People get dogs everyday from so called good breeders and they get sick, die. Not all pets in pet stores come from puppymills. So don't believe that. I say follow your heart and do want you want. Look at max and the love he has given you (and you him). This pup deserves a wondeful home, just as much as a dog from a "good breeder". Another forum I got to has many members there that have bought there dog from pet stores and haven't been sick a day. No genectic defects. Others have came from decent breeders to have all kinds of problems. Puppymills are going to continue until the GOVERNMENT STEPS UP.
Debg, sometimes I am truley surprised with things you say. This is one of those times.
I find it irresponsible to tell someone its ok to buy from a pet store. We all know where they come from. Tell me, what responsible breeder do you know that puts their puppies in a pet shop? Please, give me one. Of course they come from mills. Thats a no brainer.
I went back to see him last night, and I said my goodbyes. I held him, played with him, and cried. If my mom would let me, and if we had the money, I would take that dog in a heartbeat.
NOT all petstore pups are sick. Max has never been sick, apart from having giardia. He has never had 'behavioral problems', which many people are surprised at because poms are supposed to be nippy. He's never bitten anyone, ever. His patella has cleared up because I haven't seen him limp in two months. I went to the vet again this week , and he said he either misdiagnosed it as a fracture/dislocation, or Max has outgrown it, because everything appears in place. Same thing with my old vet, so I got a second opinion. I can honestly say we've been pretty lucky, that he's just like any other dog. He never even gets a tear stain, and he has a beautiful coat.
Debg and lilmonte are right. ONE person does not make a difference, I don't care what anyone says. Wherever the puppy comes from it too, deserves love, and affection. I won't ever agree that leaving that little puppy that I decided to name Gizmo will ever satisfy me. Because it won't. I came home and cried for hours. I took pictures and videos of him to remember him by.
Some dogs stay there for a while, so if that dog is still there in a month when we go back, Im sure my mom will take him home. NO dog deserves that.
We will see. But, I go to the mall around two times a month, now we are not going back to purposely see the dog. But if we happen to go, I will go back and see him.
Sienna your one heck of a young lady. Your mom should be very pround of you. I'm sure you are alot like her so she should also be proud of herself for raising such a wonderful girl. If the next time you go back and gizmo is still there then your right about taking him home. It was probably meant to be but give it at least a week before you return.
No Riley , you surprise me with some of the things YOU say. Get off your soap box. NOT ALL pets from petstores are from puppymills. I could say more on this subject , I'm not going to sit on here and bash other SO called good breeders.
I don't rememer who it was on here who recently lost their dog when he or she got ran over. You were the first there to tell them how irresponsible they were to let that happen. How soon we forget about our own ignorance's.
Debg, that person let their PUPPY run loose with no fence, no tie out, etc. when they lived on a HIGHWAY. That is irresponsible. So don't even go there with me.
Tell me, what breeder that shows/hunts/etc their dogs, has 5+ year health guarantees, does health testing and more, puts their puppies in a pet store? Who? Where? What breed? Oh right.. no one. That means ALL pups from pet stores come from IRRESPONSIBLE BYB's and puppy mills. Thats a fact.
***Edited By: thelifeofriley on 10/7/2006 11:46:12 AM*** Reason: spelling
And sienna, I guess you never really "learned". Nor do you care about the poor parents of that puppy. They are living in more hell than the puppy ever will. Where is your "love and compassion" for them??
***Edited By: thelifeofriley on 10/7/2006 12:08:10 PM*** Reason: add
lol here we go. There is nothing wrong with caring about him, i told you that already. I've been in your shoes, I fell in love with a pet store dog too. The difference is I knew I had to leave him there. I didn't torture myself and take pictures. Why torture yourself Sienna? I left him there and guess what, the store is out of business now. No, me leaving him there didn't put it out of business, but me plus the hundreds of others that made the same choice put it out of business. Yes, ONE person does make a difference.
Oh, Sienna! Of course one person can make a difference! That's where it all starts! It's called the snowball effect. For example, if you tell a couple of friends the reasoning behind not buying a petstore dog, they won't buy dogs from them. They'll tell two friends, who'll tell two friends and so on and so on and pretty soon the whole dang world is not buying dogs from petstores, and the puppymills have nowhere to peddle their goods; they'll be run out of their horrific business!
If all the "one persons" would stop buying petstore dogs, instead of thinking "one person doesn't make a difference," eventually, most, if not all, of the puppymillers would have to close up shop.
Please believe I'm not condemning you for your wonderfully soft heart. I know exactly how you feel, which is the reason I never go to pet stores that sell animals. It's too heartbreaking!
Well said gbrox. I'm not trying to put you down Sienna. Although you always seem to take it that way when the truth is told. The truth is, yes the pup came from a puppy mill. You know that, I know that. Don't torture yourself. Yes, he deserves a loving him, but so do his parents, grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles, that are all trapped in tiny cages in a puppy mill.
***Edited By: thelifeofriley on 10/7/2006 12:40:20 PM*** Reason: *
To the person who said that all petstore dogs don't come from puppymills, you are correct to a point. The ones that don't come from puppymills come from brokers and backyard breeders. No responsible breeder would EVER sell a puppy through a petstore. None. Zero. Nada. As a matter of fact, in the code of ethics for every breed club there is a statement prohibiting this. You are sadly misinformed.
Sienna You sound like a lovely articulate, caring young person with a very large heart. Obviously you really care for this little dog. What would be the best thing for him would be that a strong, loving, and commited person come and give him a wonderful new life. You sound like that person to me. If you can give him a great life, a happy and secure life - then what are you waiting for? This little dog will show his gratitude to you tenfold each and every day after. This is no ones decision to make but your own. And to hell with anyone who bashes you for making that call. Be that dogs hero, he will never let you forget what you've done for him! What it comes down to is his quality of life...shouldn't he have a chance at that asap?
p.s. excuse my quotations...;)
***Edited By: simonsgirl on 10/10/2006 8:17:08 AM*** Reason: x
This little dog will show his gratitude to you tenfold each and every day after.
Too bad that little dog's parents will still be stuck in a crappy puppymill, churning out litter after litter after litter until they are no longer productive. Then they can be shipped off to an auction and purchased by some other scumbag puppymiller (or if they are REALLY lucky, by a breed rescue where they might have a chance at a decent life) where the cycle can start all over again.
What's to be proud of? Buying from petstores supports puppymills. Period.
***Edited By: Houndz2000 on 10/10/2006 2:57:06 PM*** Reason: *
We all respect each other's stances on Puppy Mills. Let's try and respect each other's decisions, whether or not they equal our own......
Lets not and say we did. While they make the decision to buy that pet store puppy, other dogs are dieing. How can I respect someone that is STUPID enough to buy a SECOND dog from a pet store, when they knew where it came from??