Ok everyone, I just left the mall after seeing a 6 mth old Shih Tzu puppy. I was told that she was $499 and they would take a *best offer* on her because of her age. She was going to go back to the *breeder* (ya right) b/c she's getting too old.....I played with her for a good 45 mins and she was the SWEETEST little thing and I have ALWAYS wanted a Shih Tzu so......................
I walked away. I did not buy her but I know I could have easily been talked into it. I tried to remember that she is a puppy mill puppy and she most likely would have health issues later on in life, etc. But I have to be honest it broke my heart leaving her b/c she has spent the last 4 mths of her life in a cage and you could tell she was THRILLED to be out and playing with someone.
LOL ... sorry but seriously i would go back and get her ;) no way in heckwould i allow her to go back to the breeder so she could be stuffedd into a tiny cage and bred over and over again like her mom and dad.
Buying her will only mean another puppy will take her place. the more dogs they cant sell the more it means they can go out of business. You DID the right thing. I know how hard it was to leave her....
i did tell someone once to go back to the petstore for a frenchie pup that had attached himself to her. i dont think that was the right advice though. no matter how you look at it, buying from a petstore is only helping to contribute to the puppymill business. they will remain in business as long as the customers keep them there.
stdogz... I think you did the right thing. And anyone who would have taken her... would also have done the right thing. It is a lose/lose situation all the way around, and I think the most important thing is whether YOU wanted a dog, were looking at Shih Tzu's anyway, and were ready for that kind of a dog. If not... then you did the right thing. I know that I want to take home EVERY one I see. I ask my boyfriend about four times a week to "come look at this cutie... we could..." and he ALWAYS makes me say now. And for us, he is absolutely right. We aren't ready for another.
SO.... don't beat yourself up. There is, unfortunatley, ALWAYS one in need and you just can't get them all.
Its funny how one can be bashed for purchasing puppies from a pet store but all the food and supplies are ok.(?) I say if you fell in love, the puppy is already on this planet and you can afford it..then.....Whats the chance of it going to a better home than yours? Can they give you a health garentee or breeders name or anything that can prove the puppy was not from a puppy mill? Not all pet store puppies are from puppy mills.Go back and ask lots of questions and look over thier contract for any red flags that may look like a good reason not to buy the puppy.
I would have left with her also. I don't go into pet stores that sell puppies cause I wouldn't be able to walk away. :( Go back and rescue her ! lol I belong to another pet forum who members bought pet store puppies not knowing about puppy mills,and they haven't had any problems with their babies.
I've always been anti pet store puppy buyer (if that makes any sence lol) Although whenever boredom hit a girlfriend and I would take a ride to the pet store and spend a few hours sniffing puppy breath lol (I'm weird I know) We had gone one saturday and I fell head over heals in LOVE with the most adorable little cocker! I wanted her so bad it hurt. They were asking $1100 for her. At the time, Morgan was close to a yr old, I was in college part time and I knew I couldn't afford the possible health problems she might of had. In spite of all that I lied to my dad about needing books, and wanting to sign up for another class. The next day I went to the pet store money in hand. I sat with the puppy for an hour weighing what I was about to do. In the end I kissed her head, said a little prayer that she would find a loving home and I left her there. I haven't stepped foot in another puppy store since.....that was to close for comfort lol. IMO you did the right thing. You didn't give a puppy mill $. Sure the next person who walks in will, but it will be blood on their hands, not yours.
the harsher reality of all of it is that commercial breeding places will never be shut down. waay too much money to be had and paid out to the "right" people.
someone may buy her and then toss her in to a shelter in a month or so when they ralize how hard it is going to be housetraining a puppy who has spent so many months soiling in its crate. hopefully then some rescue will come along and take her or she will be euthanized. or she goes back to the breeder to continue the cycle of pumping out pups.
or she goes to a home that appreciates her and understands that it wasn't her fault she is here. she didn't ask to be born and is just as deserving of a good home as the next pup out there anywhere.
Oh it's so hard because I know if I buy her, I'm opening up the spot for another one but if I do buy her, then I KNOW she will live the rest of her life in comfort and security....oh decisions decisions.....
I know all about where the puppies come from and all about puppy mills etc, and I know that they will never be truly shut down, and unfortunately if I give them my business I am encouraging them to continue....ugh...
They do offer 3 guarantees on the puppy. The first is a 48 hr compatibility guarantee to make sure she will fit into our household. They refund your money 100%.
2nd guarantee is a 2 wk health guarantee. If she is found with any diseases they will replace her or refund your money 100%.
The 3rd is a one year genetic guarantee, if a vet determines that she has any genetic faults that render her not suitable as a pet, they will replace her with another pup upon return, and we all know she will not be returned....
I guess it's better than nothing, but something inside me makes me just think that there are so many other dogs in the shelters that need my help more, you know???? Oh why did I even go into that place??? :(
puppy mill, byb same difference so why continue to help them? Have you ever seen a pet store offer more than a 48hr health guarantee? Do pet stores prove that parents have been genetically tested? Do they tell you a single thing about the puppies parents? No, no, no, and no! I have only seen one pet store I would actually purchase a dog from and it was PRIVATLY owned by four breeders who gave lifetime gaurantees on all of their puppies, who would take them back if needed, and allowed possible buyers to visit their homes and see the parents first hand. Find me a pet store that does all that and I'll stand by it 100%. Untill then the best thing to do would be educate others and put the mills and byb out of business for good.
This is ridiculous. I can't believe vet techs and people that love their pets would actually tell someone its ok to buy a pet store puppy.
Fact is, if you do not buy that puppy, they lose that profit on her. If that happens with alot of their dogs, they will go out of business. Instead of buying taht puppy and supporting the store, the puppy mill owner, and supporting misery to her mama, go out and post flyers educating people about puppy mills. That will be the greatest help to that puppy.
There used to be a pet store in my town. Myself, and some others, started posting flyers about puppy mills on the phone poles across the street. We told everyone about their sick puppies. People stopped buying, they are now out of business.
***Edited By: thelifeofriley on 6/3/2006 7:23:01 PM*** Reason: add
You know pet shops that sell dogs/cats went out of business in my area. I don't know of one in the past 10 years or so. If people quit buying from them, they will shut down, period.
A way to avoid the heartache like this and to send the real message loud and clear is to not go in a pet store that sells puppies for any reason. Don't go there to buy a bag of dog food or a cat toy. Nothing. Don't go in to the store. If every one did that they would be out of business in a year.