My friend's mother has a pet shop and it's kind of popular around the place. And she told me a few days ago (I had no time to post it here) that she could give me the cheapest price and some of the dog treats free. I wanted to buy a Westie so Snowball could have a friend but they didn't have any and they recommended a Yorkie. They said the cheapest they could give was RM1600 or RM1550. Nothing lesser than that. I can't make my mind, Snowball has been really lonely these days and I needed to do something.. Which my idea was to get a friend for her. Is this a bad idea?
First of all, I'm not sure how pet stores work over there, but here, they are nothing more than a death sentence for most animals. The "breeders" mass produce these puppies and make a bundle off the pet stores, not to mention that most pets are of poor health and quality. You remember the horrible condition you found Snowball in...
Snowball is what, 9-10 weeks old now? Are you sure that you're ready for a new puppy already? Give her lots of love and attention and I'm sure she is going to be just fine. You can spoil her all you want!
I'm not trying to talk you out of getting another puppy, but it's really a lot of work and responsibility having multiple pets. If you feel you must get her a friend, what about a rescue or shelter? Do you have those there? I'm just really against the pet store thing.
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I'm not sure what pet stores are like in your country but in the USA pet store puppies come from places called puppymills. You can google the word puppymill and read all about what types of places they are. we try here to discourage people from buying their dogs from pet stores because we know where they come from. It is a very sad thing because these puppies did not ask to be born and now that they are they really deserve a nice home with someone who will love them like they deserve to be loved and cared for. Unfortunately pet stores work on the principle of supply and demand. If people keep buying, puppymillers keep producing and the cycle continues.
As far as getting Snowball a friend I would suggest waiting until she is 6 months to a year old. Puppyhood is a very trying time for most people. Some liken it to the terrible 2 stage most toddlers go through and the teenage years at the same time. Since you are new to dog ownership, you might want to just have Snowball to concentrate on and get her through the puppy stage first and then decide. I think every owner should have at least 2 dogs. Dogs are pack animals and while they readily adapt to us as their pack, there are certain things they get from other dogs that benefit them and that we just cannot provide for them.
When the time comes to add another dog to your household, I would suggest trying an animal shelter first. You can find lots of lovely dogs there that really need a good home.
Okay, then, I will wait for Snowball to be 6 months or more until I get another Terrier dog friend for her.
And I visited a shelter near my house and the dogs were real big there. Like a little bigger than Golden Retrievers. No the pet stores here aren't death sentence for animals. They don't keep many animals except the fish part. Whenever I visit the pet store, I walk everywhere, every animal section and when I go to the fish section, I see some dead fishes (around 1 or 2) and they're floating in the fish tanks. It's either the people there are too lazy to clean them up or something else.