A recent Dog of the Day post here on The Daily Corgi has generated some heated exchanges on the facebook page, and I’d like to address the reader community as a whole about the controversy.
This particular dog’s story involved his adoption from a chain pet store. The fact of how he came into his family’s life is part and parcel of his story, it’s simply fact.
As a general rule, I seldom assume an overt editorial stance against a dog’s origins within these individual profiles. The reality is that puppies come into our lives in many different ways. There have been other dogs on the blog who have come from pet stores, many from excellent rescue groups, and a good many of them from reputable breeders.
Some readers were disappointed — even angry — that I didn’t choose to use the post as a cautionary tale against buying in pet stores. One reader’s ire led her to accuse me of “advertising for pet stores.” I know her heart is in the right place, but I genuinely disagree with her opinion.
So why didn’t I speak out against pet stores in that post?
The simple answer is this: I am telling a real story about a dog and his people, period. As with every other Corgi, my aim on the blog — and the facebook page — is to celebrate that dog and share it’s story with the world (or the minute fraction of a fraction who actually read The Daily Corgi ;-).
What impressed me most about this Corgi’s family was how committed they are to doing whatever it takes to keep him healthy, happy and loved. This couple took their Corgi home and gave him the kind of life every dog deserves. In return, he enriches their lives immeasurably, every day. I say good for them, all of them.
Their story honestly moved me: it was a good outcome, a happy ending. A Corgi and his family. Just like any other Dog of the Day post.
The Daily Corgi is — and I hope will remain — a place for Corgi loving folks to come and enjoy themselves, if only for a minute during a stressful workday. If I can educate, if I can raise funds for CorgiAid (I have and will continue to do so), if I can spread the word about fantastic and hard-working rescue groups (again, already have and will do so going forward), that’s all terrific too, and necessary.
There are plenty of other places on the web to go and be far more fully informed about things we’d all like to see changed, as dog lovers. Research the issues that trouble you, educate yourself, and advocate in whatever way you are moved to. There are many, many ways to get involved, to put your passion to a purpose!
Feedback from readers is important, and although it does shape the blog, ultimately I have to decide what runs and what doesn’t. The Daily Corgi can’t be all things to all people, but I believe it has a purpose to serve. Spreading some happiness in a world that needs it is no small thing.
Thanks for reading, and Corgi ON!
Founder & Editor
The Daily Corgi