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Yesterday, as I was driving through a coffee stand I was disappointed that they had closed early.  I knew that there was another one about two blocks from the dog park because I've seen it on my way to let the dogs run around.  I drove to the other coffee stand, and a very cute teenage girl was working.  She loved the dogs and happily declared to me that she had almost got a boxer last week, but she couldn't get it okayed with her landlord.  (She's only 17 but she no longer lives with her parents).  I should have just smiled and dropped the subject, but being the curious woman that I am I asked where she was looking at boxers, there is only one reputable breeder that I know of in a 50 mile radius.  She then told me that it was actually a boxer/bull mastiff.  And that the "breeder" sells them for $300.  She told me that the mother was an albino boxer! I should have just dropped it.  I smiled and said, "That's unusual most people won't breed white boxers because of the correlation with deafness, and I've never heard of an albino boxer."    I should have just minded my own business.  What would you have said?
 

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I think you said the right thing, obviously she was being fed a line of crap by the breeder. As long as people are receptive to the info I'm more than willing to share boxer facts. Who knows, maybe you gave her something to consider before jumping into a BIG commitment. :D
 

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ha ha i think what you said is probably pretty modest, I'm the type of person that puts the foot in the mouth all too often, so I probably would've blurted out something snooty i'd regret later lol
 

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I would have told her that maybe she needed to do some research on the breed.  Perhaps read a book or check us out.  When a person is considering getting a dog, ANY breed of dog,  they should put in some effort to find out about the breed.  I think most people get dogs just going by what they look like.  They spend more time picking out a purse or new jeans than reading up on the animal that they are getting ready to bring into their home.  That's one of the main reasons that there are so many dogs in shelters and rescues.
 

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I think it was good that you said something; either she is the type person who will think about it or it was forgotten before you drove off.
 

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Yeah, i would have said something too. Like others said either she will listen to what you said, or be ignorant and do what she wants too...which is probably the case since she didnt research the breed before hand. Also, people just go buy what a dog looks like and not what the dog is really about...like for instance when people get a boxer...and are shocked by there energy level...alright im done going on and on...lol
 
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my sister is 19...so i have a lot of experience with that age group...they are hard headed, stubborn, and don't listen to advice well...most likely she won't remember the comment tomorrow...so don't worry about offending her...if by some miracle it did hit a spot with her...maybe you helped her out.
 

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me...being me....well i am kinda sarcastic with a wee bit of dry humor so my reply would probably would have come off completley rude even though it wasnt meant to be :) i think you did a great job...hopefully it didnt fall of deaf ears, but you never know.
 
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