A friend of mine is looking into purchasing a GSD puppy. I had a GSD bitch for 10 years and she fell in love with her. She now seems to believe all GSDs are exactly the same as my girl was.
She, imho, is looking at all the wrong places [bybs,pet store etc.] I have been trying to make her see the error in this but her argument is this: My GSD was from healthy stock. Her dam and sire had testing done [hips,elbows, PRA, and etc] Plus both were over the age of 3 when bred. The sire was a schutzhund trained boy,the dam did herding and therapy. My girl ended up with HD and severe food allergies. My friend says the money and time I put into finding my girl was ridiculous considering these ailments. She also says testing the parents was pointless because of these issues. My argument: Healthwise she wasn't perfect but she was the BEST dog I have ever owned. Temperment was top notch. And her breeder was next to saintly imo. When I informed him of the issues he promptly sent me a FULL REFUND [after seeing vet statements]. I was offered a pup from a different litter and he even paid a portion of her meds/vet bill. He also culled both parents [spayed/neutered]. I don't know what else I can say to sway her. Any info or links would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
SAD STORY I DO REMEMBER THE DAY I was taken from Mom. I was so sad and scared, my milk teeth had only just come in, and really should have been with Mom still, but she was so sick, and the Humans kept saying that they wanted money and were sick of the "mess" that me and my sister made. So we were crated up and taken to a strange place. Just the two of us. We huddle together and were scared, still no human hands came to pet or love us.
MANY SIGHTS and sounds, and smells! We are in a store where there are may different animals! Some that squawk! Some that meow! Some that peep! My sister and I are jammed into a small cage. I hear other puppies here. I see humans look at me, I like the "little humans", the kids. They look so sweet, and fun, like they would play with me!
ALL DAY WE STAY in the small cage, sometimes mean people will hit the glass and frighten us, every once in a while we are taken out to be held or shown to humans. Some are gentle, some hurts us, we always hear "Awe they are so cute! I want one!" But we never get to go with any.
MY SISTER DIED last night, when the store was dark. I lay my head on her soft fur and felt the life leave her small thin body. I had heard them say she was sick, and that I should be sold at a "discount price" so that I would quickly leave the store. I think my soft whine was the only one that mourned for her as her body was taken out of the cage in the morning and dumped.
TODAY, A FAMILY came and bought me! Oh happy day! They are a nice family, they really, really wanted me! They had bought a dish and food and the little girl held me tenderly in her arms. I love her so much! The mom and dad say what a sweet and good puppy I am! I am named Angel. I love to lick my new humans!
THE FAMILY TAKES such good care of me, they are loving and tender and sweet. They gently teach me right and wrong, give me good food, and lots of love! I want only to please these wonderful people! I love the little girl and enjoy running and playing with her.
TODAY, I WENT to the veterinarian. It was a strange place and I was frightened. I got some shots, but my best friend the little girl held me softly and said it would be OK. So I relaxed. The Vet must have said sad words to my beloved family, because they looked awfully sad. I heard severe hip dysphasia and something about my heart?. I heard the vet say something about backyard breeders and my parents not been tested. I know not what any of that means, just that it hurts me to see my family so sad. But they still love me, and I still love them very much!
I'M 6 MONTHS OLD now. Where most other puppies are robust and rowdy, it hurts me terribly just to move. The pain never lets up. It hurts to run and play with my beloved little girl, and I find it hard to breathe. I keep trying my best to be the strong pup I know that I am supposed to be, but it is so hard. It breaks my heart to see the little girl so sad, and hear the Mom and Dad talk about "it might now be the time". Several times I have went to that veterinarian place, and the news is never good. Always talk about congenital problems. I just want to feel the warm sunshine and run, and play and nuzzle with my family.
LAST NIGHT WAS the worst, pain has been my constant companion now, it hurts even to get up and get a drink. I try to get up but can only whine in pain. I am taken in the car one last time. Everyone is so sad, and I don't know why. Have I been bad? I try to be good and loving, what have I done wrong? Oh if only this pain would be gone! If only I could soothe the tears of the little girl. I reach out my muzzle to lick her hand, but can only whine in pain.
THE VETERINARIAN'S TABLE is so cold. I am so frightened. The humans all hug and love me, they cry into my soft fur. I can feel their love and sadness. I manage to lick softly their hands. Even the vet doesn't seem so scary today. He is gentle and I sense some kind of relief for my pain. The little girl holds me softly and I thank her, for giving me her love. I feel a soft pinch in my foreleg. The pain is beginning to lift, I am beginning to feel a peace descend upon me. I can now softly lick her hand. My vision is becoming dreamlike now, and I see my Mother and my brothers and sisters, in a far green place. They tell me there is no pain there, only peace and happiness. I tell the family, good-bye in the only way I know how, a soft wag of my tail and a nuzzle of my nose. I had hoped to spend many, many moons with them, but it was not meant to be. "You see," said the veterinarian, "Pet shop puppies do not come from ethical breeders."
THE PAIN ENDS now, and I know it will be many years until I see my beloved family again. If only things could have been different.
This story may be published or reprinted in the hopes that it will stop unethical breeders and those who breed only for money and not for the betterment of the breed. Copyright 1999 J. Ellis
Copy the story that I posted above and let her read it. There is never a full guarrenty that something will not go wrong but if you buy from a good breeder they will be there for you and the testing helps. When buying from a pet store-puppy mill they don't care if there is something wrong with the parents they just care about the money and will breed sick dogs just to get it!
That story bring tears to my eyes, I work for a Vet and we see that way to much. I wish people would understand that these dogs can live 10-14 years if bred proper, I wish people would look closer to where these puppies come from. breeders who care DO NOT sell to pet stores, they want to know where their puppies are going and want updates on how they are growing. If a breeder doesn't care about who buys their puppies then they need to stop breeding.
I agree! I have had that story for two years and still cry every time I read it. If people just knew where puppies are coming from when they buy from pet stores and that if they did not buy them they would shut them down. It may cost a bit more to get a well bred heath tested puppy. But there are so many benafits to having a breeder that will be there for you if there is a probablem.