I just watched a video on MSN that everyone should see. It is about a popular online broker site(s) that sells people puppies sight unseen for extremely high prices. These puppies sell for as much and often MORE than I sell my dogs, yet have no health testing, no titles on either parent, and many arrive sick, if not near death.
MSN: Did online puppy site sell sick puppies?
If you watched the video you saw a lady who paid $2,000.00 for a golden / poodle mix, then had to sink $4,000.00 into the dog for vet bills. Another lady paid $1,500.00 for a Beagle puppy who died a few days later, after major vet bills. You do not want to be in this situation! Hopefully I can help you to never support a puppy mill with this blog post.
I sell all my poodles from advertising here on the internet. However, everyone online is not as honest as I am about their dogs or business practices. My own experiences locating breeding stock showed this to me early on. Breeders websites say their dogs are health tested, but I could find no health testing results on OFA and they could not be bothered to send me their copies. This is a red flag. So, how can you avoid being taken advantage of, yet still find a quality breeder?
1. Try to purchase a puppy from someone within driving distance to you, if at all possible. First, it will allow you to visit that breeder in person. You can get to know them, develop a relationship with them. If you are close, they can be more involved with you and your new addition. Sure, you might have to wait a while for that breeder to have puppies, but in the long run you will have more than a new puppy. You will have a new friend!
2. If you cannot purchase local, find a breeder who can supply a nice long list of happy owners. Ask to speak to people who have had both healthy and not so healthy dogs. Personally, I think the measure of a breeder is not in how they manage things when the sun is shining, it is when the clouds roll in and they get the dreaded call/email that one of their dogs is sick. Any breeder with any breed will have health issues crop up, I don’t care how careful they are, and yes that includes mixes. We are not God, we can’t control more than probability. The best of us do what we can to stack the odds in our favor. Everything else is a roll of the dice. Just because a breeder’s contract says they will refund or replace for a health issues doesn’t mean they have. I have refunded money for sick dogs and offered replacement puppies (with no requirement the first dog be returned!), and I have the owners out there ready to speak up and say I didn’t abandon them when the chips were down.
3. Look for proof of all they claim. What health testing do they say as been done? Can you locate the testing on a searchable database like OFA or CERF? If not, ask for them to provide copies. Send them no money until you see copies of titles and test.
4. Those of us who breed and do it right are passionate about our dogs, their health, and their welfare. We are careful about who takes one of our babies home. If you can push a button on a website and buy a puppy sight unseen, and that breeder is willing to let anyone with enough money take their puppy, you should RUN from that website as fast as you can. The only group of people who would sell a puppy in such a manner are puppy mills and brokers who deal with puppy mills.
Buy Local. If you can’t buy local, check references and go with someone you feel you can trust. Check for records on all titles and health testing. See if the breeder is as worried about YOU being a good home, as you are about THEM being a good breeder. If so, chances are you found a breeder worth knowing!
Quincy(9 months), Jazz (8 months), Mocha (7 months)
This weekend we attended the first UKC show of the season here in TX. Our puppies: Quincy (Anutta Commander and Chief), Jazz (Tintlet Rhapsody in Blue), and Mocha (Highview Double Mocha) all made their dog show debuts. With UKC, you have 2 shows every day, so a total of 4 shows this weekend. I’ll break the results down by day.
Show ONE- Jazz was Winner’s Bitch and Quincy was Winner Dog and Best of Winners. Quincy showed like he owned the place and went into the group totally into the game. He pulled out a Group 3 win!!
Show Two- Mocha was Winner’s Bitch and Quincy was Winners Dog and Best of Winners again! Quincy was amazing and seemed to love the new game.
On Sunday: all the dogs were a little keyed up. It was raining and we didn’t want messy poodle hair, so they were not able to play outside before the shows!
