So, as a dog lover, Shiba Inu friend, ethical human being, etc, what would you do if you ran across an ad, like this one?
“Shiba pups for sale:
We have a red and a black and tan pups for sale.They have first and second round of shots and are ready to go to good homes.We are asking $800. They are ACA registrable and come with a 3 generation pedigree.If you are interested call (x) and (y). You can email as well with any question at (their email). “
Also, there is a picture of a Shiba puppy being held with a cage bank in the background that has other puppies in it, the type that is found in pet store windows.
Am I blind, or does this ad scream “foul play!” regarding bad breeding. There are signs that a) money is most important, b) the parents were from petstores, and c) they know very little about the breed in general.
This was my query:
“Parents are Champions? I also assume they are perfect breed representatives and have undergone health testing (OFA, CERF, PennHip)? They’ll also come with a lifetime health guarantee? And I’m sure the parents are not from petstores and that you have spent years working to improve the breed and keep them out of shelters.”
Was I too critcal, cynical and unfair in asking these basic, basic questions to a total stranger who is advertising as a breeder? It was brought up to me that this may be the case by some members of my meetup group. Should I have instead written, “OMG, what a cute puppy! Can I have one? Are they all taken yet? Are they good with cats? It’s so awesome that you have all those puppies! I just love puppies. Here’s $800 cash. Welcome to the meetup group.”
I frequently find myself questioning people’s intentions and ethics more and more the longer that I have the privaledge of working with this breed (and dogs in general). I suppose I am starting to sound a little jaded, a little tired of repeating myself over and over, and possibly I’m sounding downright nasty.
But dang it! I’m super frustrated dealing with stupid, stupid owners and their lack of basic knowledge about their dogs, their personal unwillingness to learn, and the resulting high number of dogs in shelters and rescues because of dip shits like this seller perpetuating it all!
My, what a rant that was. I feel better for the moment. Happy Holidays, everyone, give your dogs a big hug, a good walk, and a nice healthy treat, they deserve it!
The origional post: http://www.meetup.com/www-seattleshibainu-com/messages/boards/thread/8072879/0