Puppies and Pandora

Another reason that the marketplace is not efficient is the oversupply of dogs and cats in this country. Each year thousands are killed because no one wants them. How efficient is that?

And yet, others are willing to spend a thousand dollars to get a specific kind of dog. Sure, mumble about supply and demand, why don't you. There is a demand for a certain kind of dog and not for another. But, you see, the natural breeding process hasn't been given a lesson on the Invisible Hand of the marketplace. There is an oversupply of dogs. Then we have to kill off the extra. But the issue isn't being resolved in one dog generation. More dogs are being created than are being used. Because no one coordinated with God, these damn animals are still breeding even though the marketplace has no use for them. Impudent! And we have a lot of dogs.

Now Econo-Girl is not going to lie to her readers. Leisure Lad is going to get a Pug. Not a shelter dog, a Pug. Yes, they are cute. Yes they look funny. And it would be a fun little thing. And Econo-Girl feels a little guilty about it.

But the DC Animal Shelter doesn't trust my husband and myself. They have actually turned us down for adopting an animal because they said we lied about how many dogs we had. I told her, we have two dogs now. The other one was taken from our yard.

So you have three dogs?

No, we don't. We have two. One, two. Two. Three minus one is two. We have two dogs.

So you have three dogs?

It went on like that. So we avoid the shelter now although we would have taken in several dogs from them. But they hate us, or at least view us suspiciously. So off to the puppy shop we go.


The Lazy Iguana said...

Cats are the same way. And why is there a "shortage" of any cat breed? Is it hard to get cats to go it? Do you have to do something other than putting a male and female cat in the same room?

I refuse to pay more than the cost of vet care for any animal. Cats and dogs are free.

Econo-Girl said...

Yeah, I've beaten back Leisure Lad from getting the Pug for now. We should rescue a needy animal.

The Lazy Iguana said...

Yes you should. And do not forget to help save Wampi the cat.


Saur♥Kraut said...

This post made me smile. I'm one of those that has special breed dogs, but it's because I'm an asthmatic and have to have non-shedding dogs. So there.

Econo-Girl said...

So you have a legit reason. We don't and my husband will not let go of the idea.