Show ONE- Jazz decided that she wanted me to show her instead of Heather (Quincy’s mommy) so she kept running towards me (I was handling Mocha) in the ring. Both girls had to be in the same class as they are both puppies and I didn’t breed either of them. Mocha was a little better than Jazz, so she won Winners Bitch. Quincy was a live wire and forgot how to walk on the leash (haha!). He pulled off Winners Dog but Mocha won Best of Winners.
Show Two- Mocha found her stride. Jazz gave her a run for her money but was to focused on me instead of Heather. The judge looked really hard at both girls having a very hard time deciding which to place first. Mocha just moved better and so was Best Female. Quincy again took Best Male, but Mocha beat him out for Best of Winners. Quincy simply couldn’t concentrate on showing. He wanted to go out and RUN and Splash in some puddles!!
I was able to snap a few shots of Quincy between rain showers. It was cold, windy, and wet all weekend.
Quincy is Co-Owned, handled, and loved by Heather McQuiddy in San Antonio
Jazz is Co-owned by her breeder, Gloria Ogdahl of Tintlet Poodles.
Quincy, Jazz, Mocha
Heather Stacking Quincy
The weekend was a roaring success!! We are beat tired, but in a good way. The next UKC show will be in mid February. We are already looking forward to it!
Flash, Jazz, and Mocha enjoying the finer things in life.
I read a great article on this subject today and wanted to share my thoughts. There is a strong correlation between mandatory spay/neuter laws and a decrease in city licensing of pets. It doesn’t matter if you are a breeder or pet owner, when the government starts mandating, rules start to get broken. People stop licensing their dogs, people stop going to the vet if the vet will report their dog as not spayed or neutered. In the end, these laws only increase the number of dogs euthanized in shelters because people stop letting the government know they even OWN a dog.
From “Save Our Dogs” blog:
For the animal services authority, return-to-owner is the lowest cost way to deal with dogs picked up stray. Dogs that are quickly returned to their owners don’t consume limited resources in the municipal shelter. Some animal services departments return licensed stray dogs directly to the owner, bypassing the shelter, reducing costs to the bare minimum.
Calgary animal services leads the way in North America, saving 95% of dogs they process thanks in large part to a return-to-owner rate for impounded dogs of 86%. Key to Calgary’s success is a dog licensing compliance rate that exceeds 90%. For a city of over 1 million people, Calgary has a relatively little public animal shelter space because their return-to-owner rate insures that most dogs are not housed in shelters for long. Calgary achieves this success at no cost to its taxpayers, the costs are almost entirely covered by pet license fees.
In California, only 62% of dogs in public shelters are saved. Return-to-owner for impounded dogs is a paltry 21%, in large part because only 22% of dogs are licensed in California. The low return-to-owner rates means that stray dogs must be housed longer in shelters, until they are either adopted out or euthanized. This increases costs. The low rates for dog licensing means that California’s taxpayers must cover most animal services costs.
This speaks volumes. If the government would stop trying to control the public choice and provide a service that does not force a choice, people usually do the right thing. If you start pushing people one direction, they will always turn and go the other way. We are a stubborn species!
From “Save Our Dogs” blog:
Mandatory spay-neuter laws break the bond of trust between many dog owners and their government. Dog owners have seen what happens after mandatory spay-neuter laws go into effect. Licensing makes their dogs known to government, and dog owners fear that government will whittle away their right to make their own informed choices about responsible dog ownership. An increasing number of dog owners would prefer that their government not know about their dogs.
Dog owners have seen the City of Los Angeles implement increasingly strict mandatory spay-neuter ordinances over the years that have turned law-abiding citizens into targets of their government. Dog owners have witnessed the enormous multi-year battles in state legislatures that have been required to stop mandatory spay-neuter laws. They have watched the spread of mandatory spay-neuter laws despite a consistent track record of failure.
Dog licensing is not the only path to saving stray dogs in community animal shelters. Some communities have achieved success with a greater emphasis on comprehensive adoption programs for dogs picked up stray. But returning stray dogs to their owners is a proven way to save lives. Even dogs that would be difficult or impossible to adopt can be returned to their owners, and dog licensing enables that. But high dog licensing rates require a level of trust between dog owners and their government that does not exist in many communities, thanks in large part to the policies that elected officials have chosen to pursue.
