I joined ILMC a few months ago, I've learnt a lot but like many other members find the bickering tedious. A couple of olive branches have been offered today - let's hope it's not too little too late. Let's please respect that we don't truly know each nor each other's tolerance or sensitivity levels.For the more feisty amongst you, if in doubt have your rants and arguments over personal messanging - I truly believe that this would make the forum a happier place to visit and where breeders are concerned would make them appear a lot more trustworthy and credible. I can't speak for anyone else but I ruled out a few of the larger breeders after witnessing their activity and comments on the forum.
This whole situation is horrible. On the one hand I feel drawn to read each dramatic thread and on the other hand it all leaves me feeling a bit... disheartened and flat. What I am swiftly learning as a forum virgin (sorry Kendal!) is that forums can be so unnecessarily bitchy - people say things they'd never DARE say face-to-face and to be frank I find that this downright gutless because people are only hiding behind their anonymity (hmmm, perhaps I'm being a bit hypocritical here!)
What I know it this: life is stressful - family life can be stressful, relationships are stressful, work is most definitely stressful and for my part my journey into work with angry London commuters is quite possibly the most stressful part of my day. My pets - for the time being my cats - are my respite. I hope one day to add a beautiful Cockapoo to my pet family and joining ILMC was part and parcel of this decision.
I enjoy the forum for friendships I have made, for the possibility of meets, for health and behavioural information and for brilliant pictures. I have zero interest in boring breeding point-scoring squabbles so please let's stop this as we have now lost two members which is quite frankly, really sad.