In the city that I live in, Lincoln, 250,000 people, we are very lucky that there are very few dogs in our shelter and no small or medium dogs. When they do get a small dog in, it is adopted before the pictures are posted on the website. Unfortunately this keeps our single pet store that sells puppies in business, the Pet Doctor (can you believe that name?).
Today while Beth and I were at the small dog, dog park with the 6 dogs, I heard 3 different groups of people reference this place as to where their dogs came from.
It is so frustrating and infuriating to me. I know that many of these people, if not all of them, would not buy their puppies there or shop there if they knew they were supporting puppy mills, they just need to be educated, but it sure can get discouraging sometimes.
There were actually 2 different families there with "Scottie-doodles" from this place that they figured were from 2 different litters. "Oh I bet they are brothers from the same breeder!" the women squealed with delight, as if there was some nice old man sitting in a nice warm house raising "Scottie-doodles" to take on over to the Pet Doctor for strangers to buy.
I have decided I want a shirt that I can wear whenever I go there that has a simple message about not buying puppies from a pet store. Pet shops puppies = puppy mill puppies, something like that...has anyone seen anything like that?
I already look like that crazy dog lady, now I'll be sounding like the crazy dog lady too so I think a nice tee shirt might get the message across best.