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ok..so the title sounds worse than what this thread is going to be about, but here we go.
Today I'm going home to visit family and while I was on the plane there was a lady who'd just travelled to oklahoma to pick up her teeny tiny yorkie terrier. Of course we discussed dogs and where I'd gotten mine and where she'd gotten hers and the more she talked the more I wanted to pop her upside the forehead like that V-8 commercial!!!
Here's her story... She got this dog as a companion to her older yorkie..who she purchased at a pet store for 2500 dollars (yikes!!!) ..well..when she got the first one home she said he had massive amounts of health problems including but not limited to, a collapsed lung!!!!
Carrying on with this story, she said the pet shop had all the paperwork so she contacted the breeder to which her first puppy came from!!! AFTER ALL THAT SHE'D GONE THROUGH!! ..well no surprise, he was a breeder out of Oklahoma. So she travelled from NEW JERSEY to Oklahoma to get her new puppy..and the way she described where she'd been it just amazed me that she was so clueless!!! She said that the breeder had yorkies, malties, and some other dog..but they had to have about 200 yorkies all in kennels outside and all of them were unsocialized because they were barking like crazy when they saw people! she paid 500 dollars because she didn't want to pay 2500 dollars at a pet shop again.. The whole time she's telling me this I'm like..'HEELLOOOO Did you NOT know you were at a puppy mill???? 200 dogs???? ' But you can't SAY that to someone on a plane..it's just rude!
So I tried to educate her for further endeavors in puppy buying. I told her to look for local breeders that don't have large kennels and have only one litter at a time. That you can tell if a puppy is cared for and it's worth the sacrifice financially to buy a puppy that was born in a loving environment where they were cared for by hand by someone who loves their dogs. If she's willing to pay 2500 dollars for a dog, she should be ok with going through a private breeder..especially for a yorkie!!
I reverted her to puppyfind because that's where I got capote and told her that it was a better site than what the pet shop could give her. That and since the breeders were local at the very least she could go and visit the sight and if she wasn't comfortable she could easily walk away instead of flying to the middle of the country to find a puppy! I forgot to mention a forum or a reference program but now that I'm thinking about it I wish I did..
It just makes me wonder if noones seen Animal planet!!??? How can you watch Animal Patrol and not instantly be informed about puppymills and how to spot one??? The information is just so prevalent! There's a pet shop in dallas that you walk into and you instantly know it's a bad place...And she had that feeling, but still bought the dog!! She didn't seem to have one regret in either case about getting her dogs where she did so I tried to tread lightly.. But it was just heartbreaking to know that more money went into that industry instead of to someone who really cared for the puppy that they were raising..
At the very least, one dog went to a good home instead of having to grow up there..