So, in my spare time, I like to cruise the CNN site for blog ideas. Yesterday, I noticed an article on dog flipping.
Yes, you heard me right.
My first thought is a bit embarrassing. When I was a kid, I so desperately wanted to be a teacher, I had a school for my stuffed animals. Their report card included P.E. To determine their grades, I would take each stuffed animal and flip it in the air. If I caught it, the “student” aced P.E. If I dropped it, the poor animal failed. I was ruthless (much the same as my own P.E. teacher at the time; you can probably do a complete psychological study on me using this one childhood story.) One of these stuffed dogs was the bulldog from whom Wonderbutt got his real name (which is not “Wonderbutt”, as endearing as that is). Wonderbutt’s namesake always got straight A’s. Unlike Wonderbutt.
Of course, when I clicked on the link, it was immediately apparent that my dog flipping concept vastly differed from the type of dog flipping worthy of a headline on CNN.
Apparently, there are some not so heroic people out there, who will “adopt dogs”, and then sell them for more, making a profit off the dog. This isn’t illegal, exactly, but can be devastating to the first owners who might have had legitimate reasons for giving their dog away and really hunted for someone who they thought would provide a good forever home for their dog.
I was really bummed when I read this. Sad for the dogs. And ashamed of myself for thinking CNN might actually post a story about stuffed animals that do gymnastics.
The obvious comparison to the CNN story is to house “flippers”, which made me wonder if this might be a possible idea for some Cesar Milan-ish person wanting to salvage “bad” dogs. What if there were some heroes out there that would take in dogs that seemed hopeless, rehabilitate them, and then adopt them out to new, DESERVING, families? Do I sniff a new reality show idea?
And, no, I am not considering giving them Wonderbutt.