In a nut shell....YES there are many things wrong with that forum! Mainly a certain number of it's members. I can't believe some of the things I read in that forum....yes, I lurk because it is good to know what other people are saying. Believe me, the next cavalier I purchase will certainly not have certain lines represented in it's pedigree. The way certain people are treated on that board is horrible. I have not read anything that you have posted on that board that would give the admins cause to censor you. They say they want an open forum but certain posters seem to have no problem "hitting below the belt".
Is There Some-thing Wrong With the Cavalier Chat Forum?
I am appalled and aghast at many things I read there, but I am especially appalled at the thread titled "British humor" where a person posted a so-called joke about an American Marine, referring to this Marine as a "red-neck" who throws a dog out the window of a moving train. As an American, I am disgusted at this portrayal of our brave Marines, first as "red-necks" and secondly and most importantly as animal abusers. This so-called joke was heralded by several responses in support. I was going to join just to remind those who found this bit of "British humor" so amusing about the high cost of brave American lives lost during WWII defending their country.
There are some wonderful breeders who post on that board and I am pleased when I read some of their posts, knowing that they truly care about the Cavalier breed and are fighting hard for our dogs' welfare. There are others there who are so full of themselves and refuse to see the truth of what they are doing to our wonderful breed. How any breeder can write that health isn't the MOST important issue is beyond me! I will take a HEALTHY poorly marked Cavalier with a "gay tail" over the most beautiful show-dog who is living with the pain of SM or will die of CHF by 8 years of age any day. I keep reading posts about Cavaliers diagnosed with SM who are asymptomatic. Asymptomatic by who's standards? We don't know what those dogs are feeling. Outwardly, they may not show signs of pain but we all know how stoic these dogs can be. How many of us have had dogs who became seriously sick "all of a sudden"? The truth is that dogs often "hide" their discomfort and pain until it becomes totally unbearable.
Certain posters keep screaming that we should be putting our efforts into getting rid of puppy farms and byb instead of hounding them. Yet, every time legislation is introduced to control puppyfarms, they ask us to fight it saying that it hurts the legitimate breeders also. Yes, puppy farms are bad and need to be eliminated, but people have no control over them as individuals. Breeders, as individuals, have control over how they choose to run their breeding programs. I applaud those breeders who are doing what is right for our beautiful breed. We know you are out there and that you care. For those breeders who turn a blind eye to health issues....well.... nuff said!
Last edited by Jay; 2nd August 2009 at 07:45 PM.
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J. and pups, Gem, Monty, Harley and Sapphire