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Old 08-17-2009, 06:08 PM
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Default What do you do when....???

So many people approach me and tell me what a lovely Burmese Mountain Dog I have. I usually try to educate them in a sort of backwards way replying that this breed comes from BERNE, Switzerland. Most thank me for the info, but some get very offended. Should I just keep my mouth shut? What do you do when someone mispronounces your breeds name?
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Old 08-17-2009, 06:25 PM
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Why not correct them politely ???
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Old 08-17-2009, 06:30 PM
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If people ask me 'Is that a Pap-ill-ion?' (the usual way people mispronounce it) I'll typically reply 'Yep, she's a pap-ee-awn!' I mean I know what they mean and it's much better than being asked repeatedly about my chihuahua. So far no one has really seemed offended or anything. *shrug*

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Old 08-17-2009, 08:20 PM
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I agree with Laurelin. I don't think that telling them where the dog is from is really going to help them make the connection that they're pronouncing it wrong. Personally, I'd be thrilled that someone almost knows that my dog is a berneese, and not some hound mix or something.
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Old 08-17-2009, 08:50 PM
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I think educating is good, very good

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Old 08-17-2009, 09:40 PM
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I'd just tell them how it's actually pronounced in a nice way. People call Tollers Trollers all the time, and I just politely tell them that they're actually Tollers, and what the word "toll" means and why they're called that. I've never had an offended reaction -- usually people either just don't get it and call them Trollers anyway, or they're very happy I educated them.

Or, I'll do the same as Laurelin if they ask "is that a Troller?" and I then say, "yes she is a Toller". Same thing when people comment on my "Dovermins", haha.

I think it's almost always better to try and educate people, and if the reaction you get isn't a good one, oh well. That's their problem.
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Old 08-17-2009, 10:01 PM
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I would do the "yes he is a Bernese Mountain Dog" thing, that way the people don't feel as stupid because they think you didn't notice and actually thought they had said it right.

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Old 08-17-2009, 10:09 PM
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Or you could tell them it has something to do with Burma Shave.

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Old 08-18-2009, 12:21 AM
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I just polietly tell them.

Ruckus is not a collie, border collie, aussie, or a WOLF hybrid.....
he is a sheltie.
And Lynn it not a collie, she is a sheltie.
people love to call them miniature collies, and even argue with me when I tell them that they are shelties. LOL
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Old 08-18-2009, 09:52 AM
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I don't have that problem with the dogs, but I do with the horses. I tell people I have Belgian draft horses, and all the time I get"Oh I love BELGIUMS"! I don't have a problem correcting by flat out saying "Belgians, not Belgiums". They don't know unless you say, and even still sometimes it dosn't get through.
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