|Barked: Sat Oct 6, '12 12:21pm PST |
|I have a friend who absolutely goes nuts over Frankie. So much so that she is looking to get a dog now. She has never had a dog either. I told her I got him off of petfinder, and she kind of (okay, a lot!!) shies away from 'shelter' dogs or thinks 'rescue' dogs somehow have something 'wrong' with them..Yes, I have given her the spiel about puppy mills and so far have steered her away from PetLand..
So now she has found a website called fuzzy wuzzy puppies and she wants one in the worst way possible..I have explained to her the experiences some have had from buying a puppy off the internet, how there are always loopholes in the health 'contracts,' etc..But she is still wanting to go this route..
She thinks because the pricetag ($1400.00) seems to 'guarantee' that the puppy will be 'better' or more chance of being 'healthy'..
As I have said, I have tried to steer her towards a rescue or shelter dog, but she seems really mind-set that these $1400.00 dogs are in some way 'better' than the rescue dogs..it breaks my heart..
I know people are gonna do what they want to do, but I am trying to learn about anything more I can tell her to steer her away from these 'internet breeders'...
Here is the website..I think what really further sold her is the dang 'song' they have..all she talks about is 'that song on fuzzy wuzzy puppies'..and I keep hearing her reference 'fuzzy wuzzy puppies'..I need to arm myself with more information to steer her away from this route...
I am sure it is possible to get a 'good' dog from this route, and I know there is always a risk of any kind of dog regardless of 'where' it came from..but I want to help her see there is actually more of a 'risk' going this route than a shelter or rescue dog..
She goes on how 'they have their shots, they are wormed, they are socialized..etc..etc..etc..' What I tell her is she can get the very same thing from a rescue group.
The rescue group I got Frankie from, while I may have had suspicions they were a front for a puppy mill (each week they posted dozens of small-breed puppies), but Frankie was only $350.00 and had all of what these 'fuzzy wuzzy puppies' come with..(except the health guarantee, which, judging from the loopholes, it is pretty easy to NOT qualify for the guarantee..)
I do not want to overwhelm her and make her mad, and at the same time I do not want to bombard her with information and she still get one of these pups and then be mad at me bc she did not 'listen' to the suggestions..
Should I keep my mouth shut and let her do what she wants, or, if I want to further steer her away from internet breeders, what is some more info I can use to GENTLY teach her about the hazards of these types of breeders...?
Truth be told, I am a little surprised she is so seriously considering this breeder..she is a verrryyy smart lady (lawyer) and just that website is so riddled with strange graphics and so many typos, I am surprised she is seriously considering them..they just do not look very "professional," for lack of a better word..
Edited by author Sat Oct 6, '12 12:30pm PST
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