Eve: Mama, what does "flipping" mean? Is it a cuss word?
Me: It depends on how you use it. Flipping means turning something over, usually kind of fast...like a pancake!
Eve: Pancakes are good with strawberries on top!
Me: Pancake flipping is pretty tasty and good. But not all flipping is good. Flipping today means people buy things and then try to resell them very quickly to make fast money. It's always been done but now they have a name for it. People flip just about anything. The bad thing is when someone is trying to flip something really quickly, they tend to take shortcuts and things might not get done like they should.
Eve: So how do people flip dogs and does it hurt the dogs?
Me: People get dogs off the internet, especially free dogs and then they sell them. Sometimes they get the dogs from a rescue IF the price is low enough that they can resell the dog and still make money. The rescue doesn't know what they are up to and think they are sending their dog to a real home. And still others actually steal dogs from people's yards and sell them. When people get dogs off websites like Craigslist, they pretend to be someone who wants to give the dog a home but then they just sell the dog afterwards.
Eve: But mama, the dogs still get homes, right? So why does it make any difference?
Me: Because the dog could be going to an awful place. Nobody checks because they are just trying to make money.
Eve: Do we flip dogs mama?
Me: Oh my no!
Eve: But we get them from other people and then adopt them out...
Me: True. The difference is we don't lie about what we are doing. AND we check the people that want to adopt a dog from us. Huge difference Eve. We also take care of all their medical needs. Many "flippers" don't do that. They just don't care.
Eve: Mama, I think people should just flip pancakes...and then put strawberries on top!
Me: Sounds good to me Eve!