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Breeders

by sands904 on 5/30/2010 at 6:59 PM in Designer Dogs

So, yesterday I received a somewhat nasty email from one of our former members berating our site for not allowing breeders to post dog's for sale on it. While some of you might know we used to allow breeders to list Dogs for Sale on our site but after several complaints and much research on my part I decided it was in the best interest of the dogs and our site to no longer allow them to be posted. I do understand that many people probably come to our site looking for a puppy to purchase but we have no way to verify the integrity of the ads or breeders posting them. I started this site not just as a community for dogs and dog lovers but as a way to provide information out about mixed-breed and designer dogs along with health, training, etc. and to allow owners to connect with other owners.
As the person pointed out we may be losing out on new members because of this decision. I am okay with that. I just wanted to reach out to our member community and get your input on this topic. My intention is not to push good and ethical breeders away but to maintain the integrity of our Community and not become part of the problem when it comes to Backyard Breeders and Puppy Mills. Besides being a web designer I am a passionate dog lover and aspiring trainer. As such I do a ton of reading and research about dog health, nutrition, behavior, etc and this has become a topic that is very near and dear to my heart. I adopted my third dog Lance from our local shelter. Perhaps my passion for trying to help shelter dogs find homes and keep more from making it there has taken me too far to one side in regards to this topic. Again any comments or feedback would be greatly appreciated.
 
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The migration of our site...

by sands904 on 6/3/2009 at 11:43 PM in Designer Dogs

You may have noticed some changes with our site over the past few months. I have changed our focus to help promote adoption and rescue of these wonderful dogs. It is a personal decision that I have made after learning some sad but most likely true things about my own Chipoos.

I have two 3 year old Chipoos a male Logan and a female Lacey that we purchased from 'Breeders'. My husband and I decided that we wanted a dog so I started looking around or area. We knew that we wanted a smaller dog that wouldn't shed much and thus we decided on a Poodle Mix. Unfortunately, that was pretty much where my research ended. I did not do any research about getting a puppy, responsible breeders, puppy mills, etc.

We found a place in our area that had puppies at a flea market (of all places...) so we decided to go and look at them. Of course we found the cages of puppies so cute and adorable that we couldn't resist (who can?). So needless to say we ended up coming home with our first bundle of joy, Lacey.

After a few weeks we decided that Lacey needed a playmate (or rather she decided for us) so I started looking for another Chipoo in our area, but of course couldn't find one. I resorted to scouring the internet in search of a Chipoo. Finally, I found a litter of them from a 'Breeder' in Missouri. There were five in the litter 3 females and 2 males (interestingly enough their website listed one of the males as a female until we talked to the guy when he told us that it was a male...that probably should have been my first clue...). Well, that was the one we choose. A little boy, Chipoo they called Napoleon. We choose him from only one picture online. A picture in which he looked very scared. I asked no questions about the littermates, parents, facilities, etc. I know now that that was a HUGE MISTAKE.

We made the arrangements to have him flown to us (another thing I would NEVER do again). That scared little boy in the picture is still a shy, scared little 3 year old Chipoo. We can't help but wondering if some of his fear was a result of that flight...

I am telling this story for the benefit of everyone. Please do your research before getting a puppy. I do not want to upset our many members but I cannot help but be honest with you and everyone else who visits our site. I am not saying that you should not buy a dog from a breeder. I am just saying that you should definitely do more research that I did. We have Logan in a class now to help him with his aggression and fear and the more I read about 'Puppy Mill' puppies the more I believe he is one of them. In fact the website that we found him on was gone shortly after we got him. As for Lacey, the place we got her is still advertising lots of puppies at a low price all the time (another good indication of a 'Puppy Mill')

I love all of my dogs more than anything and would not trade them for anything in the world but I do feel ashamed and guilty that I supported these 'Puppy Mills' if that is indeed what they were and as a result I have decided to do my part to help put a stop to 'Puppy Mills' and promote Dog Adoption. I am definitely not going as far as some people who believe that all 'Designer Dogs' are bred in Puppy Mills. There are many breeders out there who are doing proper testing and ensuring the dogs they are breeding are in great health and the parents are kept in great facilities and the puppies are well cared for. All of our breeds today were created by dedicated individuals who love their dogs and care about their health above all else especially money.

It is unfortunate that many have ruined this and breed dogs purely for money. Treating dogs inhumanely to make money it despicable and we should all do our part to put an end to their suffering. Please help support us in our quest to do this!
 
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