Dog Breeding as a Social Construct

Dexter under his favorite blanket

Over the last forty years, we had parrots as our constant companions. After Connie, our Sun Conure suddenly died, we decided to adopt a dog. Partly it was because we did not want to leave a very intelligent, and self-aware being behind. And chances are very good that a parrot would outlive us. Neither my husband nor I have shared our home with a four-legged, self-aware, sentient being in decades. And we knew they were not just…