Whether policy makers intend it or not, mandatory spay-neuter laws are perceived by the public as especially oppressive and drive a wedge between the public and animal services departments. This perception reduces dog licensing rates, reduces dog licensing income, reduces return-to-owner rates, increases costs, and kills more dogs. Fortunately there are successful models that build public confidence, save money, and save lives.
As far as I know, no dog of mine has ended up in a shelter. I place 99% of my puppies as pets. All of those pets are spayed / neutered. My girls have 1-2 litters in their lifetime and then are spayed. The boys sire a few litters and are neutered. I keep my personal dog population down, currently only 3 dogs live with me. However, with laws like this I would be required by law to spay and neuter Mocha and Jazz, the future of my breeding program. I am not the problem, but the government does not care!
Most people in the US understand the benefits of spaying and neutering their dogs. Most people are willing to do the right thing, to help control the pet population and keep unwanted dogs off the street. Laws like these only cause us to mistrust our government. This is similar to my thoughts on banning guns. The normal average person who owns a gun is NOT the problem. They register their guns, the government can track those guns. It is the seeder section of society that do not follow the rules. Banning guns will not stop violence any more than mandating spay / neuter will fix the problem in our shelters! Those of us who follow the rules, do our best to work around what our cities give us, yet still provide society with great pets are the ones who suffer from laws such as this. When we were moving to TX 4 years ago, we bought a home in Universal City, TX instead of within San Antonio where Keith was working because of the strong anti-breeder legislation within San Antonio. Those of you who live in these large cities either need to fight these laws when they come up, or be prepared to travel farther and farther for your pets… maybe even out of our country in generations to come.
To read this full article go to: http://saveourdogs.net/
We were blessed to be able to travel home to Arkansas and visit family over the Thanksgiving holiday. On Friday night, my sisters Standard Poodle just wasn’t feeling well. Moiriane was over 11 years of age, but had been an amazingly healthy dog during her life. Lisa and I had talked about her ‘growing old’ over the last few months, not being able to jump up on the bed, not really wanting to play much. Friday night/ Saturday morning.. around midnight, Lisa went to the bathroom and found Moiriane looking very ill on the bathroom floor. She woke me up and asked me what she should do. We talked about it for a bit, I asked Moiraine if she wanted a cookie or to go bye bye and got no response. That was it, she had to go to the vet. Four hours later, Moiriane coded on the emergency vet’s table. Her bloodwork showed a infection, but nothing firm. She was so stoic, as these Standard Poodles always are. I think that is one reason they die so quickly, because they hide pain so well.
Moiriane had no papers, we have no idea on her pedigree. She was a beloved pet, the first ‘Blue” standard Poodle I had ever seen. She was independent, loved her stuffed toys, and very very opinionated! I have fond memories of Moiriane and Indigo, my old Black and Tan Shiba Inu, having tug ‘wars’ over toys when we would visit. The girls kept it civil… just barely. Both were serious about who would have the toy, neither would give in, both would sit there growling at the other, pulling on the toy until Lisa or I would step in and break up the ‘game’.
Merlot was the only dog Moiriane ever respected. If we were not careful, she would squat and pee when he would come in the door, during our visits in her younger years. Moiriane didn’t submissive pee for any dog but Merlot. Her love of kids was unsurpassed. She adored children! Adults she could take or leave, but kids… that was where it was at!! She was extremely smart, easy to live with, and had a serious sweet tooth! You could not leave any sweet item on the kitchen counter without risk. She lived for food, but especially sweets.
Merlot was the dog who converted my sister into a Std Poodle lover, but Moiriane was the matriarch, the Queen, the first Lady of the poodles in our family! She would be very sad if anyone should forget it.
It was a hard trip home, with sick kids, car issues, my sisters beloved girl passing. They say, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Well, I am hopeful December will hold fewer opportunities to ‘grow’ as a person.