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A puppy store is opening by my house

I didn't even think pet stores existed except NYC and Los Angeles, but someone told me that there is one in San Francisco... I thought that was one good thing that PETA had eliminated around here.

The other day, my husband came home and asked me to get in the car because he wanted to show me something. The store isn't even set up, but they had a pen of small puppies by the doorway that they were selling anyway. There was a Yorkie, a Poodle, and definitely one Havanese in there, as well as a couple of others. I couldn't get out of the car to go look closer because the whole thing surprised me.

The place is being set up in a very cute, frou-frou look as if it was going to be some upscale boutique. I'll go back after the store is ready for visitors (even though they welcomed my husband to come inside when he first stopped by) and ask some questions.

Knowing the likelihood of where those puppies came from, it makes me sad, but I can sure see why people go bonkers for pet store puppies. They were adorable. I'm bummed to see them there because of the crates, cages & conditions and lack of socialization they represent.
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I was so sad to read this. I guess as long as people make impulse buying decisions and don't like to wait for a puppy, these puppy stores will continue to do business.

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Oh my!
We have a pet store right here in town that has been in business for a million years. The previous owners recently retired and the pet store was taken over by a different family.
Well, not only has the pet store gotten completely run down and disgustingly dirty, they now sell puppies and kittens. Ewwwwwww
And of course my kids want to go in there every time we are at that shopping center and I can hardly stand the filth!
I can only imagaine if the pet store near you is done in a "high fashion" manner and is clean and well done.....those poor puppies!


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Oh, that would be so disgusting to see, Katie!

Yes, this one looks like it will be very neat and clean with an attempt to look rather elite.

Oh, your comment about puppies & kittens reminded me that these guys boasted to my husband that they are NOT a pet store, just a puppy store. They specialize in pups only. By the looks of the puppies, I would have guessed they were about 7 weeks old, but since that is illegal in California, they must have been about 8 weeks old. They were so tiny! There were probably a few teacup varieties too.
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When should we show up with our "NO PET STORE PUPPIES OR KITTENS" protest signs?? I generally don't agree with 90% of protests in the Bay Area but THIS I would protest! Yikes. Like you, I thought pet stores that sell live animals were a thing of the past.


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That's an idea, Susan! Hmmmm

They picked an odd location that doesn't get a lot of traffic, so I wonder how successful they will truly be, but still...
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Unfortunately, "If you build it they will come", applies to puppy stores, too. We had another new one open in the large open air mall near us. I went in to see what all was there. They had at least 8 different breeds, no Havanese, thank goodness! But, there was a rather large chihuahua puppy there "marked down for quick sale", they were asking $400 for him. It just broke my heart. All of the "breeders" they listed the pups as coming from were either in MO or OK.


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We have a place near by that I'll admit, we frequent often. The kids just love to pet and ooh and ahh over the puppies. Always little things like yorkies, poms, a LOT of designer dogs.
Many are in cages, but the smaller ones are in little glass boxes. (opening at top).
I will say it's super clean. The employee on duty (been the same old lady for yrs now) walks around cleaning up each and every mess as she sees it. Is super insistant that you sanitize your hands between each puppy. Kids can't walk around holding puppies, but can sit and play in their designated play areas. I always see her with a little front pack carrying around a puppy or two. Or playing with one on the counter. She actually seems like she really, really cares for these pups. They also claim they're from breeders that they know. NOT puppy mills. I honestly don't buy it, though.

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We have a pet store here in town that is really gross....they sell puppies,birds,fish,hamster,monkeys,lizards,snakes, ....you get the drift anything and everything to make money. Someone just came in with a pet from there that has parvo...so sad. Makes me what to call them and tell them a few things.

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Oh Kimberly I was hoping you were going to post about a new puppy boutique where you could hang out with your dogs and find fancy clips for keeping the hair our of our havs' eyes... I was thinking this is great timing for me, until I read your post about it being a pet store.

Seriously I think people can only live with themselves when they try and make something "upscale" thinking that the people who will buy these pups will make their lives better than being in the mills, BUT THAT'S MISSING THE POINT! What they don't understand, and this includes well meaning people buying the mill pups, is that they are not saving any pup they are 'voting with the dollars" and keeping these *******s in business.

I've posted about the "puppy farm" in my area called Amaze N Farmyard. They have about 100 of small breed pups to choose from, now including Havanese. All of the people I have known who have purchased a puppy here have done little to no research on the breed they are buying and are buying "on a whim." To me that pretty much exemplifies so much of what we need to work on in this American society...the "I want it now." attitude, that I hope stops with the next generations.
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