There used to be a golden puppy at that pet store I mentioned in above post. Poor boy was 5 months old, BIG boy, in a tiny cage. I went in to visit him weekly. They told me I was the only one he warmed up to... not sure if it was the truth or a plot to get me to take him... but he broke my heart into pieces. I looked into those sad eyes and thought of the sad eyes of his mama. I left him. When I came back the next week he was gone, they didnt tell me what they did with him. But I know what I did was right. They are out of business now... yes it was hard, and I cried, and it hurt. But I couldn't take him home.
And whats the differnce to a byb, puppy mill and someone who has a few litters or maybe even one litter a year but dont show dogs or use them as functioning working dogs? Any puppy bred and sold as a pet is no differnt no matter where they came from. They're in need of a good home and not buying it will not stop puppy mills , back yard breeders, hobbie pet breeders or what ever else you want to call people that sell puppies for profit.
And some puppies are rescued and sold from pet stores like at our local one. They also foster shelter dogs to sell to good homes too.
riley look at all the problems you had with your springer and he was supose to be from a geat breeder who gave you a replacement pupppy who has already started having ear infections too. So wheres your leg to stand on?
*no personal attacks please ^^Then don't bring my dogs into this.
My breeder loves her dogs. They are raised in a loving home and are spoiled rotten. Is more than I can say for alot of people around here. They sleep in bed with ehr at night, they go to nursing homes to spend time with people. She is working with me on the ear issue, I've been talking with her vet for weeks now trying to come up with a solution. So don't even drag my dogs into this.
Her dogs are kept inside. They eat good food. They are loved.
***Edited By: thelifeofriley on 6/3/2006 8:16:40 PM*** Reason: edit
LOL! Got your hackle up eh! Well you got my point. Just because its from a pet shop dont mean it dont need love and dont mean it'll be sick. Puppies from any breeder deserves the best!
The pit I rescued was obviouslly bred for money , fought for money and recused from my love and fed Hi-tek and lives perfectly happy with his family.So the point I'm making is only the person in-love with the puppy can make that choice. Everyone thought I was crazy bring a savagely rasied pit-bull into my home with my 3 kids but I did and I dont regret it. She maynot regret saving that puppy either, less likely to tear he face off too.
Ok everyone, I certainly didn't want this to turn ugly. We all have different opinions, and that is why we're here on a forum. I do not want to see anyone bash anyone else b/c of their opinion. They're like a-holes, everyone has one ;-)
Riley, your dogs have ear infections because they have floppy ears! It's the nature of the beast. I used to have Saints that had awful ear infections, and there was no rhyme or reason to it. If you're happy with your breeder, that's what's important.
I bought my English Bulldog from a breeder and I'm VERY happy with him. My Beagle, I rescued from the shelter, and I adore him. In the past, all my Saints but one was a rescue, and they were the joys of my life....
I believe that all creatures deserve a chance at a happy, loving, stable home, regardless of where they originated from.
Do I want to intentionally go out and support pet stores? Nope. But do I want this puppy to live her life in misery and not know if she will ever know what true happiness is? Nope. Am I the right person to give her that home? Not sure.....I'm still working everything out in my mind. I hope in the meantime that someone else has purchased that puppy and I won't have to think about it.
Walking away tonight was very hard for me because I'm such a nurturer by nature, but I also frequent Petfinder and see the dogs who are abandoned by their families for really stupid reasons and that breaks my heart even more.
Puppies are so easily scooped up and taken home, I think it's so much harder to find homes for the adolescent dogs and even senior dogs who have been abandoned through no fault of their own....
I don't regret walking away but I would never guilt myself if I had taken her home....
Truce and I'm sorry I got my point across so rudely. I know its heart breaking to see a puppy in need of love. I see them for sell at our flea market all the time and I know its not possible to save em all. I got Nap off petfinders and I feel have given him a better life then other poodles I see still on there for adoption. I klnow your heart is heavy and hope you know that you cant save the world so do what you feel is the best for your self.
riley i do not advocate everyone to go to a pet store to buy their new puppy. however the OP's original post stated it was someone buys the dog soon or it goes back to the breeder. i think everyone knows what the pup will be used for if it goes back to the breeder.
so in this instance i believe what is best for this particular puppy is to be bought.
