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The lady usually sells her pups for $350 but I got Bailey for $150 due to the circumstances. We have the money to get a well bred $2000 dog, but once again ignoring this problem was not going to get this precious dog a good home or stop the breeder from breeding again.
Bailey (et al) are very lucky to have you! I'm sure since Bailey's owner was able to sell the rest of the puppies, she will surely breed again, so don't take the next comments as directed at you (and I definitely think all puppies deserve a good home once they are here, whether they were planned or not).
So many people want to "save" a puppy from a bad situation/breeder/pet store and they often pay of the bad breeder/pet store for the puppy. Yes, it will make a difference for *that* puppy (and that's wonderful for *that* puppy), but in the long run, it really only promotes more poor breeding. Why would the "breeder"/pet store stop breeding/selling more dogs when they were successful at getting rid of the previous? I wish there was a good answer to counteract this. Not buying from the bad breeders/pet stores will eventually put them out of business (if the general public can be educated), but that is at the cost of puppies currently in the system (who will probably make someone very happy). Continuing to "rescue" (ie buy) puppies from these avenues will only promote more puppies being produced. Sounds like a rock and a hard place to me...
I do choose to buy my puppies from "good" breeders (well dog #1 was from a puppy mill
). Mostly because of what I expect from my dogs (we compete in performance events), but also because using a good breeder helps keep them in business. I look at it kind of like "buying local" to help keep your local businesses in business.
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