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Family Feud over Flash

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Well, my husband and I had a big fight about Flash, our JRT. Flash is a great looking dog and we got him from a reputable breeder. He is very white, and so the breeder sold him to us with a spay/neuter contract and no stud certificate. He gets a lot of sunburn around his eyes because the pink skin is very sensitive at high altitude here, so I made an appointment for him to get the skin tattooed, as 3 vets recommended, because he could easily develop cancer. It is a bit expensive, but I did it while neutering Flash, which made it easier on the pocketbook. My husband was angry I would spend money on Flash's eyes AND neuter him. He was angry because a lot of people have asked us to 'backyard breed' Flash to some of their JRT bitches, and he thinks the money would have at least covered the "silly" tattooing. I think Flash is great, but if the breeder didn't think he was good enough to breed, I think maybe she has a reason after 20 years of breeding dogs. Also, I had 3 different vets tell me that he would be better off living up here with the tattooing and it will prevent brutal skin damage (we tried the 'Doggles' - there is no way a JRT would ever keep those on - seriously!). Anway, he is mad that I spent the money to fix his eyes and that I took away a potential source of income. I feel like what I did was right, but it IS hard when a guy called and wanted to pay us $400 to breed him ... but I think Flash's eye problems may be hereditary?? Anyway, what's done is done. I just wish I didn't feel so rotten.
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You definitely did the right thing. There are too many dogs in shelters to be wrecklessly creating more through backyard breeding. Plus there is the matter of the no stud contract.

You may want to start saving money on your own for future vet bills as it seems your husband is not fully supportive of the cost of responsible dog ownership.
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