You will never get a healthy dog! Those of you that have been thru hell and back buying from a puppy store...then please post your experience.
People, if you buy from a petstore you are contributing to puppy mills and that is a travesty! Please google Oprahs story on puppy mills...it is absolutely heartbreaking!
When I was ready for a new member to my family, I researched different breeds. ALWAYS drawn to the English Bulldog, Pug, Frenchy! Smooshy faced babies...I went into a puppy store here in Vegas.
I SWARE TO GOD IT WAS AS IF EVERY DOG HAD BEEN DRUGGED, TAKEN SLEEPING PILLS! They were all lathargic, and non responsive! very scarey. I went back the next day, and things seemed a little more normal. Dogs were awake and running around. Ok...
I was obsesses with the EB's, my goodness they are so funny. I asked the lady "how much" she said $3500.00! ARE YOU FRIKEN KIDDING ME!? I never intended on purchasing from her...just thought I would play devils advocate!
so for $3500 I get a dog that limps, has rotted teeth (not even a yr old)and mites. Those were the OBVIOUS problems. It was so heartbreaking people!!
I left devistated. NEVER BUY FROM A PET STORE!!! NEVER NEVER NEVER! Buy from a REPUTABLE BREEDED (OFTEN LESS EXPENSIVE)or even better yet RESCUE A SWEET BABY THAT NEEDS A HOME! :)
I went home and researched breeders in my area and found the most amazing breeder (now a great friend) and have a bully named Mugsy that is perfect! He is the love of my life.
Since he has come into my life, I have met other neurotic bulldog owners, joined the English Bulldog Club of Nevada...and the rest is history! I just rescued a darling girl, 3 yrs old., seems to be an alpha (my Mugsmiester isn't so happy with the new chick)...working it out as best I can. I always turn to my fellow bulldoggers for advice and laughter!
Don't ever feel like you are helping at least one by purchasing a pup either. You are never rescueing or helping the one. You care condemming thousands of others. The only way to shut down the mills is to never buy a pup from a pet store, no matter how cute, or how bad you feel.
I also refuse to shop at any pet store who sells puppies. I drive 30 mins to get my dog food, when the pet store down the street sells it. I will never in any way support that store for any reason as long as there is a dog in the window.
I have posted this before but it goes with this thread! PLEASE NEVER EVER BUY FROM A PET STORE!!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
never buy a puppy from a pet store. animal planet had a show about petland. he went under cover in puppy mills and they did admit that they have supplied petland. alot of these puppies are sick some may die.better going to a breeder if you want a pure breed puppy and look around in the kennels and where the dogs are living