My sister's friend is going to get ANOTHER Pug from PetLand soon, and I need some info on puppy mills and pet store pups. I e-mailed her some pictures of mills, but I don't think it worked. She is just going to think she's saving the dog if she buys it.
Please help, I need links, pictures, anything! I have to change this girls mind!
I have a mill dog. And while she is in great health (thank god) She sure isn't wired right. It isn't something I'd willingly ever do myself. Buying a mill dog. Taking her out in public and having her be super shy, and scared is often enough to educate people.
Maybe she's just fighting you or being stubborn. So why not take a different and positive approach.
It sounds like the first one was purchased from a pet store, and obviously she was satisfied. Instead of making it sound like it was a bad decision to buy the first one there, how about suggesting that she look at buying from a breeder this time. That way she'll have the support of a breeder in case there is any trouble with the puppy and making the introduction of the 2 pugs-which I'm sure they'll be no trouble. As a breeder (not of pugs) my clients have remarked many times how fun it has been to work with the breeder-I send pics, updates, educate them, tell them stories about the parents, work with them afterwards and they send me pics and come visit often. It's a totally different experience than just walking in and picking out a puppy and my clients have felt it was very rewarding.
You can only send her so many pics and articles for shock and awe, but taking a different approach may be what will work for you.
***Edited By: myshadow on 9/19/2006 9:29:16 PM*** Reason: add
Myshadow has a good point. When we bought Maggie from a breeder, we actually met Maggie's mom and dad (and grandmother!) before she was even born! The breeder sent us pictures when the litter was born, and updated photos each week. We got to meet the litter when they were 5 weeks old. And of course, again when we picked her up. We were able to choose which pup we wanted (after the breeder selected her pup). It was a great experience. We also have a written health guarantee and still keep in touch with the breeder, and Maggie is now 1 1/2 years old now.
People often think they are saving these puppies when they buy at pet stores, but as long as people buy, the millers will keep breeding, and the mothers of these pups are condemed to a living hell.The only way to stop puppy mills is to not buy from pet stores and go to a shelter, rescue, or responsible breeder.