Q: I love animals but i can’t work at the San Diego Zoo or Wild Animal Park because they fired me, but i still want to work with animals as a career. I don’t think i can be a veternarian because you have to disect animals in the schooling for it, and i’m a vegetarian so i don’t believe in it. Are their any other careers that work with animals that i can do?

A. You could work in fish and game or wildlife. Also, some nature centers that do wildlife rehabilitation pay people to work with wild animals and prepare them to go back to the wild. You could also go into dog or animal grooming or work for a boarding facility. Good luck and God bless.
Why are show animals not suppose to be spayed/neutered?
Q: It seems like whether you are showing dogs, rabbits, whatever, they never want the animals to be spayed/neutered. Why do they say not to get them fixed when this can cause health problems for the animals in the future?

A. Because dog shows are all about judging the future breeding qualities of a particular animal, among other things- and dogs that win a lot of top shows ( such as being judged Best In Show at places like Westminster, for example) are animals which are destined to have top class futures as sires or as broodbitches. This same kind thinking is true on most horse racetracks, too- colts are gelded only if their personalities are such that they are a threat to themselves if left entire. The goal is to have the horses win enough to make them valuable additions to a breeding herd somewhere. Surgically altering these show quality animals would make future breeding impossible, which is why the AKC has rules to prohibit altered dogs from being shown in breed shows or classes. There’s big money in dog shows today- it’s a mult-million dollar business, not just a hobby for a few people. There are lots of people who make their living by breeding, showing, and selling dogs. Some of the professional handlers you see at top shows earn salaries and commissions which can amount to tens of thousands of dollars every year. Most of these people generally will refuse to work with an altered dog, because they know such animals cannot be shown in anything except obedience classes and dog agility classes.

In the case of racehorses, not only does gelding a horse eliminate the possibility of breeding the animal, it also can affect the horse’s running ability. Gelded horses are usually calmer, yes, but they also can end up being SLOWER than they would have been if they were left entire. That can have a negative impact on their careers and on their owners’ and breeders’ bottom line. Like dog shows, racing is a money game and a multi-BILLION dollar business. Most people just think of a horse’s owner, trainer, and jockey when they think of horse racing. It never enters their heads that there are literally tens of thousands of other people who work behind the scenes to make the sport what it is. Just to give you a partial list of all the people you don’t see who are connected to horse racing in some way, take a look at this:

At the track:

Outriders
Racing stewards
Security guards and personnel
Escort (pony) riders
Paddock Judges
Clerks of Scales
Jockeys’ valets and agents
Bookmakers
Custodians/ Trash collectors
Starters and their assistants
Groundskeepers/maintenence staff
Track vets
Track farriers
Hotel, Housekeeping, and Kitchen staff ( if the track has a hotel or restaurants on its grounds)
Wait staff for same
Paramedics/EMT’s
Ambulance drivers
Physicians (at least at some tracks)
Horse Ambulance drivers
Camera operators
Bookkeepers/Accountants

At the farms:

Foaling attendants
Broodmare managers
Yearling/weanling managers
Sales agents
Farm managers
Grooms
Exercise riders
Van drivers
Farm vets
Farm farriers
Stallion managers
Bloodstock agents
Bookkeepers/Accountants
Secretaries/Administrative personnel

Other professions connected to racing include:
Airplane pilots
Air Traffic Controllers
Cargo Inspectors
Security personnel
Feed dealers and their employees
Tack/equipment makers and their employees
Hay farmers/shippers
Truckers ( long distance shipping)
Equine Hospital employees

Like I said, this is just a PARTIAL list of all the people who make their living from horse racing- and dog showing isn’t much different. There’s a whole slew of people you don’t see for every person you do see at most dog shows. Altering dogs surgically would put a lot of these people out of work.

What are the different kinds/bloodlines of pitbulls and what are their differences in appearance & behavior?
Q: From somebody with experience raising pitbulls, how are they in terms of maintenance, grooming, necessary activity, training, temperament..etc?
From somebody with experience raising pitbulls, how are they in terms of maintenance, grooming, necessary activity, training, temperament..etc?
Also how are they with other dogs in the household?

A. This is not something that can be completely covered in this answer.The differences in bloodlines can vary greatly.It can range from the original type very active,high energy,dog aggressive,drivey working type dogs to watered down,less drivey show dog,AmStaff types.Even further into the American Bully(still wrongly being referred to as Pit Bull),a developing breed that is bred to be more of a companion animal than a working bulldog and terrier type.

Check out these forums for breed history,bloodline info,etc.
http://www.game-dog.com/
http://www.pitbull-chat.com/forums.php

Generally high energy,require plenty of exercise and mental stimulation daily.Loyal,eager to please,smart animals.Will take advantage of a weak leader.Should be good with people without question.Often don’t do well with other dogs/animals.Containment and equipment requires more thought than with most other breeds as these are extremely strong,athletic dogs.Grooming is wash and wear.

True breed representatives are not for the faint of heart,the lazy,the meager,the novice dog owner.

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