Tritia, that was very well said. I think everyone would agree that you rock and that by adopting Bodie, you've basically cancelled any Karmic petmill thing and you love Cooper and he's healthy now and that's what is important now.
I didn't purchase my dane from a pet store, but I did buy him from a "breeder" and I honestly don't even want to call her that, that set off a ton of red flags for me...which I didn't heed and instead fell in love with the puppy that she brought to meet me. I later referred a friend of mine to her (she had lost her Chinese Crested and this lady also bred these) and my friend went to visit her "farm." What she told me about the living conditions of the Danes and Cresteds was diabolical. Danes are extremely sensitive people dogs and these dogs were kept in kennels outside. They absolutely do not have the stature for being outside physically or emotionally. My friend did not want anything to do with this "breeder."
Mainly she does her "business" through the internet now, and nowhere does it say she is doing any health testing.
I had a lot of behavioral and physical issues with my Dane from an early age. At six months he was diagnosed with arthritis, which was crippling to him in his later years. At two years old, I spent hours working with a rescue organization and the woman from my local Dane club to figure out how I could live safely with two small children and a dog who was becoming fear aggressive, a dog who could easily kill a small child. I loved this dog, but obviously my children's safety was my main concern. I got some great advice from this woman and worked with my Dane's issues and although he was extremely fearful in some circumstances he came great strides with his confidence and trust. He was an "older puppy" at 18 weeks when I got him from the "breeder" and because she already had younger puppies she gave me a "deal."
Well, obviously I paid for my "deal."
I loved my Dane furiously and I don't regret having him in my life as he taught me so much about "fantasy of owning a dog" vs. "the reality of being a responsible dog owner." He also taught me that if you are planning on getting a dog based on research you've done about a purebred, if you really want them to be accurate to the breed's standard you absolutely must go to a reputable, responsible breeder! And, obviously, because we are dog lovers here, we do not and will not support puppy mills! I don't know how those people look themselves in the mirror.
Again I applaud Tritia and her adoption of Bodie. I am not surprised that he is such a lover. My mixed breed rescue dog that I grew up with as a kid was one of those one in a lifetime dogs (although now that I have Posh, I'm thinking I've been blessed with two of those!).
The other day someone told me they got a new puppy whilst I was waiting for my daughter to come out of her preschool class. She said it was a "toy lab." I asked her what that meant. She said, "Oh it's some kind of terrier, I don't know what, that looks like a lab puppy forever. I got it at that Amaze N Farmyard (basically a pet store that has hundreds of small breed puppies, in the country posing as a farm). I wanted to
and educate her, but I didn't have it in me that day. I try to do as much "educating" to people before they go somewhere like that.
I got this off the Shake a Paw website:
Why not buy a puppy from a breeder, instead of Shake A Paw?
When deciding to purchase a puppy, there are many advantages to visiting your local Shake A Paw puppy store rather than finding a breeder. First, we have an enormous selection of puppies. We can offer a variety of breeds, price ranges, and temperaments. A breeder will typically have only 1 litter of pups and your selection will be limited to the particular breed of pups that they have.
Second, Shake A Paw has an incredible, unmatched health guarantee. A breeder, though they may offer some sort of health policy, would not be able to afford you the same guarantee as the Shake A Paw lifetime guarantee.
Most important, the experienced staff at Shake A Paw is there to help you decide on a puppy that is right for you and we are here for you, 7 days a week to answer any questions you may have after you take your new puppy home. Our staff members include experts in the areas of training, grooming and puppy health care.
What a frickin' joke!