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I BOUGHT A PUPPY FROM A PET STORE!

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Pet Store Puppy!

I Bought a Puppy from a Pet Store!

I wasn’t looking for a puppy, I had six (6) cats.  I had never wanted another dog.  Don’t get me wrong, I love ALL animals, except reptiles.  I didn’t even like friends to bring their dogs, when they came over.  I  knew my cats were not going to appreciate it, either.

I felt that dogs were so much more work.  You have to house train them. You can’t leave them alone.  You have to board them or get a pet sitter.  They are so much more dependent.  It’s like having a child, in comparison to a cat.

That being said, whenever I went to a pet store, I had a habit of looking at ALL of the animals.  On occasion, they would have a Ragdoll cat that I didn’t want to leave, at the store, but I managed to restrain myself and was content with petting the animals.

One day, six (6) years after adopting my last cat, I noticed a beautiful puppy and decided to visit with her.  I wasn’t looking to add any animals to the family but I fell in love with this Papillon puppy.

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I researched the background and characteristics of Papillons.  I read everything that I could find.  I also took time to decide if I was ready to make this kind of commitment.

After determining that I did want a Papillon, I went around to several breeders but couldn’t find a puppy that I liked more than her.  I went back to the store several times for over a week.

I talked to the store owner and the owner’s son, who was the store manager.  I told them that I had  met with several local breeders and had looked at a number of papillons.  The store owner stated that I had gone to his house, met with wife, and that I had looked at a different litter of his Papillon pups.  He explained that the one in the store was the last one from his previous litter.

I thought that I had done a thorough check on this puppy and felt I had made the best decision to adopt my little Papillon.  I took her directly to my vet, who gave her a clean bill of health.  She looked over her pedigree and gave me her approval.  She still thought I was crazy to add a puppy to all of my cats.

My puppy was great fun and I was thrilled!  She immediately went to the door and barked, when she needed to go outside.  She would play fetch with me and was getting along beautifully with my cats.  I immediately started training her and had her walking on a leash, even in the rain.

Her temperament was ideal.  She’d sleep in my lap and was totally devoted to me.  She followed me everywhere and would stay wherever I put her.  After she had all of her vaccines, I took her everywhere.  She was great with other people and everyone adored her.  My new child was no trouble at all.

What baffled me was that she didn’t come to me when I called her, and didn’t respond to ‘No’ or other words or noises.  I quickly determined that she was deaf.  To confirm my thoughts, I took her to my vet.

My vet investigated my suspicions and determined that I was correct.  I was heartbroken.  I loved my little puppy and wanted to keep her, deaf or not.  I had owned two (2) deaf cats, so I knew what to expect.  The main difference was that it would be imperative for me to keep her on a leash.

I was devastated and had to go back and talk to the pet store owner.  Having decided what the ideal outcome would be for me, I went to discuss the situation.  The fact that the store was packed was of great benefit to me.

First the owner wanted my puppy back and they’d give me store credit, minus $100.00.  After balking at that, I gave them my suggestion.  After a bit of bargaining, they agreed to let me keep my puppy and  in addition, I could either pick out an additional puppy or I could keep my puppy and get half 1/2 of my money back.  He did insist on getting my AKC papers back.

I went back and forth to the owner’s home and the store for almost a year and finally settled for getting half of my money back.  I started getting more concerned as to where these puppies were coming from and what potential  problems I was going to be adopting.

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Having not shared my story, some friends of mine purchased a puppy from the same store and their dog ended up in the “pet store’s vet”, for the first three (3) weeks that they owned her.

I’ve now had my Papillon for eight (8) years.  This past year both of her hips dislocated.  I thought the first one was a fluke.  The second one made me very suspicious, as to where this puppy came from.  My little dog was so uncomfortable and she was so upset that she couldn’t do her normal things.  It also cost me a fortune.  I’m hoping, for both of our sakes, that she does not continue to have medical problems.

This is not a normal problem for this particular breed.  This is just another flag that my puppy probably came from a backyard breeder or puppy mill.  I feel that her lineage was most likely inaccurate but since the store owner took back her AKC information that included her pedigree and I’m unable to investigate further.

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I have never told anyone that I adopted my first Papillon from a pet store.  I always felt that the store owner was the breeder.   I haven’t determined if these pet store owners were truly breeders or not.  Perhaps they got their Papillons from puppy mills and/or bad breeders and then kept them at their homes until they were old enough to sell in their store.

NO reputable breeder would EVER sell their puppies through a pet store, period.  That being said it’s my opinion, that every puppy sold in a pet store is from a bad breeder or a puppy mill.  I don’t know of any exceptions.

These poor animals are typically born in horrible conditions.  They’re kept in cages that are packed with dogs or so separated that they can’t socialize with other dogs and are exposed to numerous diseases.  The number of sick and dead animals that are found at these mills is astronomical.

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The pet stores aren’t thorough in their investigation of where their animals come from, let alone  what kind of homes they are placing these dogs in.  They don’t know who these people are who are adopting these animals.  They only go by what the adopted person says in the ten (10) minutes that it takes to have them fill out a form and ring them up.

Anyone who has a problem from a dog they purchased from a pet store should be kicking themselves.  What can you expect from an unreputable backyard breeder or puppy mill.  Those type of breeders don’t care about their pups, only money.  Animals are taken away from their mothers, when they are too young.  Not only do they not receive their mother’s nutrients from her milk but they learn no socialization skills, which can effect the puppies response to people, other dogs and training, as well.

Always buy from a reputable breeder that has the mother on-site.  If there is a particular breed that you want, there are also ‘specific’ dog rescue groups all over the U.S.  They are in most states and probably close to you.

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Contact the Human Society, American Kennel Club or the ASPCA, for additional information.

Read more from this author at http://MyPapillonWorld.blogspot.com

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