were put here for love, protection and help. In return they require the same from us. Videos like these and others have changed my mine about buying puppies I am adopting my two dogs from shelters.

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