I bought my overpriced Shih Tzu 13 years ago from a puppy mill. I remember being so disgusted how things were and I told my mom in front of the lady that we had to rescue him. Since he was older he was kept in a tiny cat carrier and neglected. It was his first birthday the day I bought him. I never regret it. He turned out to be a beautiful dog and has no health problems. I think if you feel that strongly about the puppy then go save him. It is not his fault he was bred at a puppy mill. They will replace him with another puppy no matter what. It is not going to stop pet stores at all. I say "Go get your puppy"
Oh boy.....here goes......you did the right thing by leaving the mill / BYB puppy at the Pet Store......I am 99.9% sure the person at the store would say anything for pity such as the pup will go back to the breeder. Common lies they tell the public. Worse case scenario the pup will end up in a shelter where it sill most likely get scooped up dirt cheap & fixed to boot! Please DO NOT pay 1 penny for that dog at the pet shop. You would just be making space for another mill dog & helping to contribute to keeping that miller & Broker in business.
In the last few years more & more exposure has been coming to light on these horrid places. Many mills have gone out of business, many are scared of the new laws that are making it tougher on them & certain states are really putting the hammer down hard on mills now too.
I see life as the glass is half full. Yes I can see mills extinct in due time the more people who love animals learn the truth. Look at Animal Planets, COPS SPCA episodes, CNN, 20/20 ......good greif Wizard of Claws just had there day in the spot light in a negative light & the public isn't backing down from them.
Please go to a shelter or rescue instead. You can rescue a mill dog that way with out making profit to the miller / broker.
***Edited By: rhondakbt on 6/3/2006 10:19:17 PM*** Reason: sp
Rhonda - I, too, am 99.99999 % sure I did the right thing. I don't want to add to the profits of puppy mills, and I'm quite sure that this puppy has long since forgotten me. :) - which I was starting to overlook since I assume she is thinking of me just as much as I was thinking of her, but I can guarantee that the second I left that store, she was looking to play with someone else.
This is very helpful in allieviating the guilt I feel for leaving her behind.
I agree that the shelter is the best place to get another dog, not that I was looking to add another dog to my house at this time, but if it happened, we would be ok with it. I love my 2 very much. My Beagle is a rescue and he's around 7 years old (adopted him last Sept) I loved that I didn't have to go through the puppy stages w/him and he blended beautifully into my family....I should count my blessings and stay out of pet stores :)
Thanks everyone for all your advice/opinions and feeback!! I know I did the right thing....
I bought my dog from a petstore, purely because I fell in love with him. We have his breeder's info and kennel name, he has never had any health problems apart from a leg injury but he fell down the stairs. It all varies but not all pet store puppies get sick, some people may disagree but I believe if it's a dog you love you should follow your heart and do what you yourself believe. My puppy is doing fine and is loved, he was only in the store for 2 weeks though when we got him so he did great.
***Edited By: siennalovesmax on 6/3/2006 11:07:13 PM*** Reason: sp
What a horrible decision that must have been. I was in a similar situation. We drove 3 hours away to pick out a jack Russell puppy. As we pulled up in their drive, my heart sank. This place had cages stacked on top of cages and they had about 20 differsnt breeds. Well, the puppies weren't what we were looking for, so as we were leaving they said "too bad you don't want a male we have a 4 month old" So they brought him out and he was all over us. He had those pleading eyes and the thought of him going back into those rabbit size cages killed me so we took him home. He was an awsome little dog. We all loved him so much. With out warning we woke up one morning and he was dead. He was never sick and never showed any sings of being sick. We never knew what happened to him. It was prob. somthing bred into him, but at least for two years he had a happy life instead of living in a cage... this dog was so smart (or so tired of stepping in his own fecal matter) that when we would crate him he would back up to the wire door and pooh out the bars.
It is very hard to walk away and your not a bad person for doing it
I think you did the right thing. I too enjoy going to petshops to look at the puppies. But I won't ask them to take the puppies out of the cages anymore. It's too hard to walk away afterwards. Also, I won't buy anything from them either since I don't agree with them supporting puppymills and bybs.