I Don't See Breed

You know those people who are so "progressive" that they claim they don't see race? Well, that's just like me… except with dogs. In other words, I don't see breed.

It's a phrase I use a lot. When people ask what kind of dog I live with, I honestly can't answer the question. It's not that I don't love the pup, it's just that his pedigree is irrelevant. It would be nice if they, too, just got to know the dog for who he is rather than making judgments based on the stereotypes they have about the breed. Dare I say it's bigoted when people say things like: "What kind of dog did you own? A golden retriever? He must be so playful!" How is that any different than being like "What race is your new roommate?" Black/White/Asian? She must be loud/an awful dancer/pay really high car insurance rates."? 

So quit acting like I'm an idiot when I don't know the difference between dog breeds. It's not nearly as ignorant as learning the differences and then insisting on labeling them. I believe in a world without labels, where a dog can just be a dog - judged on the content of its character rather than its breed.

1 comment:

M.C. said...

Laughed so loud at this post. I too suffer from breed blindness. Lol.