Sienna, I know how you feel. I had always purchased my dog food from a local pet store. I had to find a new place because everytime I stepped into the store, they had all these cute puppies. It's hard to walk by and leave them.
I did not know about Puppymills either when I bought my mutt. I just fell in love with her. I did research purebred Pomeranians for months prior. I contacted breeders, etc. Most (small breed) breeders will not even consider you when you have children. That's another story.
The decision is yours (and your mom's) to make. You go with your heart. That puppy will go to someone else if not you.
Just wondering if the people that think its ok to support puppy mills have even looked at any of these links like prisoners of greed?If not please look at them. My sister bought her first dog at a pet store, when I told her about puppy mills she was horrified.She had no idea.She bought her next pup from a reputable breeder. Ignorance is one thing, but when you know about the conditions these dogs are kept in, how can anyone think its ok?
I try to stay out of discussions like this one, but I had to step in this time. I too use to go to pet store and look at those cute puppies there and think it is so sad they are sitting there with no real love to be given to them. I stopped going there! Anyway, I have been researching Papillons for quite some time. I would love to have one. With my searches, I have found several quite nicely breed dogs. I am sorry to say, but that is one very poorly breed dog! Have you checked out the standards for Papillons? I know you are only after a pet but I would be so worried about what problems would occur further down the road. I am sorry if I stepped on any toes here, but that is how I feel!!
Take a look at the first picture on the left. See the dog lying down? Know why? It's dead and had been for some time. This is one of the busts I participated in. The female miller pulled a gun on the humane officers and got herself a trip to jail and fine for her trouble.
See the picture at the bottom? That barn had NO windows. There was ZERO light in the building. Ventilation either. No heat, no AC, no nothing. Just sick and poorly bred bulldogs. This was one of the worst. I have seldom seen dogs in such bad shape.
Wanna know the worst? As neglected and abused as they were, they still wagged their tails and licked your hand. Puppymillers should all rot in h*ll. People who support them should join them.
Saying that it is "your decision and nobody else's" is fine.
Just don't make it seem like she should not take into account the truth behind everything, and disregard what everyone is telling her, which is truthful, and everyone knows it. It's best to educate. And nobody can just know everything on their own, people need to be pushed and pulled. Sometimes one person's action is best left undone.
Luvmypom, You are very safely not in the "rot in you-know-where" category, in my opinion. You did not ever intend to support such atrocities, you didn't know. I wouldn't have known either a few years ago. In fact, kudos to you for not stubbornly ignoring the facts about puppymills and encouraging others to support them just because you own and love a pet store dog.
As far as people who KNOW about where the pet store dogs come from and STILL pay money to the pet stores, enabling the mills to continue.. and those who encourage others to do so, knowingly.... I agree with the whole Rot in You-know-where principle. I mean for the love of Moses, look at the links, they are not made up, they are reality.
lovmypom- if you didn't know your dog came from a mill, then you did nothing wrong. Just like Sienna did nothing wrong when she got Max. But she told us time and time again "Its ok I got Max because I didnt know, but now I've learned." If she buys this dog, she will knowingly be supporting puppy mills and contributing to that abuse. That IS animal abuse in my opinion. Sorry Sienna, I'm just "saying how I honestly feel".