sylvie wrote:here is what one poster on the madison.com forum had to say about allegedly valued "gazillion-dollar" hunting dogs.
"Nice try. Maybe bird hunters value their dogs, but some of the dirt bags that live in my county are in a class all by themselves. These guys breed their dogs constantly looking for the best pups. Want to take a guess at what happens to the ones that don't make the cut? Waterboarding. Another one takes the "losers" out for one last ride in the pickup in late fall because he doesn't want to feed them through the winter. Get real, the only thing most hunters care about is their weak little egos."
The only source I have is one public television show I saw a few years ago when they interviewed bear hunters who had lost dogs. Every one of them said the dogs were purchased from a breeder for X thousand dollars. Can't remember the number. I know I heard thousand, not hundred.
I wouldn't be too awful surprised to hear they were all lying or that most of the dogs lost were the expendable kind he's talking about.
killing the ones that don't measure up is not something that happens only with bear dog breeders, though. That's a fairly common thing even in puppy mills for non-hunting dogs.