Hi there everyone. I am new to the boards and just wanted to know how many other people here have bought their pets through this website. My wife and I are thinking about it and just wanted to make sure that this site is secure and good. Thanks!
i haven't but my advice is to screen the seller and puppies very carefully, as you would anyone anywhere. therre's no guarantee here that everyone who advertises is reputable. some may not be. buyers have to decide that for themselves.
yeah, i actually think that my wife and i were just scammed by one fo the sellers through this site. i wanted to make sure that it wasnt all of the sellers and that other people have actually recieved the pets that they have paid for. this seems like a great site and the people who post seem really nice, but my wife and i are really hurt. we dont have a lot of money at all. this was a very big stretch for us and it took a lot to make that money. i dont know how people could do this. i noticed that there arent any scam warnings on sellers here though. i think that i might be putting up the first then. any suggestions on what to do about this situation?
I can not imagine buying a pet site unseen! I am the kind of person who wants to see the puppies and play with them in order to determine which one is right for our family. Cody came from a litter of 4, all males, and it took my husband, my mother and myself 2 1/2 hrs. to pick him out. When we have gone to the Humane Society we took the puppies to a quiet room and sat and played and got to know them before buying one, this has worked well for us. Be it a purebreed or a mix each pup has their own personality and you need to see them in person to determine which one is best for you. If you get a purebreed one could be more gentle or agressive than another one in the same litter and same is true for mix breeds. Sorry about what happened to you.
***Edited By: codys mom on 6/18/2005 1:35:36 PM*** Reason: thought I wanted to add something but I didn't
I advertise on this site :) so of course I don't think everyone is scamming people. I always recommend asking for references before commiting to a puppy from any breeder (it doesn't matter if you get the dog if it is in shoddy condition) - even ones that you can meet in person first. Ask lots of questions - and find a breeder that asks you lots as well, because this is a sign of a breeder that cares about the wellfare of their puppies (they want to insure that you will be able to provide a good home).
Ask what dog food they feed, whether they ive heartworm preventative, what kind of care their pregnant Mom's get, what kind of vaccines they give, where their dogs are housed, whether their dogs are obedience trained, whether their dogs have toys and treats and what brands, ect... BE NOSY! Good breeders like nosy adoptive families. :) You should only adopt a puppy from a breeder that gives their animals the same level of care you intend to give your own. Ask the breeder about individual personality traits of the parents. A good breeder loves to talk about their dogs and share with you the wonderful things that they do to bring joy to their people's lives. And again, ASK FOR REFERENCES!.
If you get an off feeling from a breeder, don't buy a dog from them. If you can't see yourself being friends with the breeder, don't buy a dog from them. When you buy a puppy from a breeder you are bringing a piece of that breeder's life into your home and that means their baggage too. A puppy's temperament is based almost entirely on the temperament of it's parents and the environment that it was living in. So if you have doubts about the breeder - run for the hills. There are hundreds of breeders out there, the key is to find the one that fits you and your family perfectly so that the adoption process is fun, memorable and happy.
Every ad site has it's wackos and puppy mill breeders, and unknowledgable Backyard Breeders. The trick is for you to purchase with common sense and caution. It's no different than buying a car, or choosing your own doctor. Research and common sense go a long way! Remember that the term breeder doesn't imply quality. :) Just like with every profession, some of us are good at what we do and honest and fair with our customers and some are just out there to make money and have no inhibitions about screwing people over.
There have been people that recieve the wrong pets, not the ones they had seen in pictures, then pictures of the pup they bought that their pictures stay up. How much were you ripped off of. You can send a note to the admin, I think theres a list of persons to look out for isn't there guys? Yeah up in the upper left portion it says scams, it has the email address of people to be weary of.
***Edited By: puttin510 on 6/18/2005 1:52:21 PM*** Reason: add
I got my Brandi from this site, and while I would've liked to see the puppies beforehand, sometimes that's just not possible. I live in a pretty suburban/urban area and there simply aren't enough breeders in the area for me so looking online was one of my better options.
Word of advice, not just to you but for other potential buyers of dogs online:
1.) Know the breed of the dog you are buying like the back of your hand. Do ALOT of research. Do your homework, contact your local club of the breed, friends who own the breed, read books upon books, ask alot of questions. Make sure you know what you're in for: the pros and cons of the breed so when you have to deal with a breeder online, you will be an educated buyer. Not only will this prove to the respectable breeders that you are truly interested in providing the best care and knowledge for your dog, but also prevents you from being scammed or cheated or lied to.
2.) Try to find references or reviews of the breeder. If you can't do this, talk to the breeder. Alot. Ask for alot of information from the breeder. Ask her everything from the puppy's family history, health history, temperament, parents, home lifestyle, contracts, shots history, pedigree, and other paperwork! And most important, ask for pictures! LOTS of them! You need to make up for the fact that you can't see the puppy face-to-face. A good breeder will be more than happy to provide you with a ton of pictures. That way you can also get a better look at the surroundings in the background. Make sure to e-mail and call the breeder. Keep in touch with them alot.
3.) Good breeders should in turn ask you alot of questions. They usually want to know if your personality/lifestyle will fit with their puppy. So if the breeder you're dealing with doesn't ask you a single question about what kind of temperament you're looking for in a dog, or if you have kids or other pets, or your housing, or anything... then you should be wary.
4.) Pay special attention to finances. When it comes down to dishing out the cash, make sure you are exchanging this $$$ in a reputable way. After I pelted my breeder with questions, I wired my money directly through my bank to hers, and as a result had all her information (just in case it was a scam).
5.) If the breeder is shipping the pup to you, make sure you get ALL the information for flight, time, and ask her about the procedures of picking up a pup.
Bottom line is, try to get as much information as you can. If you're still not sure about the validity of the breeder, then be patient! This is a new addition to your family that you'll be getting, spend a little more time on it!
What does living in a pretty suburban area have to do with it?! You should want your pup to come from a pretty suburban area not a run down mill in the sticks. Not to say all breeders by me are mills but most of them are.
I bought my puppy from this site, at Harmony German Shepherds. So far I am satisfied with the puppy. They have a very organized website and tons of information on their dogs. They were very reliable and provided me with all the questions that I was concerned with. They truly seem to be nice people and care for their dogs.
On the only thing that I feel got cheated was delivery price. I was suppose to share the price with another byer in my area and they did not reveal that to me until I got the puppy and than only by mistake in an email she told me that they had another delivery in my area. I had to travel 20hr, instead I could have traveled 3 hours. They would not ship their puppies, so we had decided to meet half ways. She did not respond to my comments about this.
Has anyone here bought a puppy from Harmony German Shepherds and how did they turn out to be as dogs?
Peronsally I wouldn't buy a dog from a place I couldn't go visit, remember anyone can put anything on a website!!! If you are buying a purebred pup look for breeders in your area, go visit them, see where the dogs live etc......
Here's a good site that explains where to get a dog etc...