I had a conversation with the local pet store owner about a puggle that she had for sale. NOTE...I was not even interested in purchasing this pup, just looking for information...anyways.
She said the breeder was local, very reputable, pups were raised in a social environment and parents were good dogs. There was no health guarantee, could not/would not give me breeders name or phone, refused to let me see parents etc. HOW do you get someone to stop this!! She has these pups and other mixed on "sale" for 499.99 and is proud to do so?
I understand the designer breed debate thats a whole other issue (I don't go for it) and I just want to know if there is away to educate this person and get her to take better care of the pups she has in her store? Any ideas would be welcome.
I know exactly what you are talking about... we have a similar situation up here... the only differenct is that they are charging more than $1000 for the pups. The pet store has been getting a lot of press lately about some lab's that they have sold, who within 6 months have been diagnosed with hip dysplasia (real severe) from the same litter & the pet store are doing nothing (of course) to help the owners.
It would be nice if we could educate them... I had a conversation with other customers 1 time about not purchasing from a pet store & an employee asked me why I felt that way & I explained it to him. He didn't argue or dispute anything I said, but I thought for sure he was going to ask me to leave... but he didn't.
***Edited By: MyWeim on 5/17/2006 8:15:34 AM*** Reason: add
You can't educate people that only have a dollar sign in their eye. Thats what it is all about. They could care less about these poor little dogs, only the dollar amount they will bring. They are no better than the puppymillers.
The pet stores will keep on selling these pups and the breeders will keep on breeding these pup as long as the public keeps on buying these pups. The best thing is to try and educate the buyers. If the people stop buying from Pet Stores and Puppymills then hopeuflly this type of breeding will stop. Supply and demand, no demand=no supply needed :) You must understand I own a designer dog, a Bichon/Westie mix and I adore him but I do understand what everyone is trying to say, accidents do happen but to purposely breed these adorable pups with no guidelines is wrong and to charge outragous prices for a mix is wrong, I can not imagine paying a huge amount for a mix but I also can not see paying a huge amount for a purebreed that is going to be a family pet. Cody is the most expensive dog I have purchased and that was $150.00 and I wasn't sure if I wanted to go that high, but I did and I haven't regretted it at all.
I can relate! That is how I ended upwith this 9mth old Min Pin! Paris faze my son's old girlfriend was going through...went through 3 houses before it came to mine then I put my foot dooowwwnnnnn. When the dog came through my door it became mine period. The pet store sold a $800.00 dog to kids and 18 & 17 year olds, knew nothing of the breed...honey even told them it would be a woderful apt. dog LOL! A min pin.....LOL never did the pet store talk about the breed, the training, the life span....The saddess of this is the other day I droppped by the store so I could have the paper work (AKC info) and there was new min pin puppies there from the same breeder.....I suggested to the owner as I was leaving hope you don't sell these to kids like you did this one and that she should care more about the animals that she is selling than the almighty $dollar$.
The people at the pet stores are just telling you what the owners tell them to say. They are probably people who don't have a clue about pets to begin with. I would never ask any of these people anything. They are not animal experts in any way, shape or form. They are just trained parrots, reiterating whatever their job training has taught them.
Amen to that! My problem is ...tee hee I never have seen the inside of a shelter....I am to busy cleaning up everyone elses mistakes! Shelters are the best you are saving a life and forming a wonderful friendship!
I have had a similar situation. So, I go to the petshop and ask the owner some questions about one of the yorkie puppies that were for sale. And I find out that the puppy has no health guarantee, and the owner "seriously" would not tell me any information on the yorkie's breeder (which is very suspicious).
So the point is, there was absolutely no detailed information provided for the puppy. There were many unbelievable things that I found out just from one visit to that petshop...
First, the owner asked if I was interested in buying the puppy and stated that the puppy cost $2000. (Since the owner felt that the yorkie had show potential... which is ridiculous) Second, the saddest part was... that "cute" yorkie puppy by the window was only 5 weeks old.
In my opinion, this petshop owner shouldn't be allowed to maintain a petshop in the first place. *sigh*
anything about those breeds screem the same thing to you???
I did work there I couldn't sell the dogs to save my job, I couldn't lie like she wanted. We had a ltter of min pin chihuahua cross pups come in she wanted me to put the black and tan ones in a kennel and sell tham as pure min pins and the tan ones in a kennel as pure chihuahuas. It is illegal in canada to well a dog as purebred unless it is regestered so alot of them say "min pin like" so they cant be charged.
I know there are people on hre that try to justifyy that the pet shop their pup came form is good, but you don't kow the behind the scenes, you have not seen the puppy sick room, they all have one becasue puppies get sick and you cant let them be seen, and no they are not sunny little pretty infereries they are usually closets, the pet shop I worked at it was the furnice room
Gosh Puppy_Pawz, so sorry for that little Yorkie at your local pet store. I don't know what state you live in, but here, its illegal for pets stores to accept puppies unless they are 8 weeks old. I visit our local pet store some and ask questions, and they don't accept puppies unless they are 8 weeks old. But, they ask high prices, and wont give you any breeder info. I feel so sorry for the puppies in there, sitting in those cages. My girlfriend went to the shelter and adpoted a dog. She wanted me to go, but I would have been in tears and wanted to take all of them home with me. My hat is off to people who donate their time to shelters, but I don't think I could do it. I don't think the pet stores will ever change. They will continue to charge big prices for puppies and not giving a health guarantee and breeder info. I think lots of young people visit pet stores when they want to buy a puppy for their boyfriend/girlfriend. I tell everyone I see wanting a puppy that they should stay away from pet stores. I can't imagine buying a puppy without seeing and playing with its parents. CeCe
that is why u should not buy from a pet store at our local pet store they have dogs like that and they wont tell u nothing i was lookin at a great dane and all they would tell u was its age and the outragious price of like 2,000 dollars and it was like 5mnths old they said it was a discount b/c of his age
yes, same with me. everytime I go to the shelter I feel like adopting all the animals. I've been volunteering at an animal care center (shelter) and it has only been a year that I've been there. But every time a new kitten/puppy/older dog/etc come in, and I sit in the office and listen to the story of their life... I just wanna adopt all of them. you look into their eyes, and all you see is everything but happiness. But all the people who put their time into the shelter do a wonderful job at socializing the animals from "step one" and giving them lots of hugs and kisses.