Mom to Dusty and Indie
Join Date: Oct 2006
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When we were trying to decide about getting a dog again, havanese in particular, I had visited a local breeder, but we hadn't gotten my husband there to see them. We were at the mall and the pet store had one. They got it out and my husband held it, and visibly melted when it snuggled up to him! I knew he'd say yes after that! The sad thing was, that puppy was sick and coughing. It laid it's head on my husband's arm and cuddled because it was miserable. I wonder if it made it to a happy home. It was also about twice the price of what we paid for Dusty, for a healthy, happy dog from a reputable breeder who cares for her dogs and does all the health testing, keeps in touch, answers my questions, and even dogsits when we need it.
I'll add that a friend of ours rescued a dog from a pet store. He's a poodle that had been in the store for months. When they brought him home he had never walked on grass. He supposedly had a health guarantee, but he has bad knees and needs surgery to correct the problem. Their other poodle they rescued from the pound. He came without the guarantee, but is the healthy one.
Other than pity, it just doesn't make sense to me to get a pet store dog. And pity would be more usefully employed keeping other dogs from suffering the same fate as the one behind the glass in the pet store. Buying the poor sick puppy just makes room in the cage for the next one.