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those darn puppy mills
So many of those dear sweet ones in Livonia are puppy mill babies and their moms. It is just tragic that these places still exist, and the pet stores who purchase them.
So many of the dogs that end up at Havanese Rescue, too, are puppies from pet stores often taken away from their moms before the recommended ten to twelve weeks. They haven't learned bite inhibition or puppy manners they would learn from a healthy dam.
Folks want a dog, and they want it fast. Many great breeders have long waiting lists or don't want to place a puppy with tiny children...so people go to petshops. Or one-day-pets. Or even buy at a puppy mill auction. These dogs haven't had the benefit of a healthy mom to teach them manners or not to fear. They haven't had the benefit of health testing. And many of them are sick. Worse yet, they struggle with issues for life.
Many dogs are resilient. With love, consistency, and care. Ah...
I didn't just get havanese, I got a lifestyle!
Loving Havanese since 2003