Toronto Life magazine has really cheesed off some of its readers with its annual gift guide whose number one item (out of 100) is a $1,200 puppy. The magazine's website says,
If there’s such a thing as an “it” dog, this year’s is the Ganaraskan. They’re bred in Port Hope—a mix of schnauzer, poodle, cocker spaniel and bichon frisé—to be the best of each breed, but infinitely less precious (check out Floyd). They’re smart, they don’t shed, and they’re preposterously cuddly. And the secret is out—Toronto’s dog parks, once the domain of labradoodles and wheatons, are teeming with them.No sooner was the list up, however, than the comments started to pour in (55 at the time of writing) and almost all of them were spitting mad. For example:
"Anyone who thinks that a puppy is a suitable Christmas present is more caught up in the fanatsy of life as a “Kodak” moment than the reality of what it is like to introduce a pup, who has just left the security of the only home it has known, into the sheer mayhem of a home during the holidays.
Promoting a mixed breed designer dog as the next “big thing” is simply irresponsible. Cute isn’t good enough – what about the genetic issues associated with throwing together four breeds who all have their own issues? Eye Hip and elbow clearances are not enough.
Coal in your stocking Toronto Life – and your name at the top of the naughty list for thinking this was a good idea."And...
"Just awful !! What were you thinking !!!!"