Hi everyone just wanted to announce that we put up our first youtube video yesterday to promote the fact that it is so very important to Rescue A Dog instead of purchasing one from a Pet Store or on the Internet. You can see that video here now.
The reason for not buying from a pet store or the Internet is because the pet stores and 99% of the dogs sold online come from a puppy mill.
Some things that everyone needs to know about puppy mills are they are the cruelest place in the world to be in if you are a dog. What many do not know about them is that a dog is put into a cage sometimes no bigger than 2ft by 2ft and if they are lucky they are in there alone. If not they share that small space with another dog sometimes two others. They are not let out of that cage again except maybe to breed or when they die. If something happens to them and they get hurt or get sick they are not allowed to see a vet. Instead either they get better or they die. If they break a bone it is never set or helped in anyway. Many dogs have such mats in their hair it causes them to get their legs stuck in the hair and then they can not walk or move and that often causes the leg to break.
They are in a cage with small bars all around including the bottom this is very hard on their feet. when they have to poop, it stays in the cage till it either falls through from drying out after some time or is soft and gets stepped on and squished through the floor. The poop goes below the cage and stays there till it rots away. I can not imagine the smell in there but these poor dogs know no different and after awhile just accept it even if that is so unnatural.
These poor dogs are fed only dry food and not much of that and their water is seldom clean. They never get a bath. Often thier puppies get sick and die and are not removed till long after they die days, weeks or when it is time to take the litter to give to the broker. At this time the dead puppy is simply thrown below the cage to rot.
These dogs loose their front teeth both on top and bottom from biteing the cage in some helpless attempt to escape this miserable home they have. Then there is the nervous dog who in this tiny space just spins and spins or runs in circles in an attempt to relieve effects of living in such a horible place. These poor dogs never see the light of day or feel grass under their feet they just live in filth.
Something that few know is that the puppies born in the puppy mill are sold to a broker who inturn takes them around to pet stores and sells them to the store. These brokers take all of the puppies they can get and care less how he treats them he will stuff as many as he can get into a small cage or crate and if some of them sufficate, get squashed or something else that causes death to them oh well too bad. It is not uncommon that only 50% or the puppies that leave the puppy mill ever arrive at a pet store alive. They are transported in a 18 wheeler just like cargo will go in the back where it is hot in summer and very cold in winter.
Another thing that makes these puppies not desirable is that many of them are inbreed and will have major problems that will effect them either early in life or later in life for sure. The puppy mills are not careful in their breeding it is not uncommon that a litter of puppies will not always be purbreeds. This was actually how the what is called today the designer dog came about. Poodles accidently were breed with Bichons and the Bichonpoo was born. So the Pet Stores in not wanting to lose the opportunity to make big money off a dog came up with designer dogs. Now many puppy mills breed for that.
I had a Bichonpoo once born in 2002 and felt at the time she was so special and in actually she was bought her off the Internet from a place in Ohio I lived then in California. She was flown to me and she as I remember was very scared when I first got her and I relize now why and that was because besides the person who took her out of the cage one day to bath her and get her ready to send to me she had never been out of that cage before then. She had not been handled by anyone but good thing was she was a puppy and soon adapted.
I felt so lucky to get a Desiner dog I paid a lot of money for her too. She turned out to be the best dog I ever owned in her personality and I was really all for designer dogs and in many ways am still today. Its seems that purbreed dogs often have many illness that a cross breed dog does not. So maybe this is not such a bad thing. But if you have your heart set on gettine one breed or another you should get what you pay very high prices for from a pet store not a designer dog in disquise.
Just to let you know how why a puppy mill is not only because of what I said above are so bad but do you know that industry is a multi million dollar industry? Here is how it works most puppy mills of any size at all have around a thousand female dogs. I am not certain how many males but the female is the main ones they have for obvious reasons.
Here is how the cyle goes the breeder puppy mill sells the puppies at usually 6 weeks of age some older or normal age to take away from the mom but not all. They will sell the dogs to the broker for $50.00 to S200.00 each. Then the broker sells these puppies to the pet store for around $400 on the average then the pet store administers antibiotics to the puppies and has a vet who will say they are perfect puppies. The reason for the antibiotics is to make the puppy look as healthy as they can be when the truth is they are not healthy at all. They clean up the puppies put bows in their hair and put them on display and tell all who sees them they are purbreed and have papers. Now the AKC will give papers to anyone who simply fills out the paperwork and sends that in. So it is not hard to get papers on any dog at all. I know of one person who challenged this and regiatered a litter of cats as pure breed poodles once just to prove how easy it was to get papers that simply mean nothing.
So the buyer never knows for some time after the purchase that they got a unhealthy dog. Pet Stores often sell these dogs for as much as $3,500 for each puppy. This is why pet stores take on the burdon of from time to time having to take a puppy back which is when that happens they puppy is often simply just killed. Remember they paid around $400 for it and since it is sick they can never get their money back out of it and besides would not look good to have it be known that a puppy like that came from their store so instead get rid of the evidence! The pet stores are very much aware of the fact that many puppys are not well puppies. They do not care they like all in this chain are simply in it for the money they can make off this terrible cycle. They can not make the kind of money they do by dealing with a responsible breeder where all of the puppies from them are guaranteed and always healthy in many ways more than any puppy mill puppy ever has a chance to be, so instead they buy all of their puppies from a puppy mill. PetCo is the biggest buyer of puppy mill dogs moreso than any pet store on the planet! 101% of the puppies at petco are from a puppy mill.
It is good that some people refuse to buy any products or even shop in any pet store that sells live animals as not just puppies but many or most live animals in pet shops come from the same kind of situations as puppy mills. It just that most pet stores sell more puppies than any other type of animal.
I live in Missouri which is known as and considered the Puppy Mill Capital of the World there are more puppy mills in Missouri than any other state in the united states. The reason behind this is because in the state of Missouri the government allows these puppy mills to exist and a year or so ago the voters of this state voted in a bill that put great restrictions on the puppy mills and many were going to have to close down. As cleaning up their acts reducing the number of dogs they had and making sure the dogs had veternarian inspections regularily and grooming and other things so that the dogs would no longer live in total hell. They had to make sure that the places were clean and ventilation for the dogs and so many good things would have changed. Since this is a multi million dollar a year industry. It was not long before payoffs were made and that law got overturned. So once again Missouri could keep its name as the Puppy Mill Capital of the world.
There are several people like me here who are working very hard to change all this but the best thing we can do is bring to as many people the knowledge of why they simply can not buy from pet stores or the Internet anymore as without customers the puppy mills will eventually go out of business and stop the cruel things they do to the poor dogs and make it once again just for responsible breeders.