After talking to this lady I found on petfinder.com for 3 days we decided to meet and the agreement was that she'd meet us in a parking lot and onto my house afterwards if she had time. Well, she called to tell me she wasnt going to show up b/c she had 'dinner reservations' and didnt want to be late. That I could drive all that way out there tomorrow if I'd like but that she wasnt going to drive this way even though she'd first volunteered to do so. Grrr. I guess I'm just venting b/c I'm disappointed. The dog was a 7-month-old miniature pinscher female (spayed). Needless to say I wont be driving out there b/c she lied to me and theres no telling what else might be wrong with the dog. Does anyone know of any websites or tips I can look for to find another female min pin? Thanks.
Responsible breeders and rescue people are not "travelling salesmen". It is customary for the adoptor/buyer to visit the breeder or rescue person's home or kennel. Any breeder or rescue person who agrees to meet you in a parking lot probably has something to hide. (Not always but I personally would NEVER obtain a dog from anywhere that I was not welcome to view the entire house/kennel of dogs.)
That said, this person was curteous enough to alert you that she could not meet you as planned and offered to make other arrangements for the next day. I am unclear as to why you are declining adopting the dog since you were given an opportunity to view the dog (assuming she meant at her home) the very next day? You sound a bit angry that she had other plans and had to reschedule. "Dinner reservations" are generally made in advance so it is likely that she merely forgot she had them when she agreed to meet you. I personally would not hold a rescheduling against a breeder/rescue person.
***Edited By: YodelDogs on 6/12/2005 11:06:42 AM*** Reason: added paragraph
I think I would be more worried about not getting to see where she keeps the dogs. Sorry, but when I think of people meeting in parking lots to purchase animals it rings of a horder, miller, etc. to me as though she has something to hide. I may be way off base (and I hope I am), but if it were me I'd be leary of meeting anyone who refused to let me see where their animals are kept. Just because she's listed animals on petfinder doesn't mean she's completely on the up & up.
I have seen on Animal Planet about some people that get rescue/shelter licenses and take in tons of animals, and end up being hoarders. They think they are helping the animals by 'rescuing' them from being in shelter environments or from being euthenized, but they end up getting to many. It's hard to tell if that's that situation, because she did say you could come out to her house the next day, so she was okay with you coming to her house. She probably just forgot about her previous engagement. Dogs on petfinder are rescue dogs, they are not dogs sold by breeders. So their care is totally voluntary and sometimes it's hard for them to meet people. They don't make any money off the adoption of a dog. I agree that I would be mad if I made an appointment with someone and they couldn't show up though. Maybe you could try to set up another time for you guys to meet?
***Edited By: Huntersmom on 6/12/2005 11:10:31 AM*** Reason: grammar
Actually, in rescue- we usually find an appropriate meet-up point for the pup "handover". It's easiest on everyone. This, of course, assumes that there was an initial home visit. Nobody I know would adopt to someone without one.
There are some flaky people out there, though. Is she affiliated with a local or national group? We all are volunteers- so asking us to schedule our lives around the adopter is just plain unfair- but you have a right to expect fair treatment, too.
It's not extremely common to find puppies in the rescue system- althogh we certainly DO get them- so if you really want a puppy- you might want to give her another chance. I'm sorry it's been a rough experience, though. Otherwise- contact a Min Pin rescue group. Good luck!