How much is that doggie in the window?

Posted on February 21, 2012 by admin There have been 0 comments


Puppy For Sale

It's a cute little tune that we all know, but the message is not nearly as cute as it sounds.  Buying that cute little puppy in the window has been a very traditional thing to do for generations.  In the 1940's, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) presented a new crop to struggling farmers, puppies.  It was easy for farmers to convert their chicken coops and other farm buildings into puppy raising facilities, so many did.  It wasn't until the 60's that people really began to find out about the horrible conditions these puppies were coming from.  In the Animal Welfare act of 1966, federal guidelines were set forth for the conditions of these puppy breeding facilities.  Unfortunately, puppy mill operators have been finding loopholes in the system ever since.

We, at Bitch and Stud Chic, have taken a position against the practice of substandard and inhumane dog breeding.  We are also strong supporters of responsible pet ownership, and that includes spay and neuter for all of our pets.  Whatever we can do to help better the lives of pets all over the world, we will do it!  For this reason, we have made it our company policy not to sell our products to stores that sell puppies or kittens.

We wholeheartedly believe in adopting pets and supporting responsible breeders.  If you’re looking to add a pet to your family, we recommend you look at rescuing first.  You might be able to find a perfect pet and save a life at the same time!  The reason we recommend to steer clear of pet stores is because their animals come from pet brokers for puppy mills, not responsible breeders.  No responsible breeder would ever sell their puppies or kittens to a pet store; but their sales pitch usually involves the term “breeder” and they trick people with it all the time.  Even if you think buying that puppy from the pet store will really save its life, your not doing anyone a favor.  As soon as you buy that puppy you have just given the store a reason to buy another puppy, perhaps of the same breed to put in their place.  We know it’s hard, but you are not rescuing or adopting when you buy a pet from these stores.

 

Puppy mills with overcrowding and substandard living conditions

 

We know people who have bought from pet stores, and won’t look down on them for that.  It was lack of knowledge on their part when they did it.  So let’s educate ourselves and share our knowledge to help reduce cruelty, overpopulation and homeless pets.  The first killer of pets in the U.S. is euthanasia, so lets do something about it!

What makes a breeder a responsible breeder you say?  Here are some things to look for.

If you get you're pet from a responsible breeder, you will most likely sign a pet contract with them.  Meaning, this puppy/kitten will be sold solely as a pet and not for show.  The contract will state that you will be required to spay or neuter at a certain age, usually around 6 months.  This helps with irresponsible breeding and our ever-growing overpopulation of homeless pets.  Most breeders will hold the breed papers until given proof of the spay or neuter.  In case your unaware of the term “papers” here’s a quick definition.  When someone says “papers” they are referring to a registration club for purebred dogs and their pedigrees.  For reputable breeders in the U.S., this club is the AKC (American Kennel Club), which is the largest purebred dog registry in the world.  They promote responsible dog ownership and do amazing things for canine health through research, and of course organize dog shows and competitions.  They have strict requirements for registration.  The main requirement is that the dog’s parents must also be registered to accept the offspring.  Don’t be fooled by other registration clubs such as APR (American Pet Registry).  Pet stores will usually use the term “papers” to make you think their animals are AKC registered, but in fact they are usually referring to papers from APR, which is basically a scam as part of their sales pitch.

Responsible breeders will usually have certain tests done before breeding a dog to test for breed specific or hereditary diseases to help ensure that they should not be passed onto their offspring.  Some breeds are more susceptible to certain hereditary diseases; make sure you familiarize yourself with your breed’s common hereditary diseases so you can ask the breeder if they have tested for it.  Looks are deceiving when it comes to hereditary diseases.  Sometimes a disease will not present symptoms until much later in life.  A responsible breeder will want to know about any issues that come later in the animal’s life so they can decide if it is an issue with the line.  An inexperienced or negligent breeder can easily be breeding offspring with high likelihood of diseases and not even know it.  Even if you tell an irresponsible breeder about a disease that your pet is diagnosed with, they will usually continue to breed the line.

 

Baby Chance (our stud) with his mom and sister! This crate is in the breeders living room, not in a facility full of other dogs. Chance and his sister having a little snack while playing in the yard at the breeders house.

 

Another thing is, the amount of litters being whelped. You should make sure that mama is healthy and not being over-bred.  Most breeders will only breed a dog at most once every couple of years.  So, all you impulse purchasers are out the door and you will probably have to be put on a waiting list.  Then, you must be patient or even better, adopt from a rescue organization!

Lastly, and the most important part of your pet contract should say, “I (breeder) will accept the puppy/kitten back at any time, for any reason.”  If your breeder truly cares, they will do anything in their power to care for their puppy/kitten because, after all, they took that life on as their responsibility when they chose to breed.

So, next time you hear your friend say I just want to have one litter because I know the puppies would be so cute!  Keep in mind all of those sweet animals being put to sleep because they ran out of cage room at the shelter.

Life on this earth is very precious and we find more and more that our buying decisions are making a difference.  So, we ask everyone to educate themselves and choose wisely when deciding where to get a pet.

To support our efforts in stopping puppy mills and saving animals in need, you can contribute by purchasing one of our Wristbands For Charity.  Alll of the proceeds from our wristbands go directly to Hearts United For Animals (HUA).  HUA is a great organization that rescues and finds homes for homeless animals.  They are also an excellent resource that is dedicated to educating the public about puppy mills and they specialize in long distance adoptions all over the country.  We have given our support to HUA, and we hope you will too!


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