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"I Consider Him a Rescue"
  • sunyatasunyata
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    Someone posted this on Facebook this morning and I thought that it should be shared everywhere.

    Here is the link:

    Here are a couple of excerpts:

    Here's how it goes:
    Person A shows up with a puppy. Person B says "Oh, such a cutie! Where'd you get him?"
    Person A says "Well, I got him from a pet store, but they said he was getting so old that they were going to send him back to the broker!"
    "I got him from somebody selling puppies online, and when I got there the conditions were so bad I had to buy him!"
    "I called a breeder about puppies in the Want Ads, and she said that she had a puppy she was going to put down because he was sick!"
    "When I got there, I knew I shouldn't buy him, but I bonded instantly with him and I had to take him!"

    and they always, ALWAYS end with

    "So I consider him a rescue."

    That was NOT a rescue. That was a PURCHASE. And it is a purchase that rewarded, usually amply, the person selling the puppy.

    My next favorite part is when person B says something like the following:

    "Well, it doesn't matter where dogs come from, as long as they find love!"
    "I am sure you couldn't have left him behind!"
    "I am so glad that you gave him this wonderful happy ending!"
    "I can't believe nobody bought him before you! Good for you for buying him!"

    Do you REALLY think it doesn't matter where dogs come from, as long as they get carried off into the sunrise, surrounded by butterflies and the sound of an autoharp? Seriously?

    Do you think it does that person a BIT of good to have their PURCHASE given your stamp of approval?

    Because here's who DOESN'T go off into the sunrise:

    – All the other dogs in that pet store, which can continue in business another day because YOU just paid their rent and salaries and covered the pittance they paid for that puppy.

    – The next corgi puppy or Lab puppy or Shepherd puppy who gets ordered from Hunte Corp. because YOU showed them there's a market for this breed, so we'd better get two next time.

    – The other dogs in that breeder's home, who will now be bred again because wow, she just covered six months of electric bill in a single day thanks to YOUR check, so she WILL breed those dogs again.

    – The mother dog in the puppy mill somewhere in the Midwest, who will be bred again because Hunt corp got a ton of orders for corgis or Labs or Shepherds or Poodles this month.

    – The other dogs in your puppy's litter, who were sold to who knows what people with zero screening or any qualifications other than a credit card.

    If you did something wrong, if you made a mistake, even if you knew it was wrong and said heck with it, I'm doing it anyway, OWN IT. Say "I did something really stupid, something I hope you don't ever do, something I hope nobody ever does."

    If somebody comes to you chirruping about a puppy, say "He's gorgeous, but you can never, never do that again and here's why." Will it offend people? Absolutely. Will they think you're mean and uncharitable and go away saying "I don't regret a single thing I did! I'd do it again!" For sure.

    But the thing is, they WON'T do it again. The next time they stop in front of a pet store window, they'll hear your voice and they'll feel just a little bit ashamed, and they will NOT go back in. They may attribute the wiggle in their gut as a desire for Cinnabon that's greater than their desire to see a Beagle puppy, but the result is the same. A puppy does not get purchased.

    And if enough are not purchased, that pet store will go out of business. Don't think it can happen? It does all the time. When I was a kid, everybody got every pet from a pet store, and there were little mom and pop pet stores in every town. Now, I can think of only four or five within two hours of me. Those are staying in business because they have the tiny designer dogs of the moment; I haven't seen a big dog in a pet store in New England in years. IT'S WORKING.

    And if enough pet stores go out of business, Hunte will go out of business. And when that happens, thousands of puppy mills will simply shutter their doors. There will be a massive increase in dog auctions for six months and then they'll blessedly go away. And THAT is the true end we want.

    Don't settle for anything else.

    Just some food for thought...
    Bella 2Mountains 2Nola 2
    Casey, with Bella and Nola, hanging out in the mountains of Virginia.
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  • Well said!

    I recently had this discussion with someone who purchased a puppy, and no, it did not go well. I am also a member of a local sales group where byb are constantly posting puppies for sale. Your post inspired me to open a conversation on the site requesting that we stop allowing breeding posts,which is, so far, going well.

    Thanks for being so passionate and inspirational!
  • What an amazing article. This is what I think every time I see one of those people posting about their "rescue"
  • Um well I just got banned from the website for "causing drama". I guess the byb that use the site were let's than happy about my post. Go figure.

    So here comes my next question: besides not patronizing byb and pet stores, how do you get them shut down?
  • Great read and really an eye opener. Being on the other side with Tali the byb pup, I've run into a few people that do judge very hard for not adopting, rescuing, or getting one from a good breeder. However, I'm pretty straightforward with them and give a cliff notes version of how/why I ended up with her and why I'd never want to do it again. With people that don't know about mills/bybs, I make it very apparent about just how tough and stressful it is working with her issues and why it's that much more important to do their research. She's kind of my "This is why you don't want a byb/Shiba mascot" haha.

    @renitiadb - It's a long road but just like the article said, the message is getting out and it IS working. We just have to keep fighting for it. Just look at Phoenix,AZ and the law that was just passed on only allowing shelter dogs to be sold at pet stores. That's massive news!

    What I'm most concerned about though, is that the fight is not only against puppy mills, but the AKC as well.
    Post edited by Nikkitine at 2015-09-10 20:27:34
  • So, I bought my sessa from a pet store. I was 22 had never owned a dog before and they told me she had a pedigree.
    They showed me contact info for her breeder, showed me her family history, had her seen by the most expensive somewhat local vet, and had me convinced she was AKC eligible. They recommended I show her, and not alter her yet. They said she was an exceptional specimen and should be used for breeding.

    They covered her first vet visit after purchase, gave a discount on anything purchased there and clipped her nails for free every month. They had me, hook line and sinker. She had coccidia, and they payed for the visit, tests, and treatment. When I found out about how they got her, and puppy mills and all that I used to go back and moralizing with the owner. Beat around the bush about puppy mill dogs. And I never bought anything just went to get her nails trimmed for free.

    I never would purchase again and I was ashamed to tell anyone but I used to tell people I got her from a breeder.

    3 years after she was born the pet shop shut down without notice. I was food shopping and noticed it was closed early. Word is somebody sued the owner over a chronically ill pup. I am glad it's shut down, I would only buy from a reputable breeder, or rescue a shiba at this point.

    But at 4 years old I start crying anytime she's acting slightly off, because I got a pet shop shiba. I was lucky she has good hips, and knees, and no temperment issues. But she's not a rescue, I would never say that. Its not right to do so.
    Shiba Inu:
    doin' their own thing since 300 BC.

    With a black button nose, little pricked ears and a curly tail, the Shiba enters the world knowing he is a superior being
    Post edited by Jerricadotcom at 2015-09-14 13:12:47

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