I remember I went to this pet shop before I got Riley, and almost took home this cocker spaniel, he was the cutest thing. Good thing I overheard the owner and his wife talking... she said "why do you keep getting these dogs from them.. they are always sick!" i got the heck out of there!!
I went back the other day to see the pups they have, just out of curiosity. All the poor babies were sneezing and sniffling, it was so sad.
So when the man that worked there asked me if I needed any help, I said yeah I have a question, where do you get your puppies? He said a local breeder, and I said, oh you mean a puppy mill? Is that why they are always sick? He didn't say anything and I went on to say.. well I don't remember the exact words but I said places like this shouldn't be in business, selling people sick dogs for outrageous prices with no registration, you should be ashamed, especially since you know they are always sick.
I then went and said goodbye to all the poor babies, who looked so desperate to get out of there, and left. The guy never said anything, but it still felt good. Although I know nothing will be done:(
***Edited By: thelifeofriley on 5/3/2005 10:32:39 PM*** Reason: spelling
Yeah, pet shops really get to me as well. We have a sort of 'anti-petshop' crew in here that purposely goes in pet shops to annoy the owners and educate potential buyers on what they are about to buy, lol. In short, we're pain in the rears =D I have talked so many people out of buying pet shops puppies. Makes me sad sometimes though because it's not their fault they're there. But if people keep buying them, it's just going to free a space for another puppy mill dog. And yet another female is going to be bred to fill the demand...sad :(
I hate it. I wish they would get puppies from respected breeders or something. Something better for the dogs!! Anyone every heard of Shake-A-Paw in NJ? They are a petstore but are supposed to get puppies from local breeders not puppy mills... but not sure if that is a fact.
I'm excited the only dogs the pet stores around me carry are the ones that are brought in by rescue companies and Humane societies on the weekends, Like Humane Society in Culpeper VA and Paws for life. The shops do keep cats there around the clock but those too are sponsered by rescue and Humane societies.
Near Niantic, CY my brother lives there is a place almost like a pet store except better. This woman has a few litters from her dogs a year, and you can go and inspect the parents. They have pedigrees available. The whole litter available is keep gated in with their mom and there are blankets and everything for the dogs.
She even has this gathering, I think in May she ahs this puppy party. All of sogs purchased in the year before come and there is 'pupcakes' and doggy treats, its very cute.
She usually has puppies availabl;e from her or somethimes some breeders come on the weekend to advertise their puppies.
The owner usually has Dachshunds, Chihuahuas and sometimes a litter of malteses. The best part is she doesn't like to use the word 'teacup', andshe also has some rescues from puppy mill busts as well, so there are sometimes mixes.
I almost bought a Dachshund , but hubby told me no. So we got into an arguement out at the car, and he won :(